Perth cause major boilover in 3-0 win over City

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Perth Glory have won their second match of the season, stunning Melbourne City 3-0 at AAMI Park. 

The win handed City their first loss at home in their last 16 matches, with former forward Bruno Fornaroli nailing a goal in his first game against his former side.

This was followed by an own goal from City defender Harrison Delbridge, and a headed goal from Tomislav Mrcela in the second half to secure the win for the Glory.

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In the 17th minute, Perth squandered a golden opportunity to take the lead after a miscued pass from City keeper Dean Bouzanis was intercepted by Diego Castro, leaving an unguarded goal, however the strike went high.

Ten minutes later Fornaroli opened the scoring, delivering a header into the left corner.

The former Melbourne forward outmuscled the significantly taller Delbridge to connect with a high, deflected strike from Jaunde, which was met by jeers from the City crowd.

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Two minutes after the break, Perth’s lead was doubled following an own goal from Delbridge.

A low strike from Gregory Wuthrich was met by Delbridge’s outstretched foot and ricocheted into the back of the net.

City midfielder Josh Brillante then had a chance to get one back from the edge of area, but his strike was off-target and sailed high.

Perth then created another opportunity to extend the margin following a foul on Jaunde in front of goal, but Castro’s attempt thundered into the wall.

Then, in the 70th minute Perth struck again. Neil Kilkenny delivered a superb cross to Mrcela, who headed the ball home for the Glory’s third goal.

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Late in the game Melbourne thought they had scored when Connor Metcalfe angled a shot past the ‘keeper, however he was adjudged offside.

Perth entered the game on the bottom of the table, but with the win jumped up to sixth.

Meanwhile, City squandered a chance to return to the top of the table with the loss that raised questions about their title credentials.

Melbourne City 0

Perth Glory 3 Fornaroli (27’) Delbridge (47’ Own Goal) Mrcela (70’).

AAMI Park

Referee: Shaun Evans

Assistant Referees: Owen Goldrick, George Lakrindis

Fourth Official: Lachlan Keevers

Melbourne City: Scott GALLOWAY, Scott JAMIESON (c), Harrison DELBRIDGE, Josh BRILLANTE, Rostyn GRIFFITHS, Javier CABRERA, Jamie MACLAREN, Craig NOONE, Curtis GOOD, Dean BOUZANIS (gk), Connor METCALFE, Lachlan Wales (Sub 60’) Adrian Luna (Sub 70’), Nathaniel Atkinson (Sub 78’)

Unused Subs: Tom GLOVER (gk), Denis GENREAU, Richard Windbichler, Stefan COLAKOVSKI

Perth Glory: Alex GRANT, Gregory WUTHRICH, Ivan FRANJIC, James MEREDITH, Bruno FORNAROLI, Thomislav MRCELA, Diego CASTRO (c), Chris IKONOMIDIS, JUANDE, Liam REDDY (gk), Neil KILKENNY, , Joel CHIANESE (Sub 73’), Jake BRIMMER (Sub 88’)

Unused Subs: Tando VELAPHI (gk), Jacob TRATT, Kim SOO-BEOM, Gabriel POPOVIC

Feature Image Credit: Vision Inspired Photograph

 

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