Perth Glory 6 x 3 Brisbane Roar FC

Perth Glory moved within one point of the Hyundai A-League’s top six after stunning Brisbane Roar 6-3 in one of the matches of the season at nib Stadium on Saturday night.

A record-equalling nine goals were scored, including seven in the first half, as Glory charged their way to a fifth consecutive win – a club record in the A-League.

Irish striker Andy Keogh found the back of the net after just five minutes and the goals flowed from there, with the lead changing three times in an astonishing first half.

Diego Castro netted a penalty early in the second half to give the home side a two-goal buffer before veteran Richard Garcia iced the win four minutes from full-time with his team’s sixth goal, equalling the mark set against the Newcastle Jets only four weeks ago.

GOALS

1-0 Andy Keogh (5’) – Gyorgy Sandor’s penetrating pass into the box deflected off a Roar defender and into the path of the Irishman, who calmly slotted his third goal in four matches.

1-1 Jamie Maclaren (17’) – Corona picked out Matt McKay on the left before the Roar skipper centred a pass to an unmarked Maclaren in the centre of the box. The former Glory striker completed the easiest of tap-ins to register his 12th goal of season, although replays suggested he may have been marginally offside.

1-2 Dimi Petratos (28’ pen) – Aryn Williams gave away a penalty when he dragged down Maclaren during a clumsy aerial challenge near the goal-line. Petratos stepped up to the spot and casually pushed the ball into the bottom left corner as Glory goalkeeper Ante Covic dived in the opposite direction.

2-2 Chris Harold (32’) – The Glory winger made it six goals from as many matches when he headed a pinpoint cross from Josh Risdon into the back of the net, despite being surrounded by a cluster of players.

2-3 Jade North (36’) – The Roar defender could not believe his luck when he latched on to Corona’s corner kick at the back post, giving Brisbane the lead for the second time in the match.

3-3 Nebojsa Marinkovic (38’) – Glory’s set-piece specialist squared the ledger once again with a low free kick from 31 yards which ricocheted off the inside of the right post.

4-3 Shane Lowry (41’) – The fringe Socceroos defender guaranteed an A-League record seven goals in a half when he scored his first in his fourth match, a header at the near-post from Marinkovic’s corner kick.

5-3 Diego Castro (49’) – Referee Stebre Delovski immediately pointed to the penalty spot after Keogh was brought down by North in the box. Castro became the eighth player to add his name to the scoresheet when he fired the ball into the bottom left corner, just under the outstretched arms of Roar goalkeeper Michael Theo.

6-3 Richard Garcia (86’) – The veteran winger had been on the pitch for just two minutes when he headed home his team’s sixth – equalling yet another record for the club – from close range after Castro danced around Steve Lustica and fired in a lethal cross from the right.

KEY MOMENT

With his team down 3-2 against the league leaders, Marinkovic perfected the clutch play in the 38th minute which put Perth on the path to a memorable victory. The Serbian midfielder is regarded as one of premier set-piece takers in the competition and did not disappoint, curling a low free kick around the wall from 31 yards. Glory went on to score two more goals and record arguably the most spectacular win in the club’s history.

OPTA DATA KEY STATS

This was the fifth time nine goals have been scored in an A-League match, equalling the previous scorelines set by Central Coast v Sydney FC (5-4, December 2007), Adelaide United v North Queensland (8-1, January 2011), Central Coast v Sydney FC (7-2, November 2012) and Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar (5-4, March 2015).

Keogh’s return and Harold’s hot streak have helped Glory score 19 goals in last six games. The men in purple only found the back of the net 15 times in first 14 rounds.

HIGHLIGHTS REEL

Nine goals, including seven in the first half. What more needs to be said? It was not a night for defenders or goalkeepers as the attackers took centre stage. Five goals were scored during a 13-minute frenzy at the back end of the first half, providing plenty of entertainment for the nib Stadium season-high crowd of 12,156.

TREATMENT TABLE

Covic bravely soldiered on after dislocating his right ring finger trying to block a shot from Petratos in the 57th minute. Fans were urged to look away as the Perth physio put the finger back into the joint as the 40-year-old stopper squirmed in agony.

FINAL WORD

If it wasn’t already the case before Saturday night, Glory is now a genuine championship contender after upsetting the league leaders. Kenny Lowe’s side sits just one point outside of the top six, but trails Melbourne City, Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC by just one point. Another big test looms against second-placed Western Sydney at Pirtek Stadium on Friday night, but don’t be surprised if Perth enters the match slight favourites given their raging hot form.

TEAMS

Perth Glory: 1.Ante COVIC (GK), 2.Alex GRANT, 3.Marc WARREN, 4.Shane LOWRY, 7.Gyorgy SANDOR, 9.Andy KEOGH (21. Kosta PETRATOS 88’), 10.Nebojsa MARINKOVIC, 14.Chris HAROLD (11. Richard GARCIA 84’), 17.Diego CASTRO, 19.Josh RISDON (C), 23. Krisztian VADOCZ

Brisbane Roar: 1.Michael THEO, 3. Shane STEFANUTTO (14.Daniel BOWLES 70’), 7.CORONA, 9.Jamie MACLAREN (8.Steve LUSTICA 74’), 13.Jade NORTH, 15.James DONACHIE, 17.Matt MCKAY (C), 19.Jack HINGERT, 22.Thomas BROICH, 23. Dimitri PETRATOS, 28.Brandon BORRELLO (10.HENRIQUE 60’)

Scorers: Andy Keogh (5’), Jamie Maclaren (17’), Dimi Petratos (28’ pen), Chris Harold (32’), Jade North (36’), Nebojsa Marinkovic (38’), Shane Lowry (41’), Diego Castro (49’ pen), Richard Garcia (86’)

Red cards: Nil

Yellow cards: Andy Keogh (54’), Alex Grant (63’), Daniel Bowles (73’)

Conditions: 27C, clear

Attendance: 12,156 at nib Stadium

Brisbane has slipped to second on the A-League table, but coach John Aloisi will be more concerned about his team’s form on the road. The Roar have tasted victory in just two of their last nine matches away from home – and they next confront the rampant Adelaide United at Cooper Stadium on Saturday.

Brisbane Roar FC 1 x 2 Liverpool FC

Liverpool FC players celebrate James Milner's winner against Brisbane.
Brisbane Roar more than matched Liverpool but the Reds came out on top to open their Aussie tour with a 2-1 win in an entertaining clash at Suncorp Stadium.

The Hyundai A-League outfit opened the scoring after 16 minutes thanks to striker Dimi Petratos. But the Reds responded 10 minutes later after Adam Lallana curled a superb shot from inside the box.

A second half strike to James Milner proved decisive for the Reds against a gallant Roar side under new coach John Aloisi.

With skipper Matt McKay missing Aloisi handed the captain’s armband to Jade North plus gave a start to new signing Jamie Maclaren up top.

The visitors in their change kit of all white put out a strong side featuring new signings Divock Origi and Danny Ings with Jordan Henderson skippering the Reds in the centre of the park as a new post Steven Gerrard era began.

After a rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone, belted out by a 50,000 plus crowd almost totally in red, proceedings got underway on a chilly night in the Queensland capital.

 

And it was Milner with the first clear effort, a stinging low drive that fizzed low past Jamie Young’s post.

The Reds were on top early but Roar looked well-organised and took the lead on 16 minutes. Petratos finishing off good lead up work down by Brandon Borrello to drift into the box and slot the opener past Simon Mignolet’s right glove.

The visitors responded immediately. Three raids on Roar’s goal came sharply, Danny Ings with the best chance but Jamie Young got down brilliantly to deny the new Reds signing.

Brisbane couldn’t hold though on as Adam Lallana brilliantly cut inside the box and with space and time curled an unstoppable right footer past the former Reading keeper.

Milner crunched Luke Brattan with a late challenge that showed the feeling in the clash as Japanese ref let it go with just a warning.

Ings was looking the most lively of the attacking options while 18-year-old former Charlton defender Joe Gomez showed what a canny signing he might be with his raids from deep.

Borrello had a chance to restore the lead but the youngster prodded his shot tamely at Mignolet with the goal in his sight.

But Liverpool should’ve been 2-1 up themselves on the verge of half-time as Mamadou Sakho powerfully met Milner’s corner, but Brattan headed away from underneath the crossbar.

The sides went in at 1-1 after a surprisingly up-tempo first 45 minutes.

Liverpool kept the same 11 on the park till the hour mark before a slew of substitutions came for both sides.

Kolo Toure receiving the biggest ovation when he came on. Jordan Ibe, Joe Maguire and Ryan Kent also coming on for Sakho, Gomez, Lallana and Origi.

Young was again the hero saving another certain goal this time from Henderson who was fed by the excellent Ings.

And up the other end, the flamboyant Devante Clut smashed a long-range rocket just inches over Mignolet’s goal.

The lively Ibe with a similarly stinging shot over the bar was starting to prove a handful.

The Reds were turning the screws and with 20 minutes to go were looking the most likely as Leiva made way for Jordan Rossiter.

And sure enough Milner found space outside the box driving into space before his slightly deflected shot deceived Young.

 

Ibe down the left of Liverpool’s front line was causing all sorts of problems for a tiring Brisbane side with his direct running inside the box. He once again brought out the best in Young with another stinging drive.

Roar still pushed on desperate for an equaliser and with Rickie Lambert on for the Reds it was end-to-end stuff.

But the Reds held on to record a first win of this two-match tour.

Liverpool now head to South Australia to face Adelaide United on Monday night.

Football Federation Austraçlia

Team of the Week | Round 13

Tuesday, 31 December 2013 10:42 PM

Team of the Week | Round 13

Who were the outstanding performers in Round 13? Find out who made our Team of the Week.

Player of the Week: Dimi Petratos (Brisbane Roar)
Dimi Petratos was a young player with boundless potential at Sydney FC, but after a brief stint overseas he is starting to realise that potential, under the tutelage of Mike Mulvey at Brisbane Roar.

The winger came back to haunt his former side at Allianz Stadium on Boxing Day, scoring a hat-trick as his side ran out 5-2 winners.

His first goal was a penalty, twice taken, in the first half, before he scored a second at the same end of the ground, thrashing in a finish after a beautiful passing move. His third was also a penalty, confidently put into the same corner as his first spot-kick.

Petratos was brought into the side after an indifferent Roar performance the week previous and on this form, he will be very hard to leave out.

Goalkeeper:

Glen Moss (Wellington Phoenix)
New Zealand’s number one keeper is in fine form at the Phoenix and now that his team is scoring, Moss’ heroics are gaining the credit they deserve.

He made one of the all-time great saves as they went down to Central Coast at North Sydney Oval but was finally rewarded in the last two matches, keeping clean sheets against Sydney FC and Melbourne Heart. He made a critical save at the feet of Michael Mifsud in the latter game to preserve his clean-sheet and help his side to a second consecutive win.

Defenders:

Adama Traore (Melbourne Victory)
Traore is a model of consistency at left-back for the Victory and was at his best again against Wanderers.

He was sharp in handling the pace of Kwabena Apiah-Kubio and Tahj Minnecon on the flanks and did his best to offer a threat going forward in what became a thrilling match.

Nikolai Topor-Stanley (Western Sydney Wanderers)
Topor-Stanley is a rock at the heart of the Wanderers defence. Tony Popovic’s side boast the best defence in the league and Topor-Stanley has been in wonderful form alongside firstly Michael Beauchamp and latterly, Matthew Spiranovic.

Topor-Stanley, skipper in the ongoing absence of Beauchamp, was at the top of his game again against Victory and it is this form that will see Wanderers in contention when the whips are cracking.

Michael Thwaite (Perth Glory)
Fresh from signing a new two-year extension at Perth, Thwaite put in a good shift on New Year’s Eve, even though his side went down to a late Michael McGlinchey goal.

Thwaite is the experienced head in a youthful Glory side and particularly in their inexperienced defence. Alongside Jack Clisby, Thwaite has excelled amid the turmoil and his Round 13 performance was no different.

Tarek Elrich (Adelaide United)
Elrich is a no-frills footballer who has been a dependable performer at A-League level for many a season now.

He has found a home at Adelaide and as first choice right back he has excelled in Josep Gombau’s free flowing system.

Elrich was excellent in the physical battle against Newcastle Jets and has proven to be as reliable as ever for Adelaide this season.

Midfielders:

Michael McGlinchey (Central Coast Mariners)
McGlinchey will be a huge loss when he leaves the Mariners to due Vegalta Sendai on loan in the new year.

His quick feet and eye for a goal are a feature of the Mariners’ attacking threat.

His nose for goal was evident again against Perth Glory, as the Central Coast midfielder scored a 97th minute winner.

After Josh Rose’s header hit the post, McGlinchey was the quickest to react to volley past Danny Vukovic.

Guilherme Finkler (Melbourne Victory)
Finkler is the joker in the pack of the Victory squad and he sprinkled stardust all over the Victory v Wanderers match with his late free kick.

His impact of the bench this season has been fantastic and he scored a few precious goals, though none better than the free kick that curled over the wall and into the top corner on the weekend.

Finkle’s creativity is a major asset for Victory and surely it is only a matter of time before he gets a start.

Carlos Hernandez (Wellington Phoenix)
The Costa Rican has returned to the Wellington lineup after he was flown home prior to the match against Central Coast at North Sydney.

Since then, his form has been exemplary, touching the heights of his time at Melbourne Victory.

He pulled the strings with aplomb as Wellington recorded back-to-back wins against Sydney FC and Melbourne Heart and his ability with the ball has been crucial to the goal-scoring form of Stein Huysegems.

Forwards:

Thomas Broich (Brisbane Roar)
Broich is the conductor of the Brisbane Roar orchestra. His ability to cut inside from the left hand side and create opportunities for others is key to Roar’s game plan.

Broich was untouchable on Boxing Day, scoring the equaliser and laying on the pass for Dimi Petratos’ second goal.

Nobody in Sky Blue had an answer for Broich but in fairness to them, in this form, not many do.

Stein Huysegems (Wellington Phoenix)
Huysegems scored the winner for the second week in a row as Wellington beat Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park.

In doing so, Wellington recorded their first ever win in Melbourne.

Huysegems’ reversal in fortunes in front of goal has been key to Wellington’s min-revival and he has been marvelous in feeing off the good form of his club mate Hernandez.

He has shown his class this season and particularly in the past few weeks and is the perfect choice to fill the striker’s role in Round 13’s Team of the Week.

Football Federation Australia