Glory shock Victory to claim stunning comeback win

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Perth Glory have condemned Melbourne Victory to their second loss of the week, claiming a 2-1 win at NIB Stadium in Perth.

The game burst into life in the second half, with goals to Adam Taggart and Nebojsa Marinkovic cancelling out Besart Berisha’s penalty.

The Glory were forced into three changes with skipper Rostyn Griffiths (suspended), Alex Grant (ankle) and Chris Harold (shoulder) all unavailable, whilst the Victory made five changes for their trip west.

Neither side was able to truly dominate the opening half, with both teams failing to muster a guilt-edge opportunity.

It was a relatively open contest nonetheless, with the quality of passing and fierce play the highlight of the opening 45 minutes.

The major talking point of the first period arose in the lead up to Besart Berisha’s missed penalty on the stroke of half time.

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James Troisi played a clever one-two with Berisha, only for the closing Shane Lowry to lose his footing as he attempted to tackle, cynically fouling the Victory man.

Referee Peter Green didn’t hesitate to point to the spot.

Glory ‘keeper Liam Reddy showed his class once again, diverting Berisha’s attempt onto the post.

It was the first and last piece of real action in the opening 45 minutes, as both teams entered the sheds locked at 1-1.

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Perth came out firing in the second half and would have been disappointed to find themselves behind, as Berisha made up for his earlier error and put his team ahead in the 57th minute.

The Glory were caught too far up field from an attacking corner, and the Victory were quick to counter.

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Joseph Mills carelessly collected James Troisi as he cut in from the left flank, for the game’s second spot kick. Berisha stepped up and made it 1-0.

Melbourne substitute Marco Rojas should have put the game to bed in the 67th minute, but failed to convert a clear one-on-one chance with Reddy.

Perth would make the Victory rue their missed chances and substitute Nebojsa Marinkovic levlled the scores in the 77th minute, curling perfect free-kick around the oddly-placed victory wall. 1-1.

The Glory mustered all the fighting spirit that has been lacking at times this season, and bagged the winner through Adam Taggart in the 85th minute.

Josh Risdon found space down the right flank and smashed in a near post cross to the rushing Taggart, who put his team ahead to an almighty roar from the home crowd.

Perth held on professionally and bagged three more points to extend their current unbeaten run to five games.

For Melbourne, it will be a long flight back home as they turn their attention to next weekends top of the table clash against Sydney FC.

Perth Glory 2 (Marinkovic 77’, Taggart 85’)
Melbourne Victory 1 (Berisha PEN 56’)

Attendance: 11,271
Stadium: NIB Stadium, Perth

Referee: Peter Gree
Assistant Referees: Nathan MacDonald, Ashley Beecham
Fourth Official: Adam Fielding

Perth Glory: 33. REDDY Liam (GK), 4. LOWRY Shane, 6. DJULBIC Dino, 7. CHIANESE Joel (10. MARINKOVIC Nebojsa 70’), 9. KEOGH Andy ©, 15. WILSON Brandon, 16. MILLS Joseph, 17. CASTRO Diego, 19. RISDON Joshua, 22. TAGGART Adam, 24. SMILJANIC Milan
Substitutes: 13. FEELY Nicholas (GK), 3. WARREN Marc, 11. GARCIA Richard, 23. PETRATOS Kosta

Melbourne Victory: 20. THOMAS Lawrence, 5. GEORGIEVSKI Daniel, 6. BROXHAM Leigh, 8. BERISHA Besart, 10. TROISI James, 11. AUSTIN Mitchell (7. ROJAS Marco 64’), 15. BARO Alan, 16. MAHAZI Rashid, 17. DONACHIE James, 21. VALERI Carl ©, 23. INGHAM Jai
Substitutes: 40. ACTON Matthew (GK), 9. BEISTER Maximilian, 19. HOWARD George, 22. NIGRO Stefan

Featured image credit: Matt Johnson

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