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Glory rings up A-League win over Victory

By Joseph Sapienza 23/10/2005 09:38:52 PM Comments (0)

Perth Glory secured only its second home win of the season with a deserved 2-1 win over Melbourne Victory in an entertaining A-League affair at Members Equity Stadium.

The shock result moved Glory up to fifth spot while Melbourne fell from first to third.

The match was not even a minute old when a farcical situation developed at the ground. Referee Mark Shield told Glory striker Damian Mori he had to take the ring off his finger before being able to play.

Perth coach Steve McMahon, who was in the field of play, and Mori were livid with Shield's decision to bar him from taking the field, leading to frantic scenes on the Glory bench to try to take the ring off.

Mori vented his pent-up frustration at Shield when the officials walked off for halftime. According to league rules outlined at the start of the season, players must remove all jewellery prior to playing.

Inevitably at the fifth-minute mark, McMahon had no option but to replace Mori, who did not take part at all, with embattled striker Brian Deane. But what seemed to be a conundrum for Perth turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

The Glory wasn't affected by the fracas as it attacked meaningfully through all avenues and dominated Melbourne for the bulk of the match. On the flanks, Adrian Caceres and Hiroyuki Ishida were causing Kevin Muscat and Mark Byrnes headaches with their quick passing and pace.

On 22 minutes, the Glory dominance paid off and the unlikely source was from the much-maligned 192cm Deane. Caceres headed a brilliant left-wing cross from Nick Ward across goal to Deane, who outjumped his marker at the far post to head home past Eugene Galekovic.

But the Glory again made a gaffe as it was stamping its authority on the match, and it took just one defensive lapse from captain Jamie Harnwell to gift the Victory a generous equaliser.

Harnwell made a complete hash of what seemed to be a backpass to keeper Jason Petkovic, and Australian international Archie Thompson was on hand to pounce on the rare opportunity to thump it past Petkovic in the 39th minute.

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