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An added time equaliser has secured a point for Perth Glory and left Melbourne City fans disappointed to have a let a golden opportunity slip.
Melbourne City looked a different, much more attacking team in the first half and their new found attitude was paying dividends.
Perth Glory would however fight back, inflicting the same pain on City that was inflicted on them by the Western Sydney Wanderers last weekend.
The tone of the match was set early with referee Alex King allowing play to flow, and being rather lenient on cards.
City opened the scoring through Jamie Maclaren who scored his fourth goal in as many games when he nodded a deep cross from Scott Jamieson beyond Perth keeper Liam Reddy.
10 minutes later, City were awarded a penalty when a low cross struck the trailing arm of the sliding Shane Lowry.
Maclaren took the penalty and converted to make it 2-0 to the hosts.
The second half saw City revert to their old setup of sitting in behind the ball and making Perth work for a way through.
Perth had little joy in the wide areas with Jason Davidson, Ivan Franjic and Andy Keogh repeatedly being found offside.
On the 60th minute. Franjic and Keogh were taken off, as Perth looked to spark something up top.
City remained strong in defence until the 84th minute when Davidson eventually got beyond the offside trap and looped a ball up for Joel Chianese to nod home.
In added time, Diego Castro had an effort from just outside the area which stayed straight at Eugene Galekovic.
However the City keeper spectacularly misjudged the shot, and ball went in to equalise.
At full time, the score was 2-2. This pulls Perth back towards the chasing Sydney after their win, and holds City in 5th.
Melbourne City 2
Perth Glory 2
The first of three games at AAMI Park this week sees Melbourne City host table leaders Perth Glory. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 5pm (AEDT).
Round 20 was not good for either side. City only took a point away from the Melbourne Derby, while Perth fell victim to a late equaliser against the Wanderers.
City have had their struggles going forward this season. Something that was highlighted in last week’s derby where they failed to score against a 10 man Victory – Outside of the penalty that was earned against 11.
Jamie Maclaren’s touch map in particular was very underwhelming. Only touching the ball in the penalty area twice all night.
This is certainly something they’ll need to improve if they hope to break down an ever structured Glory side.
Prior to the last minute long goal from Tarek Elrich, Perth were their usual disciplined selves in defence. The Wanderers were unable to really break them down, and the 1-0 to Perth was looking like the result.
Perth went into that match unchanged, which is a possibility for this one with no new injuries or suspensions.
Conversely, City have three outs this round – all defenders – with Ritchie De Laet and Bart Schenkeveld picking up their fifth yellow cards for the season in the derby, and Harrison Delbridge missing out late with a hamstring injury.
Nathaniel Atkinson, Ramy Najjarine and Dylan Pierias come into the squad.
Both teams come into this after an unsuccessful Round 20. Perth were held to a draw by Western Sydney, but City were held to a draw by a Victory team with 10 players – and now they’re missing a bunch of defenders. Even though it’s away from home, Perth should get the win.
Melbourne City 0 – 2 Perth Glory
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Where: Aami Park, Melbourne
When: Sunday, 3rd March 2019, 5:00pm (AEDT)
TV: Fox Sports 505, MyFootball Live App
1. Mark Birighitti, 3. Scott Jamieson (c), 7. Rostyn Griffiths, 8. Riley McGree, 9. Shayon Harrison, 10. Dario Vidosic, 13. Nathaniel Atkinson, 15. Kearyn Baccus, 18. Eugene Galekovic, 19. Lachlan Wales, 21. Ramy Najjarine, 22.Curtis Good, 25. Iacopo La Rocca, 26. Luke Brattan, 27. Florin Berenguer, 29. Jamie Maclaren, 34. Connor Metcalfe, 36. Dylan Pierias.
1. Tando Velaphi, 3. Jason Davidson, 4. Shane Lowry, 5. Ivan Franjic, 6. Dino Djulbic, 7. Joel Chianese, 9. Andy Keogh, 11. Brendon Santalab, 13. Matthew Spiranovic, 17. Diego Castro, 19. Chris Ikonomidis, 20. Jake Brimmer, 21. Jacob Italiano, 22. Fabio Ferreira, 23. Scott Neville, 27. Juande, 33. Liam Reddy, 88. Neil Kilkenny.
Referee: Alex King
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Ilievski
Assistant Referee 2: Tony Peart
Fourth Official: Jonathan Barreiro
VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones