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Hattrick for Maclaren in Glory’s consolation win

It was a great day for a football game but the Glory were playing for nothing but pride in their last home game of the season, as they took on Melbourne City, winning 3-1 at nib Stadium.

Just 5,821 fans turned out to see the Glory off before their season comes to a close next week. That didn’t stop the players entering the field raring to go and proving that pride is still something worth playing for in spite of the club controversy over the last few weeks.

Glory youngster Jamie McLaren walked away with a hat-trick of goals in what was one of his best games of the season.

Both teams looked eager to get on the scoreboard early on in the game, with Danny de Silva taking a very early shot at goal, however it was pulled to the right.

Match Details Full match details »

Date/Time Sun Apr 19, 2015, 5:00 PMStadium HBF ParkAttendance 5,821Referee Chris Beath


Goal42′ J.MaclarenGoal65′ J.MaclarenGoal87′ J.Maclaren

Melb. City

Second Yellow Card45′ P.RetreYellow Card45′ P.RetreGoal52′ A.MooyYellow Card67′ C.Chapman

A free kick awarded to Melbourne City was blocked and saved by Vuka Vic shortly afterwards, leaving the score locked at 0-0.

Glory’s Andy Keogh looked sharp in attack as he fired a shot into the back of the net. In what would have been a spectacular goal, Keogh was called back and deemed to be in an offside position.

Moments later, Richard Garcia took a shot a goal but hit the crossbar, leaving the score at 0-0 after 20 minutes of play.

Melbourne City also had a couple of shots at goal that came to nothing. David Williams and Harry Novillo both fired great shots that were saved by Glory’s goalkeeper Daniel Vukovic.

The first goal of the game came courtesy of Glory’s youngster Jamie Maclaren, who made a remarkable goal after receiving a pass from teammate De Silva. The ball was slotted into the back of the net to give Glory a 1-0 lead.

Things started to look up for the Glory and seemed to be going down hill for Melbourne City just minutes before the end of the first half.

Melbourne City’s Paulo Retre was shown a yellow card after tripping Keogh. A minute later, he was shown his second yellow card, and was ordered to leave the field, after foul play against Denis Kramar.

It took only minutes for Melbourne City to score the equalising goal. A free kick to Aaron Mooy, due to a foul by Garcia, saw the ball hit the top corner of the net, bringing the scores to 1-1.

The Glory turned up the heat again though, as De Silva aimed for the net. Although he was blocked by Melbourne City’s goalkeeper Tando Velaphi, the ball was pulled back under control by Maclaren whose shot nestled in the back of the net.

Maclaren’s second goal of the game saw Glory re-take the lead at 2-1 with less than 30 minutes left to play.

From then it looked like everything was working in favour of the Glory, with Melbourne City showing that being one man down can really make a huge difference in an important game.

Ending the game on a high note, it seemed there was no stopping Maclaren as he went in for this third goal of the game. Receiving a pass from Chris Harold, Maclaren slotted the ball into the side of the net to extend the Glory’s lead to 3-1.

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avatarGemma is a freelance journalist, and a contributor to Ultimate A-League.

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