Melbourne City’s premiership defence hangs in the balance after shock loss to Glory

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It was the match-up of the ladder leaders against this season’s wooden spooners and Melbourne City had hopes of leaving Perth with three points to claim the Premiers’ Plate.

But Perth Glory had other plans, destroying that possibility for City after an upset 2-0 win on Wednesday night at HBF Park.

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City were strong on the front foot to attack early in hopes to seal rights to the plate but their pattern of reliance on Andrew Nabbout was interrupted as youngster Joseph Forde held him close.

Forde worked himself out of a tight situation to create a turnover as the ball glided pass City’s midfield to the boots of Callum Timmins who opened the scoring with a clean strike which left Thomas Glover absolutely stunned.

Timmins’ goal gave the home side the advantage at 1-0 as the clock struck five minutes.

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City attempted to hit back as the likes of Marco Tilio, Mathew Leckie and this season’s ALM leading goalscorer, Jamie Maclaren, were unable to pass Liam Reddy who pulled out all the stops to keep City scoreless.

The visitors needed two goals in less than half an hour to secure the plate, all while Glory continued to play their own game.

However, City’s hopes were crushed even further as Glover had himself a howler, his hands to the ball were not enough to stop Timmins from finding the back of the net once more.

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The youngster doubled Perth’s lead and gave Glory their first Shed-end goal of the season, as the wooden spooners outshone the premiership contenders.

City had defeat all over their faces and in their performance, as Curtis Good showed his frustration in a late tackle which sent him off in injury-time.

Glory ending their disappointing season on a positive note as they claimed victory over the reigning ALM champions 2-0.

Perth Glory: 2 (5’, 67’ Callum TIMMINS)

Melbourne City: 0

Perth Glory: Liam REDDY (GK)(C), Osama MALIK, Nicholas FITZGERALD (Tyler VECCHIO 75’), Callum TIMMINS, Antonee BURKE-GILROY, Joshua RAWLINS, Mitchell OXBORROW (Aidan EDWARDS 31’), Giordano COLLI (Adam ZIMARINO 75’), Darryl LACHMAN, Joseph FORDE, Jacob MUIR

Unused Subs: Cameron COOK (GK), Daniel STURRIDGE, Aidan COYNE, Joshua ANASMO

Melbourne City: Thomas GLOVER (GK), Scott JAMIESON (C), Nuno REIS, Rostyn GRIFFITHS, Carl JENKINSON, Mathew LECKIE (Jordan BOS 75’), Jamie MACLAREN, Andrew NABBOUT, Connor METCALFE, Curtis GOOD, Marco TILIO

Unused Subs:  Matthew SUTTON (GK), Scott GALLOWAY, Tsubasa ENDO, Taras GOMULKA, Stefan COLAKOVSKI, Jordon HALL

Venue: HBF Park

Referee:  Alex KING

Assistant Referees: Josh MANNELLA, Arvin SHANMUGANATHAN

Fourth Official: Shane Skinner

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Ash Ramos
Journalism student at Curtin University covering Perth Glory for the 2021/22 A-leagues season. Siuuu

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