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Glory, City play out pulsating Boxing Day draw

Perth Glory came from behind in an entertaining encounter as it drew 1-1 with Melbourne City at AAMI Park on Friday afternoon.

Aaron Mooy had given City the advantage before former Melbourne player Richard Garcia equalised.

Rob Wielaert came into Melbourne City’s first XI after Jason Hoffman injured his back during a training session. Meanwhile, Kenny Lowe made two changes to the Glory side that beat Melbourne City last week, with Nebojša Marinković an absentee due to illness as Risdon and De Silva both started.

With Melbourne City coming into the match on the back of two wins, it was the hosts that started brightly as they found joy down the right wing.

City were desperate to deny the visitors time and space, and this was exemplified by Jacob Melling’s efforts. The youngster pulled off a series of successful tackles to regain possession for his side, including a sequence of consecutive tackles in the 15th minute which led to a Melbourne counter but Mooy’s resulting shot flew harmlessly into Vukovic’s gloves.

The Glory were struggling to find any cohesion to their game, and were frustrated not to be awarded a penalty in the 31st minute when Patrick Kisnorbo appeared to make contact with the leg of Richard Garcia inside the area.

John van’t Schip’s men continued to dominate possession for the rest of the half but could not find a way through the Perth defence. Their only chances of note came from glancing headers and tame headers but they went into half time with plenty of encouragement.

Match Details Full match details »

Date/Time Fri Dec 26, 2014, 5:30 PMStadium AAMI ParkAttendance 9,550Referee Alan Milliner

Melb. City

Goal48′ A.MooyYellow Card67′ P.Kisnorbo

Perth

Goal62′ R.GarciaYellow Card64′ R.Garcia

It took just two second-half minutes for City to convert that encouragement into a lead when Williams was offered the chance to turn and place a perfectly-weighted pass to Mooy, who stroked the ball over Vukovic and into the top corner of the net to make it 1-0.

The hosts pushed forward looking to double their advantage and Melling weaved his way through the Glory defence to have a sight on goal but his resulting effort was wild and wayward.

A mistake from Velaphi almost gifted Perth a goal when he spilled a corner kick but his defence were able to clear the danger.

If Velaphi was at fault for that chance, then his defence had only themselves to blame for Perth’s equaliser in the 61st minute. City were caught sleeping when Jamieson swept in a dangerous ball from a free-kick, allowing Garcia to head home unmarked.

The hosts almost conceded again in the 67th minute through similar circumstances when another Jamieson free-kick ball found Djulbic at the far post and he looked certain to score, only for his volley to be denied by Velaphi’s leg.

It was then Melbourne’s turn to pressure from the set-piece, and a sequence of four corner kicks saw Vukovic produce three stunning stops, including a brilliant dive to tip over Mooy’s long-range bullet.

Keogh went close to giving Perth the advantage on two separate occasions, yet his on-target header was blocked by Chapman before Velaphi spread himself wide to stop the stretching Irishman.

Despite late pressure from both sides, the points were shared as the game at AAMI Park finished 1-1.

 

Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Year’ Votes
3 Aaron Mooy (Melbourne City)
2 Eric Paartalu (Melbourne City)
1 Scott Jamieson (Perth Glory)
Youth Jacob Melling (Melbourne City)

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