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Victory, Glory unable to be separated in controversial clash

A controversial first half goal to Andy Keogh was cancelled out by a Daniel Georgievski strike, as Victory came from behind to force a 1-1 draw with Perth Glory on Saturday night at AAMI Park.

In front of over 22,000 boisterous and vocal fans, the Victory came home with a wet sail in the second half, but ten-man Glory managed to hold on to a share of the points.

Kevin Muscat made two changes to his side that lost 3-2 to Wellington last week at the same venue.

Leigh Broxham dropped back to the bench in favour of returning French centre half Matthieu Delpierre, while Scott Galloway was excluded in favour of Macedonian international Daniel Georgievski.

For Perth, Kenny Lowe made just the one change to his starting line-up, with Mitch Nichols starting in place of Chris Harold.

The first half was, on the whole, a physical tussle. Andy Keogh made his presence felt up front, and was the cornerstone of the majority of Glory attacking moves.

The Victory, meanwhile, used their wingers at every opportunity. Barbarouses and Ben Khalfallah both had chances in the box in the opening half, but both only resulted in corners.

Victory’s best chance of the half fell to Besart Berisha, who after some clever give and go work with Ben Khalfallah, forced a quality save from Danny Vukovic at his far post.

Vukovic had a busy game, all things considered, and was probably Glory’s most valuable player on the night.

All the action occurred in the final 5 minutes of the half, though.

A free kick to Glory was partially cleared before being chipped back into the box. Keogh gathered unmarked before firing home, to the disgust of the Victory defenders who believed he was clearly offside.

Replays supported the Victory players belief, and only succeeded in launching players and fans alike into a frenzy. Ben Khalfallah was booked for his protestations, with Kevin Muscat having to calm the winger down on the sideline.

Victory started the second half with plenty of purpose, as they looked to pressure an increasingly tired looking Glory defence.

The breakthrough finally came in the 64th minute, when Georgievski received the ball outside the box on the left and placed a perfect, curling shot into the far corner. Vukovic was helpless as he watched the ball drift past him for the equalising goal.

Physicality continued to be the story of the day, as Glory racked up 7 yellow cards to Victory’s one.

It was only a matter of time before a player was sent off, and in the 90th minute, referee Kris Griffiths-Jones gave Mitch Nichols his marching orders for a second bookable offence, this time on Carl Valeri.

Victory pushed for a winner, and despite a good shot that was well saved by Vukovic, and a header from Ben Khalfallah that drifted wide of the back post, it wasn’t to be.

Thanks to the draw, Glory reclaim top spot from the Phoenix, while Victory sit fourth with a game in hand against the Roar in April.

 

Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Year’ Votes
3 Daniel Georgievski (Melbourne Victory)
2 Danny Vukovic (Perth Glory)
1 Carl Valeri (Melbourne Victory)
Youth Jason Geria (Melbourne Victory)

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avatarJustin is a passionate football fan, and the Editor-in-chief of Ultimate A-League.

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