Taggart wins it late as 10-man City deflate

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Adam Taggart netted a 97th minute winner to see Perth Glory defeat 10-man Melbourne City 2-1 at nib Stadium on Saturday night.

In a match of two halves the result sees Perth snap a streak that has seen them win just one game in the last seven.

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A lacklustre first half was lit up after youngster Daniel Arzani carved open Perth’s defence before cracking a stunning strike to put the visitors ahead.

City were then forced to defend resolutely after Bart Schenkeveld was sent off following his second bookable offense midway through the second half.

But it was City’s former employee who had the last laugh with Kilkenny calmly slotting home from just outside much to City coach Warren Joyce’s disgust.

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Kilkenny’s goal seemed to galvanize the 8,029 strong home crowd who haven’t had a lot to cheer about of late and it seemed to help as Taggart scored what has to be one of his most enjoyable goals of his career late on.

Perth started the livelier of the two sides with Joel Chianese and Andy Keogh energetic in the opening exchanges.

The moments that followed were somewhat less inspiring and in truth it there would be more spice in a Jamie Oliver school lunch curry then what unfurled in the first half at nib Stadium.

That was until Daniel Arzani produced a bit of magic on right the stroke of half-time, justifying the admission price paid by fans.

The nineteen year old completely exposed veteran defender Dino Djulbic, cutting inside onto his right foot and striking a divine curling finish into the top right corner past a helpless Liam Reddy.

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Perth coach Kenny Lowe tried to inspire his side through a double substitution bringing on Spaniard Andreu and World Cup hopeful Taggart.

The duo combined well chances falling to Chianese and Taggart in the second half with both firing wide from narrow angles.

City were then reduced to ten men when Schenkeveld slid in unnecessarily on Joseph Mills to collect his second booking after a late challenge on Kilkenny earlier.

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With Arzani sacrificed the Glory sensed blood and increased its intsenity on goal with Taggart misfiring multiple headers.

The goal looked to be only a matter of time though and when a short corner wasn’t cleared properly by City, former player Neil Kilkenny buried a side-footed shot into the bottom corner to set-up a grandstand finish.

That gave way to a grandstand finish and nib Stadium was sent into raptures as a late break saw home-town hero Taggart head home in the dying stages of the match.

Perth Glory 2 (80′ Kilkenny, 90+7′ Taggart)
Melbourne City 1 (44′ Arzani)

nib Stadium (8029)

Referee: Shaun EVANS
Assistant Referees: Wilson BROWN and Arvin SHANMUGANATHAN
Fourth Official: Adam FIELDING

Perth Glory FC: 33. REDDY Liam [GK], 2. GRANT Alexander, 7. CHIANESE Joel, 8. TORRES Xavier, (58′ 18. GUERAO Andreu) 9. KEOGH Andrew, 16. MILLS Joseph, 17. CASTRO Diego, (80′ 20. BRIMMER Jake) 23. NEVILLE Scott, 26. ITALIANO Jacob, (66. DJULBIC Dino, 88. KILKENNY Neil.

SUBSTITUTES: 13. FEELY Nick [GK], 18. GUERAO Andreu, 20. BRIMMER, 22. TAGGART Adam, 37. SCOTT Walter.

Melbourne City FC: 1. BOUZANIS Dean [GK], 3. JAMIESON Scott, , 5. SCHENKEVELD Bart, 7. FITZGERALD Nick, 8. BOZANIC Oliver, 10. VIDOSIC Dario, 14. ARZANI Daniel, (68′ 4. DELBRIDGE Harrison) 22. JAKOBSEN Michael, 26. BRATTAN Luke, 27. BUDZINSKI Marcin, 37. ATKINSON Nathaniel (74′ 11.KAMAU Bruce).

SUBSTITUTES: 18. GALEKOVIC Eugene [GK], 4. DELBRIDGE Harrison, 11. KAMAU Bruce, 23. FORNAROLI Bruno, LESIOTIS Anthony.

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Connor Gibbons
Connor Gibbons
Football fan and digital communications officer following Perth Glory during the 2017/2018 A-League season.

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