What had started off as a likely triumph for Perth Glory, ended in a ‘surprise draw’ between the two teams, at Dolphin Oval.
It was one for those cracker games, that we get every now and then, that jumpstart our love for the A-League, again. After a couple dull rounds, mediocre football and predictable results, we get a bit of a gem, like this one, as well as the game on Friday night between WSW and the Reds (TLL is still at a rift since that game).
The drama started early, as an appeal for a penalty was waved away by the referee, as Scotty MacDonald was actually caught offside, before the ordeal took place.
A bit of a miracle for Glory but a moment that pissed off the entirety of Dolphin Oval, as “boo’s” echoed out, quite clearly, around the grounds.
It was a jaw dropper of a goal that followed, moments later Fornaroli scores his 8th goal in 8 games. Weaving his way through about 3 Brisbane players, while the other 8 stood absolutely stunned as the ball finds it’s way into the right hand corner, centimetres away from Jamie Young’s gloves but just not enough to get a hand on it.
1 – 0, and we’re only 30 minutes in.
Moments later, Perth try again, but Young comes to Roar’s rescue, parrying it well away.
Into the second half, we see the Roar begin to battle their way through Perth’s defence, a number of times. The sudden change in the winds, frustrate the men in Royal purple, as Mrcela see’s red and performed, an almost ‘NRL like’, tackle on Amadi-Holloway. Luckily, he only received a yellow.
After causing trouble for the Glory with close calls, hitting the side netting and making Liam Reddy work a little harder than he did in the first half, Roar find their goal through Macaulay Gillesphey, with his first A-League goal for Brisbane! A sassy head that makes it 1 – 1, the game is now levelled and the Roar now have a chance to spin the tables right around, to maybe, JUST MAYBE, get a win in the dying minutes.
But, as all good things must come to an end, this match does. With a last minute attempt to go forward, Perth try one last time to score a second, but the Roar make sure that doesn’t happen with one last kick of the ball, to clear it.
The results at home, for Brisbane, is a draw, which is a nice continuation of consistency with this being their 3rd round, unbeaten.
As for the Glory, well, they show off their run with having their 10th unbeaten match, and coming up against a struggling Newcastle Jets for the next round, it may just be an already sealed 11th.
But anything can happen in this league, don’t count on it.
By Christina Trajceska