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Late mistake hands Perth the points

It was heartbreak at the death for a new look Wellington Phoenix side, as Perth Glory substitute Jamie Maclaren scored the vital goal in the 86th minute of play, helping his side to a 2-1 victory over the Phoenix.

Perth were outplayed for large portions of the match by Wellington, though the New Zealanders showed that there is still work to be done, as they scored just the one goal — through Michael McGlinchey — and conceded two against the run of play.

Andy Keogh marked his debut for Perth with a decisive goal in the 33rd minute when Mitch Nichols found space on the wing for a cross, with Keogh well positioned in the box. Nichols swung the ball in, swiftly finding Keogh, who headed past Glen Moss for Perth’s first goal of the season.

This goal was a cruel blow for Phoenix winger Nathan Burns, who just three minutes prior had squandered a great opportunity to take the lead. Burns found himself one-on-one with Danny Vukovic, assisted by Michael McGlinchey who flicked the ball through from midfield, though the former Newcastle attacker lacked the composure to put his side ahead.

Michael McGlinchey proved to be worth the exhaustive negotiations in pre-season, as the New Zealand international levelled the scores in the 73rd minute. Nathan Burns redeemed his previous blunder with the assist from the wing, as he beat his man and pulled the ball back across goal and into the path of the arriving McGlinchey, who slid the ball into the bottom left corner.

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Date/Time Sun Oct 12, 2014, 3:00 PMStadium Westpac StadiumAttendance 7,767Referee Alan Milliner

It was Wellington who pressed and looked most deserving of a winning goal, but when youngster Jamie McLaren burst onto the pitch late in the match, he showed exuberance and a desire for goal, which the ageing Phoenix defensive line couldn’t handle.

In the 86th minute, Hersi played in Maclaren who managed to beat Durante for speed and fire the ball past Moss to give Perth the late lead. Moss had been outstanding all night, though unfortunately was powerless against Maclaren who finished well for his first goal of the season.

Despite not deserving defeat, Wellington showed some encouraging signs in their ability to hold possession and move the ball around quickly in tight areas. Albert Riera and Alejandro Rodriguez Gorrin were at the heart of midfield, with McGlinchey’s smart movement always providing an option.

Similarly, Mitch Nichols played well for Perth, and looked to be the missing link in Perth’s stale midfield. He consistently brought the match to life, as he combined well with fellow new arrivals Hersi, Garcia and Keogh.

Overall, some great signs from both sides, who have shown much improvement from last year’s disappointing results.

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avatarJames is a devout Melbourne Victory fan and a UQ Journalism student, writing for Ultimate A-League.

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  • glorylad

    Vukovic is glory keeper mate moss is the phoenix keeper mclaren beat lol glory the better side and deserved the points