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Glory smash six past Roar in nine-goal thriller

Perth Glory put six past the Brisbane Roar on Saturday night, as nine goals found the back of the net at nib Stadium.

A thoroughly-entertained crowd of 12,156 were on hand to witness the 6-3 result, as Perth made it five wins on the trot for the first time in the A-League era.

Following a stirring 2-1 victory on the road against Sydney FC last week, Kenny Lowe’s team returned home knowing that their finals chances were well and truly still alive.

Given the Glory’s positive form, Lowe made just the one change to the squad, with Aryn Williams a late replacement for Marc Warren, and Mitch Oxborrow the late inclusion to the squad as a result.

For the Roar, a slight stumble to only manage a draw at home in round 19 against the Jets, wouldn’t have worried manager John Aloisi too much, given the side’s position on top of the A-League ladder.

Predictably, Corey Brown was the only player to miss out from the round 19 squad, with Shane Stefanutto overcoming injury and stepping straight back into the starting line-up.

It was a positive start from the Glory, as they were looking to build upon the form that has seen them win their last four games on the trot.

Just 5 minutes in, and they would capitalise on that start, with Andy Keogh firing the home side in front.

Match Details Full match details »

Date/Time Sat Feb 20, 2016, 9:40 PMStadium HBF ParkAttendance 12,156Referee Strebre Delovski

Perth

Goal5′ A.KeoghGoal32′ C.HaroldGoal38′ N.MarinkovicGoal41′ S.LowryPenalty49′ D.Castro (Pen)Yellow Card54′ A.KeoghYellow Card63′ A.GrantGoal86′ R.Garcia

Brisbane

Goal17′ J.MaclarenPenalty28′ D.Petratos (Pen)
Goal36′ J.NorthYellow Card73′ D.Bowles

Gyorgy Sandor put a ball into the box looking for Josh Risdon in behind the Roar defence, but the ball was cut out by Jack Hingert. The Brisbane defender’s clearance only found Andy Keogh, however, with the Irish striker placing the ball into the bottom corner past Theo to make it 1-0.

It could’ve easily been 2-0 just four minutes later, when Keogh found Chris Harold inside the penalty area. Harold controlled the ball brilliantly to swivel onto his right boot, but his low shot went just wide of the upright with Theo rooted to the spot.

Despite Perth’s strong start, the lead would only last until the 17th minute, with the equaliser coming through some clever combination work between Thomas Broich, Matt McKay and Jamie Maclaren.

As he rushed toward the penalty area, Broich feigned as if to shoot before laying off for McKay on the left side of the box. McKay, too, chose to pass rather than shoot, with his square ball finding an unmarked Maclaren who side-footed the ball home to make it 1-1.

There were questions of offside placed on Maclaren by the Glory defence, but referee Strebre Delovski and his assistant had no such qualms.

The referee had even fewer misgivings in the 27th minute, awarding the Roar a penalty, which would see them take a 2-1 lead.

Dimitri Petratos whipped the ball in from the right wing toward the back post, where Maclaren was clumsily knocked over by Williams. Petratos stepped up to take the spot kick duties, sending Ante Covic the wrong way and burying the ball in the bottom corner.

Brisbane’s lead would last just five minutes, though, as Perth fought back to make it 2-2 in the 32nd minute.

From a short corner, Risdon received the ball with plenty of time and space before curling it into the box, where Harold was on hand to head the ball on past Theo, for his sixth goal from his last six games.

In what was fast becoming anA-League contest for the ages, Brisbane re-took the lead just three minutes after Harold’s equaliser. From yet another corner, Jade North was on hand at the back post to bury the ball into the back of the net for his third goal of the season.

Then, just three minutes after North’s goal, Perth earned a free kick roughly 25 yards out from Brisbane’s goal. Nebojsa Marinkovic took the free kick duties on himself, delivering a perfect ball up and around the wall to beat Theo and find the back of the net off the inside of the upright.

No sooner was it 3-3 then it was 4-3 to the Glory when, in the 41st minute, Shane Lowry met a corner at the near post and headed the ball powerfully past a Roar defender to add a seventh goal for the game before the half time break — beating the previous A-League record of six goals before the interval.

The second half gave no early indication of being any different to the first, with the Glory adding their fifth (and the game’s eighth) goal in just the 48th minute.

A long ball forward was brought down well by Keogh and, as Jade North tried to clear the ball from in front of Keogh, the Glory striker was felled, leaving referee Delovski with no choice but to award a penalty. Theo guessed the correct direction, but Castro’s effort from the spot was too powerful and well placed for the Roar stopper to keep it out.

Harold went close to making it 6-3 in the 66th minute, but the ball narrowly eluded his diving, headed effort from a scuffed Aryn Williams shot. Risdon, too, almost made it six for the home side minutes later, if not for a classy save by Theo down low with his legs.

After replacing Chris Harold in the 83rd minute, Glory captain Richard Garcia took just three minutes to make an impact on the scoreboard.

After some fancy footwork in the corner, Diego Castro found space to whip a ball in with his right boot directly onto the head of Garcia, who made no mistake as he nodded the ball home to make it 6-3.

That would be the final margin, as Perth edged to within a point of the top six. The Roar will now need to lick their wounds before a trip to Adelaide next week, whilst the Glory face a cross-country journey to Wanderland.

 

Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Season’ Votes
3 Diego Castro (Perth Glory)
2 Josh Risdon (Perth Glory)
1 Chris Harold (Perth Glory)

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