Perth’s long-term road trip ends with brilliant draw against Melbourne City

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Perth Glory came from two goals down to secure an admirable point away to defending champions Melbourne City on Wednesday night in the A-League Men.

Surprisingly the visitors generated the first major chance, when a clever run from Daniel Stynes saw him ride several challenges before teeing up Jack Clisby, whose shot cannoned off the post after five minutes.

The early scare galvanised City into action.

Just minutes later, Scott Jamieson played through Mathew Leckie on the wing, whose well-executed cross found Florin Berenguer in the box.

Berenguer’s red-hot form continued as his shot flew past Liam Reddy into the roof of the net, propelling City into a 1-0 lead within 10 minutes.

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Perth though continued to create chances, as Bruno Fornaroli and Stynes combined to play through Callum Timmins one-on-one, but the youngster’s shot was fired straight at Tom Glover.

Soon after, City once again showed the value of clinical finishing.

Just before the half-hour mark, City enjoyed an extended spell of possession when a driving Andrew Nabbout run created space for Connor Metcalfe.

Metcalfe played through Leckie and the winger executed a perfect strike across goal, nestling in the bottom corner and doubling City’s lead.

City had thoroughly asserted their control over the game and appeared to be heading for a dominant win.

Yet from nowhere Perth’s Kosuke Ota was found in acres of space on the left wing before delivering a delightful cross for Bruno Fornaroli to nod home the visitor’s opener.

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A stunning response from Richard Garcia’s side ensuring City’s hopes for a comfortable evening were quickly dashed.

Perth’s goal ensured the half-time score stood at 2-1.

The shocks kept coming in the second half when Glory equalised 10 minutes after the restart.

A nice period of possession eventually led to Ota passing to Clisby in the box, who gently teed-up Timmins on the edge of the area to thunder home the equaliser.

Once again City’s leaky defence had allowed their opposition back into the game, meanwhile Perth were brimming with confidence having come from two goals down.

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Glory continued to attack, hunting a winner for what would comfortably be their most impressive win of the season.

City continued to threaten too, calling Reddy into action on several occasions to beat away long-range efforts.

Ultimately, neither side could find the winning goal despite an end-to-end finish to the contest.

A brilliant point for Perth, coming from behind to end their long away trip on a high.

Meanwhile the result means further disappointment for City, whose troubled defensive record continues to undermine their free-scoring attack.

Melbourne City 2 (Berenguer 8’, Leckie 29’)

Perth Glory 2 (Fornaroli 31’, Timmins 56’)

AAMI Park

Referee: Alex King
Assistant Referees: David Walsh & Andrew Lindsay

Fourth Official: Jack Morgan

Home Team: Thomas GLOVER (GK), Scott JAMIESON (c), Nuno REIS, Rostyn GRIFFITHS (Stefan COLAKOVSKI 62’), Carl JENKINSON, Mathew LECKIE (Marco TILIO 43’), Jamie MACLAREN, Florin BERENGUER, Andrew NABBOUT (Taras GOMULKA 80’), Connor METCALFE, Curtis GOOD
Unused subs: Matthew SUTTON (GK), Tsubasa ENDO, Manuel PUCCIARELLI, Kerrin STOKES

Perth Glory: Liam REDDY (GK), Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, Kosuke OTA, Bruno FORNAROLI, Nicholas FITZGERALD (Adam ZIMARINO 75’), Brandon O’NEILL (c), Jack CLISBY (Ciaran BRAMWELL 75’), Daniel STYNES (Adrian SARDINERO 62’), Callum TIMMINS (Giordano COLLI 66’), Antonee BURKE-GILROY, Darryl LACHMAN                                    Unused subs: Cameron COOK (GK), Osama MALIK, Darko STANOJEVIC

Feature Image Credit: Vision Inspired Photography

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