Hyundai A-League - 2011/2012 - Season 8

Glory defeat Victory
in topsy-turvy game
By Zee Ko

2012/2013 Hyundai A-League - Round 26
5:30pm, Saturday 23 March, 2013
at Melbourne Football Stadium

Melbourne Victory FC 2
(Adrian Leijer 13', Christopher Cristaldo 89')
lost to
Perth Glory FC 3
(Chris Harold 21', Travis Dodd 38', Joshua Risdon 90+3')

Alistair Edwards saw his Perth Glory side clinch a morale boosting 3-2 win over Melbourne Victory on debut, but they were to work hard to edge a rollercoaster contest with an injury time winner.

Goals from Adrian Leijer and Christopher Cristaldo were matched with efforts from Chris Harold and Travis Dodd, before Joshua Risdon silenced the home support with a goal deep inside added time.

Both teams were missing experienced heads due to international duty, with Victory opting to field teenage full backs Scott Galloway and Dylan Murnane, while Jesse Makarounas was handed a first start in the middle of the pitch.

It was Victory who broke the deadlock first though, as captain Adrian Leijer led by example to score only his second goal of the season.

Makarounas showed some early signs of his worth as his corner kick delivery led to the first goal of the game; Leijer rising highest at the near post to power home an unstoppable header.

Fellow youngster Murnane was having a more testing time at right back however, as he started for the second time after a mixed bag debut against Sydney last week.

Chris Harold turned him inside out and cut into the box to collect a through ball from Liam Miller, but Daniel Mullen was back smartly to divert the shot and concede a corner.

The signs were there though as the Glory attackers continued to probe, Ryo Nagai and Scott Jamieson double-teaming Victory left back Galloway whenever the opportunity arose.

It took a magical strike from Harold in the 21st minute to even the scores, the winger executing an acrobatic flying volley from 15 yards out off Miller's cross to beat an outstretched Nathan Coe via the goal post.

The visitors were on a tear now, as Nagai and Harold's penetration on the wing was in stark contrast to some frustratingly poor attacking runs from Andrew Nabbout at the other end.

Minutes later, it was 2-1 to Perth.

Nagai and Miller once again bamboozled the Victory defence with some slick passes before the Japanese player's low centre was turned in off the boot of captain Travis Dodd despite close attention from Galloway.

The young Makarounas' evening then came to a premature end as he went down clutching his hamstring, leaving Spase Dilevski jog on right before the half.

If Victory hadn't realised the magnitude of the task that was in store for them, it was soon made even more difficult as marquee playmaker Marcos Flores had to be replaced by Christopher Cristaldo due to injury in the 58th minute.

Goalkeeper Danny Vuckovic kept Glory in the game with two top class saves in as many minutes soon after, tipping a curling Connor Pain effort away from the top corner before pulling off a reflex save from an Adrian Leijer shot following the resulting corner kick.

The diminutive Cristaldo was causing a few problems with his blistering speed, beating Dean Heffernan for pace before being scythed down in the box but referee Peter O'Leary waved off the penalty appeals.

Travis Dodd soon limped off after going down awkwardly during an attack sequence, as Nick Ward came on in an attempt to secure the win.

The brave resistance finally broke in the 89th minute though as an unmarked Cristaldo finally blasted home an equaliser for the hosts, sending the home support into raptures of ecstasy.

Scott Galloway did well to keep the ball in play on the left touchline before knocking the ball onto Pain, as the young winger dribbled to the by-line and cut the ball back to an unmarked Cristaldo who made no mistake from right in front of goal.

Six minutes of injury time beckoned, as a reinvigorated Victory pressed in search of a winner, but the number of men committed forward meant the game was always on a knife's edge.

It was left for Joshua Risdon to be the hero of the day, the Glory full back scoring with a wonderfully weighted shot into the top corner following a counter attack to steal all three points for the visitors.

2012/2013 Hyundai A-League - Round 26
5:30pm, Saturday 23 March, 2013
at Melbourne Football Stadium

Melbourne Victory FC 2
(Adrian Leijer 13', Christopher Cristaldo 89')
lost to
Perth Glory FC 3
(Chris Harold 21', Travis Dodd 38', Joshua Risdon 90+3')

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    Melbourne Victory FC :
    Player listing:
    39 Nathan Coe (gk), 6 Leigh Broxham, 9 Marcos Flores (27 Christopher Cristaldo +58'), 14 Billy Celeski, 22 Jesse Makarounas (21 Spase Dilveski +46'), 23 Adrian Leijer (c), 26 Andrew Nabbout, 31 Scott Galloway, 32 Connor Pain, 33 Daniel Mullen, 34 Dylan Murnane (30 Jason Geria +75')

    Substitutes not used: 1 Tando Velaphi (rgk)

    Coach: Ange Postecoglou

    Yellow Cards: Leigh Broxham 26', Jason Geria 77'
    Red Cards:Nil

    Perth Glory FC :
    Player listing:
    1 Daniel Vuckovic (gk), 5 Steve Pantelidis, 8 Dean Heffernan, 10 Liam Miller, 12 Ryo Nagai (11 Adrian Zahra +71'), 13 Travis Dodd (c) (6 Nick Ward +81'), 14 Steven McGarry, 17 Chris Harold (2 Jack Clisby +86'), 18 Matias Cordoba, 19 Joshua Risdon, 21 Scott Jamieson

    Substitutes not used: 30 Lewis Italiano (rgk)

    Coach: Alistair Edwards

    Yellow Cards: Liam Miller 66', Steven McGarry 90'+1, Daniel Vuckovic 90'+3
    Red Cards: Nil

    Referee: Peter O'Leary 7/10

    BOTN Player Points:
    3. Chris Harold (PG)
    2. Ryo Nagai (PG)
    1. Liam Miller (PG)

    Pitch rating: 8/10

    Game rating: 9/10

    Match Report and ratings: By Zee Ko

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