Glory and City share the spoils in 2-2 draw

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A struggling Perth Glory and travelling City had to settle for a point each in a game that had seven yellows and a red to go with with the 2-2 result.

With Melbourne City looking to continue their momentum following a controversial 3-2 win against the Wanderers and Perth labeling the encounter a must-win, it was always going to be a battle.

City started strongly in the opening five minutes with golden boy Burno Fornaroli and Aaron Mooy heavily involved.

Glory, who showed some great signs last week, worked themselves into the game nicely. Chris Harold regularly found space behind the City defence yet was unable to finish a string of guilt edged chances.

Melbourne City were on the ropes after a strong spell from Perth however Erik Paartalu took advantage of Glory’s poor finishing to put the visitors in front on 31 minutes.

It was an all too regular scenario for the Glory faithful, their lack of cutting edge in the final third has cost them too many times this season.

Despite the setback the home side looked determined to bounce back with Diego Castro pulling the strings for the home side.

With some half chances to Gyorgy Sandor and Andy Keogh saved comfortably by the seemingly injured Thomas Sorensen, the confidence continued to grow for the seventh placed side.

Perth Glory got the goal they thoroughly deserved deep inside first half stoppage time through Spanish veteran Castro. The former La Liga man dispatched his free-kick into the apex of Sorensen’s goal as the Danish international was left rooted to the spot by the accuracy of the strike.

The sublime equaliser combined with yellow cards to former Perth defender Jack Clisby and goal-scorer Paartalu set up a mouthwatering second half.

Melbourne City, who looked very much off the pace in the first half, silenced the home crowd in the opening stages of the second half as Socceroo Aaron Mooy saw his deflected strike nestle into Covic’s net. Mooy, who has been outstanding this season, was allowed too much time in the final third and his one-two with Fornaroli opened the Glory defence.

The home side refused to fall down to the high-flying visitors, though.

Josh Risdon’s tireless display characterised the evening for Perth and they were rewarded for their persistence in the shape of Chris Harold.

Harold, who was yet to score this season, scraped home a tap-in following some great control and shot from Keogh. The strike won’t exactly enter the Puskas shortlist, but the forward was ecstatic to finally end his goal-drought and equalise on 61 minutes.

Just as Perth were looking to build from their equaliser and spirited performance, Ben Williams controversially sent Jacob Collard for an early shower following a second-bookable offence just two minutes after Harold’s goal.

The young defender, who had been solid all game was ruled to have kicked the ball away after Williams had blown for a foul. Whilst Collard did kick the ball, Keogh caught it before it went a considerable distance and City were not looking to play on quickly. It was the second red-card in two weeks for the struggling side who are already paper thin at the back.

With City boasting a numerical advantage everyone expected them to run away with the match, however the gritty Glory had other ideas.

Melbourne’s second half showing was far from inspirational with their flow and flare at a premium, which was a credit to the defensive effort of the home side.

Apart from a few wild strikes from Mooy and Paartalu from distance, City were unable to create a clear-cut opportunity to restore their lead.

Just as Glory did against Adelaide in last weeks loss, they looked to defy the odds and snatch and unlikely winner. Harold came closest on 73 minutes as his shot from an impossible angle struck the base of the post.

It wasn’t to be for either side however, as the entertaining and card-filled game ended 2-2.

The result will have both sides disappointed, especially considering the inability of City to make the most of their one-man advantage and Glory again failing to make the most of their chances in front of goal.

Perth Glory: 1. COVIC, Ante (GK) 3. WARREN, Marc 7. SANDOR, Gyorgy 9. KEOGH, Andy 13. FERREIRA, Diogo 14. HAROLD, Chris 17. CASTRO, Diego 18. OXBORROW, Mitchell 19. RISDON, Joshua (GK) 29. WILLIAMS, Aryn.

Subs: 10. MARINKOVIC, Nebojsa 11. GARCIA, Richard 12. TYSON, Jerrad 15. GLIGOR, Hagi 24. REINERS, Jamal

Melbourne City: 1. SORENSEN, Thomas 3. HUGHES, Aaron 6. PAARTALU, Erik 8. MOOY, Aaron 9. NOVILLO, Harry 11. ZULLO, Michael 18. RETRE, Paulo 23. FORNAROLI, Bruno 24. KISNORBO, Patrick (c) 25. MELLING, Jacob.

Subs: 15. WILLIAMS, David 16. TRIFIRO, Jason 17. DEKKER, Wade 19. GARRUCIO, Benjamin 20. BOUZANIS, Dean (GK).

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Bryce Conway
21-year-old Communications and Media Student at UWA, avid Liverpool and Seinfeld enthusiast following Perth Glory during the 2015/2016 A-League season.

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