Taggart shines in debut as Glory defeat Victory at Macedonia Park

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Perth Glory have maintained their undefeated status at home, beating Melbourne Victory in a 3-1 thriller on Saturday night

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In a sold out match at Macedonia Park, both sides were heading into this match aiming to rise from the depths of the table.

Perth are undefeated at home this season and two of three of Victory’s wins this season have been on the road.

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Former Glory striker Bruno Fornaroli nearly opened the scoring against his old club inside the first 10 minutes with a powerful low shot from range which sailed just wide of the left post.

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Perth had several attempts going forward in the opening 15 minutes, but trying to play the long ball wasn’t working very well for them without the infamous southerly wind at their backs.

The side learnt quickly early on to scrap their typical “ball-over-the-top” tactic and worked to exploit Melbourne’s defense on the ground.

Glory’s best opportunity early on came from a Ryan Williams cross into Keegan Jelacic which surely had to hit the back of the net but somehow was shanked and misplaced wide.

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Moments later Acton made a glorious save following a half volley from John Koutroumbis, tipping the ball just over the bar.

One of Victory’s best chances came from a Fornaroli pass to Jake Brimmer on the edge of the box whose shot flew just wide of Cook.

Thankfully for the home side, a quick triangle of passes between Mustafa Amini and David Williams set up Ryan Williams for a tap in past Acton making it 1-0 shortly before the break.

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Acton was then forced to deny Perth of doubling their lead, making a stunning save as he leapt to stop another Ryan Williams shot minutes later.

By halftime it was clear Glory had found gaps in the Victory defence despite possession being locked at a 50/50 stalemate.

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However, the game became seriously heated five minutes into the second half when Clisby and Ikonmidis were both sent off after kicking each other on the ground following a tackle.

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Moments later referee Stephen Lucas was forced to a chat with captain’s Mustafa Amini and Joshua Brilliante as tensions began to boil over after a Victory foul on Sam Khelifi.

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Victory then became quick on the ball, but lacked in their ability going forward and making big chances.

However, against all odds, Melbourne skipper Josh Brillante scored a stunning equaliser from a corner, volleying and smashing the ball into the back of the net.

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But it wasn’t long until the long-awaited return of Adam Taggart resulted in joy for the home fans.

A beautiful cross from substitute Jacob Dowse saw the unmarked striker score a superb header in the 80th minute, slotting the ball into the bottom right corner past Acton.

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Within seven minutes, Taggart had scored again to seal the match for Perth following another cross from Dowse, giving the Glory a 3-1 win.

An incredible and thrilling night of football in Perth sees the Glory advance to seventh on the league table.

Perth Glory 3 (Williams 37′, Taggart 80′ 87′)

Melbourne Victory 1 (Brillante 69′)

Stadium: Macedonia Park

Referee: Stephen Lucas

Assistant Referees: Josh Mannella and Arvin Shanmuganathan

Fourth Official: Shane Skinner

Perth Glory: Cameron COOK (GK), John KOUTROUMBIS, Luke BODNAR (Zachary DUNCAN 63’), Mark BEEVERS, Ryan WILLIAMS, Mustafa AMINI, Salim KHELIFI (Jacob DOWSE 65’), Jack CLISBY, Keegan JELACIC (Antonee GILROY 63’), David WILLIAMS (Adam TAGGART 70’), Darryl LACHMAN

Unused subs: Jacob MUIR, Adam ZIMARINO, Liam Reddy (GK) 

Melbourne Victory:Matthew ACTON (GK), Jason GERIA, Matthew SPIRANOVIC, Leigh BROXHAM (Jay BARNETT 60’), Chris IKONOMIDIS, Joshua BRILLANTE, Bruno FORNAROLI (Nishan VELUPILLAY 74′), Ben FOLAMI (Tomi JURIC 84′), Jake BRIMMER, Noah SMITH (Cadete 46’), Matthew BOZINOVSKI (Roderick MIRANDA 60’)

Unused subs: Eli ADAMS, Ahmad TALEB (GK)

Featured image credit: Darren Speedie

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