A couple of first half goals, including a penalty, from Melbourne City kept Glory at arm’s length but two late finishes from the league leaders secured them a point.
It wasn’t the best start to the game for Perth Glory and in the first 45 they didn’t look themselves. Going two goals down early, manager Tony Popovic attributed some of it to the travel; "We weren't at our fluent best in the first half, they contained us well and we looked a little bit flat which I'm sure was partly from the travel and partly from the heat.”
It didn’t look good for Perth Glory as Melbourne City lead 2-0 going into the second half. There was a change in momentum after the break as Glory dominated the home team with a control on possession and a flurry of shots. The score line didn’t change however until the 84th
minute when finally, Joel Chianese slotted home a header to start the Glory comeback.
With a goal on the board, the fighting spirit of our Perth lads meant there was no chance they were going to give up. Only 7 minutes after the first goal, an out-of-the-box shot from captain Diego Castro in added time ensured the points were spilt!
In the end, two first-half penalty decisions, one going City’s way the other being denied for Glory, made all the difference. Perth Glory’s consistent pressure and unwillingness to give up is why the West Coast team stay undefeated and stay 6 points clear at the top with 6 games remaining.
Make sure you join us in supporting the lads in round 23 for their next home game versus Melbourne Victory on Saturday 30th march, 7pm kick-off at HBF Park.
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