Glory hand Melbourne City first defeat of season

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Perth Glory have handed Melbourne City its first defeat of the season after a 3-2 victory in a highly entertaining game played at AAMI Park in front of 8,076 fans this evening.

The match looked certain to be headed for a draw before a calamity of Melbourne City errors gifted Andy Keogh his third goal in the 86th minute; Glory’s match winner.

It was a fiery contest which saw Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe watch the second half from the stands after a half time incident with referee Alan Milliner.

Tensions were high from the outset, an early Rostyn Griffiths goal was disallowed due to the corner kick swerving in and out of play.

But it didn’t matter. Only seconds later in the 7th minute, Glory couldn’t have wished for a better start with Andy Keogh’s tidy finish putting the visitors 1-0 up.

Glory were creating all the chances early with Josh Risdon’s 16th-minute volley blasting just past the post.

After the 19th minute the skies gave way and rain began to fall, forcing the majority of the game to be played in slippery conditions. This did not suit City as they resorted to long passes under pressure which were constantly intercepted by Glory’s solid defense.

City’s first real chance came in the 22nd minute however marquee man Tim Cahill put a Luke Brattan cross over the bar.

Bruno Fornaroli looked sluggish in the first half; slipping a number of times and lacking the standard of passing fans have come to expect from him.

Bruce Kamau’s face got in the way of a Glory clearance, leaving him dazed and groggy. He was substituted in the 36th minute for Luke Fitzgerald, ridding Melbourne City of the new-recruit’s electric pace and intensity.

Fornaroli then converted a controversial 44th minute penalty for City, that saw two Glory defenders booked. The equaliser provided City with a much needed spark going into the half time break.

However it was Glory who got off to the perfect start in the second half with Keogh making it 2-1 by adding to his tally after heading one past Melbourne ‘keeper Dean Bouzanis.

City’s intensity lifted as Fernando Brandan created chances left, right and center. His effort was rewarded, equalising for City with a wonderful finish from inside the box.

The score was 2-2 and the final 30 minutes promised to be something special.

The yellow cards continued to flow and referee Alan Milliner seemed whistle-happy for the full 90 minutes.

City and Glory had multiple chances late, with both teams’ goalkeepers making superb saves.

The final score seemed destined for a 2-2 draw, which would have been a fair result for the tightly contested match.

But Andy Keogh had other ideas. His third goal winning the game for Glory in the dying minutes. A hat-trick earned him Man of the Match honours.

Melbourne City 2 (Fornaroli 44′, Brandan 62′)
Perth Glory 3 (Keogh 6′ 49′ 86′)

Stadium: AAMI Park
Crowd: 8,076

Referee: Alan Milliner
Assistant Referee 1: Luke Brennan
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Toth
Fourth Official: Shaun Evans

Melbourne City: 2. MUSCAT Manny, 3. ROSE Josh, 8. KILKENNY Neil, 10. CACERES Anthony (14. ARZANI Daniel 78′), 11. KAMAU Bruce (12. FITZGERALD Luke 36′), 17. CAHILL Tim (6. MALIK Omah 71′), 20. BOUZANIS Dean (GK), 22. JAKOBSEN Michael, 23. FORNAROLI Bruno (C), 26. BRATTAN Luke, 27. BRANDAN Fernando

Perth Glory: 2. GRANT Alex, 3. WARREN Marc, 6. DJULBIC Dino, 8. GRIFFITHS Rostyn (C), 9. KEOGH Andy (MILLS 89′), 10. MARINKOVIC Nebo, 14. HAROLD Chris, 15. WILSON Brandon (24. SMILJANIC Milan 62′), 17. CASTRO Diego, 19. RISDON Josh, 33. REDDY Liam (GK)

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