O’Donovan’s late equaliser scores Brisbane a point in Perth

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In the final seconds of the match Roy O’Donovan’s header gave Brisbane Roar the equaliser to make it 1-1 against Perth Glory on Sunday night.

Glory had the bulk of possession early on and showed promising signs in the first five minutes with multiple attacks by left-back Joel Chianese.

It was Chianese that had the first effort on goal for the day with a floated ball from a wide position outside the box.

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Gregory Wuthrich and Chris Ikonomidis both had good chances on goal within the first 10 minutes. Wuthrich rose high on a corner and put a header well over the bar, while Ikonomidis failed to challenge the keeper after Bruno Fornaroli laid a ball to him on the penalty spot.

Brisbane were able to create a few chances of their own through their chief distributor Stefan Mauk and created a nervy moment for Glory when Brandon Wilson and Liam Reddy struggled to negotiate a wayward cross at the back post. The left hand of Reddy was all that stood between the Glory and what would have been a comical own-goal.

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Brandon Wilson was booked 13 minutes in after a robust challenge on Aiden O’Neill, and it was O’Neill floored again after a collision with Juande in midfield.

Kilkenny also saw a yellow card after a late clip on Mauk.

It was Ikonomidis that scored the opener 34 minutes in for Glory after the all-star combination of Fornaroli and Castro pushing into the midfield played him through and he tucked his first-time effort past Max Crocombe.

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The Roar dominated the period of football between the Ikonomidis goal and the interval but their efforts to find the head of O’Donovan were fruitless as Wuthrich and Alex Grant mitigated his aerial threat.

Sustained possession was hard to come by and the second half looked headed for a tame finish before Connor O’Toole was found inside the box and headed the ball down to O’Donovan who scored a diving header with just seconds remaining.

The goal required the intervention of VAR, adding to a dramatic finish to an otherwise lukewarm season opener.

The draw means Glory miss the opportunity to embark on their road trips to Geelong and Wellington with the reassurance of three points already under their belts.

While Brisbane will be relieved to head home with a point after most of their nine club debutants showed positive signs.

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Perth Glory 1 (Chris IKONOMIDIS 34’)
Brisbane Roar 1 (Roy O’DONOVAN 90’)
HBF Park
Attendance: 9829

Referee: Shaun Evans
Assistant Referees: Josh Mannella & Arvin Shanmuganathan
Fourth Official: Adam Fielding

Perth Glory: Liam REDDY (GK), Alex GRANT, Gregory Wuthrich (Dino DJULBIC 80’), Joel CHIANESE, Bruno FORNAROLI, Osama MALIK, Brandon WILSON (Soobeom Kim 62’), Diego CASTRO (C), Chris IKONOMIDIS (Kristian POPOVIC 85’), JUANDE, Neil KILKENNY

Unused subs: Gabriel POPOVIC, Jacob TRATT, Tando VELAPHI (GK)

Brisbane Roar: Maxime CROCOMBE (GK), Scott NEVILLE, Thomas ALDRED, Macauleay GILLESPHEY, Roy O’DONOVAN, Bradden INMAN (Jai INGHAM 75’), Aiden O’NEILL, Stefan MAUK, Jake MCGING (Aaron HOLLOWAY 82’), Connor O’TOOLE, James O’SHEA

Unused subs: Jamie YOUNG (GK), Daniel BOWLES, Jacob PEPPER, Aaron REARDON

Feature Image Credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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