Roar earn point in Perth

A-League leaders Perth Glory took advantage of a 10-man Brisbane Roar in the closing stages to snatch a 2-2 draw at nib Stadium on Saturday night.

Dino Djulbic scored the equaliser in the 84th minute after Roar defender Corey Brown was sent off eight minutes earlier for denying Jamie Maclaren an obvious goal-scoring opportunity.

Brisbane had earlier taken the lead with two goals in three minutes to Jean Carlos Solorzano and Matt McKay after teenager Daniel De Silva gave the home side the lead in the first half.

It ended the Roar’s three-match winning streak as Glory’s winless run extended to six games.


1-0 Daniel De Silva (26’)
Glory left-back Scott Jamieson played the perfect long ball to Chris Harold on the far post, but the angle was too tight for the winger to head the ball into the back of the net. Instead, he knocked it towards the centre of the box where De Silva was waiting and the youngster calmly finished the job despite pressure from a fast-closing Luke Brattan.

1-1 Jean Carlos Solorzano (60’)
Despite scoring five goals in Brisbane’s last six games, the Costa Rican was overlooked for a starting spot for new signing Andrija Kaluderovic. But he showed why he has been so vital to the Roar’s resurgence by volleying team-mate Brandon Borrello’s low cross into the back of the net on the hour-mark.

1-2 Matt McKay (62’)
The Brisbane captain and Socceroos regular thrashed Glory defender Josh Risdon for speed and made no mistake with his deadly left foot from the edge of the 18-yard box to give his side the lead just two minutes after Solorzano’s equaliser.

2-2 Dino Djulbic (84’)
German winger Dragan Paljic’s attempted cross hit the post and fell into the path of Dino Djulbic, who calmly volleyed in.


Brisbane looked set to walk away with the three points until Brown dragged down Maclaren as the Glory substitute chased down a Mitch Nichols pass in the 76th minute. Brown was immediately shown a red card by referee Ben Williams, much to the chagrin of the Roar bench. It opened the door for Glory to produce yet another remarkable last-gasp fightback and salvage a point from the enthralling contest.


Brisbane have scored nine goals and collected 10 points from their past four matches. On the other side of the fence, Perth have conceded 10 goals in their last four matches at home and scored just four times in their last three matches despite leading the league.


Henrique sent a scare through the Brisbane camp late in the first half when he appeared to jar his left knee as he landed following an aerial challenge with Glory’s Rostyn Griffiths. The Brazilian attacker left the pitch briefly for treatment and was clearly hampered by the complaint until he was substituted in the 65th minute.


Glory striker Andy Keogh has scored just one goal from his past six matches and that was a penalty against Melbourne Victory on January 25. The Irishman has nine goals next to his name for the season and is finding himself in a position to score on plenty of occasions, but he desperately needs to find the back of the net for Perth to remain a championship contender in the final rounds of the campaign.


Glory will lose top spot (on goal difference) for the first time since round five if Melbourne Victory beat Wellington Phoenix on Sunday. Victory have also played two less games than Perth. It has been a good run from Kenny Lowe’s side, but four points from the last six matches is hardly the stuff of a league-leading side.
The draw wasn't enough to see Brisbane return to the top six and Frans Thijssen’s side has only themselves to blame for not claiming maximum points on a perfect night for football. Brown’s untimely exit exposed the Roar’s defence in the final minutes and could prove costly in the battle for sixth place come the final round of the season.


Perth Glory: Danny Vukovic (GK), Rostyn Griffiths, Dino Djulbic, Andy Keogh, Nebojsa Marinkovic, Chris Harold (Jamie Maclaren 56’), Josh Risdon, Daniel De Silva (Mitch Nichols 67’), Scott Jamieson, Michael Thwaite (C), Dragan Paljic.

Brisbane Roar: Michael Theo (GK), Jerome Polenz, Corey Brown, Andrija Kaluderovic (Jean Carlos Solorzano 46’), Henrique (Dimitri Petratos 65’), Jade North, James Donachie, Matt McKay (C), Luke Brattan, Thomas Broich, Brandon Borrello (Luke De Vere 79’).

Scorers: Daniel De Silva (26’), Jean Carlos Solorzano (60’), Matt McKay (62’), Dino Djulibic (84’)

Red cards: Corey Brown (76’)

Yellow cards: Rostyn Griffiths (45’+1)

Conditions: 23C, fine

Attendance:  10,422 @ nib Stadium

1 comment


That was ugly!

shot accuracy 37%
interceptions: 22 Perth 11 Bne
out-passed by the opposition
passing accuracy in opposition half: 64% (that's every 3rd pass given away!!!)

Yes 2 excellent goals - which made the total time span of acceptable play by us as around 3 minutes of 90. We were abysmal!!

Not one player on the park should of walked off with his head held high last night - with the possible exceptions of the 2 goal scorers - and not just because they scored but because they actually put in and didn't give the ball away with every second pass. The amount of times we lost the ball, passed to no one, couldn't control, got out-muscled, was just atrocious. We played nowhere near as well as we did on Wed night - with the exception of those 2 moments of determination and actual skill.

Broich needs a rest - the worst game from him I have seem since....forever?? I have said this a zillion times but let me repeat it again - it does NOT work putting Broich in the middle of the park. He had nothing to do with either goal and contributed nothing but errors all night. Compare that to the fact that he had set up 5 of our 6 previous goals when playing out on the left.

Theo?? another 1, possibly 2 goals attributable to his increasingly regular brain explosions. Polenz: invisible. Brown: ripped to shreds over and over again. Andrija?: did he even touch the ball in the 1st half?

Not a good night guys - lets hope something starts to gel soon because if this is the best we can put together when for the first time all season we have had every player in the squad to call on - then the future for the remainder of this season is looking grim indeed.