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Brilliant Keogh sinks Roar

Perth remains undefeated after two rounds of the A-League ,with an outstanding 3-2 victory over reigning champions Brisbane Roar at nib Stadium.

The Glory came from behind twice, to ensure the Roar remain winless two rounds into their title defense.

Perth’s superb comeback is another huge step in their resurrection after a disappointing year last season in which they failed to make the finals.

A crowd of 8,789 saw the A-League record its highest ever attendance for a single round — reaching a total of 106,082 fans — in another milestone for the A-League in just its 10th season.

Brisbane were keen to make amends for their shock loss at home to Adelaide in Round 1, while Perth came into the match full of confidence after a 2-1 win on the road against Wellington in one of the toughest trips in the league.

The Roar controlled possession early, as has become their trademark, and ensured they had the better chances of the two sides.

Brisbane had the first real chance of the early exchanges when Thomas Broich was brought down and received a free kick just outside the area. Petratos took the free kick for the away side, which sailed just over the crossbar.

Soon after the Roar then had another great chance, this time through captain Matt Smith. Henrique’s corner kick was perfectly placed for Smith whose driving volley landed in the outstretched arms of Glory keeper Danny Vukovic.

Brisbane then finally broke the deadlock in the 39th minute through a beautiful passage of play. A long ball from defense found the running Henrique on the right wing, who then crossed expertly to striker Mensur Kurtisi who easily guided the ball past keeper Danny Vukovic, to ensure the away side went into the break with a 1-0 advantage.

Just three minutes into the second half, Brisbane defender Jade North gave Perth a chance to get back into the game after giving away a penalty with a clumsy sliding tackle on Andy Keogh on the edge of the area.

Match Details Full match details »

Date/Time Sun Oct 19, 2014, 5:00 PMStadium HBF ParkAttendance 8,789Referee Shaun Evans

Perth

Penalty49′ A.Keogh (Pen)Yellow Card66′ R.GarciaGoal74′ A.KeoghYellow Card86′ A.KeoghGoal90′ A.Keogh

Brisbane

Goal39′ M.KurtishiYellow Card43′ T.BroichYellow Card49′ J.NorthGoal55′ HenriqueYellow Card90′ L.Brattan

Irish international Keogh then converted with a coolly and casually taken penalty into the bottom right hand corner to level the scores, and net his second goal in two games for Perth.

The goal seemed to spark the Glory into life, and they dominated the next ten minutes of play, including a golden chance for goal scorer Keogh.

Keogh looked certain to score his second, as he attempted to head a Mitch Nichols cross into the back of the net. However, Brisbane keeper Jamie Young flung himself in the way of the ball to stop Keogh’s shot from point blank range.

Brisbane then went ahead against the run of play just six minutes after the equaliser through a stunning strike from Henrique from just outside the penalty area. Henrique gathered the ball from Broich and slammed the ball into the top corner of the net leaving Vukovic with no chance.

Perth striker Jamie Maclaren then came tantalisingly close to equalising for the home side once again, but his header went just wide of the post.

However, in the 74th minute, the equaliser finally arrived, sending the home fans into raptures. Once again it was through Irishman Andy Keogh, whose shot from just inside the area took a deflection off Brisbane’s James Donachie and dribbled into the net. Despite Keogh’s shot and celebration, the goal was recorded as an own goal, but later amended in the referee’s report to credit it back to Keogh.

Perth then pressed hard for a winner and looked the better of the two sides, creating several chances in the final twenty minutes.

The Glory’s hard work was rewarded with a brilliant injury time winner from none other than Andy Keogh. Perth received a corner after persistent attacking, which Keogh expertly headed home for his hat-trick, and to hand Perth an unlikely, but extremely worthy, victory.

About the author

avatarBen is a Journalism graduate, a Melbourne Victory fan and contributor to Ultimate A-League.

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