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Draw a heart-breaker for Glory

By Chris Pike 13/10/2007 05:47:11 AM Comments (0)

It was not a scoreless stalemate, but the 3-3 draw with Sydney FC at Members Equity Stadium would break Perth Glory's heart even more.

The draw takes the Glory's winless streak to 15 games, but after only scoring two goals all season and taking part in four scoreless draws, Perth scored three goals in 17 minutes to hold a 3-1 lead over Sydney, only to have their hopes dashed again.

Just three minutes after Mitchell Prentice scored Perth's third goal, Sydney striker Patrick got one back, but the Glory would have still been confident it could hold on.

And hold on they did until injury time struck.

World Cup winner Juninho had a Sydney free kick just outside the box and struck it beautifully. However, it hit the crossbar and Perth escaped.

While it escaped that Sydney strike, in the very last attack of the match Alex Brosque made his 24th birthday a very happy one scoring his second to help his side leave with a gutsy draw.

Brosque's two-goal haul also came after he needed four stitches earlier in the night following a head clash with teammate Patrick.

The forced changes made by both teams seemed to pay off in attack as the two lowest scoring teams played out a thrilling goal fest.

However, the draw will only help end Perth's season in a hurry, while it moves Sydney into the top four, albeit temporarily.

Perth looked the most dangerous side early on, but it was Sydney that opened the scoring through birthday boy, Brosque.

Glory defender Jamie Coyne failed to clear a ball, and Brosque pounced on it in the box and left Perth keeper Tom Tomich no chance of saving it.

Glory favourite son Jamie Harnwell levelled the score just after half-time capitalising on a headed pass from Dino Djulbic to become the first Perth player to score two goals this season.

It only took six minutes for Perth to achieve the goal total it has managed in the first seven games. Coyne made up for his previous defensive error to set up James Robinson to put the Glory 2-1 up.

Perth's first win in almost 12 months looked assured when Prentice scored from a free kick outside the box and the Glory led 3-1.

The bitter twist for Perth began came with Patrick bringing Sydney back within a goal, and then Brosque ensuring Sydney's season is well alive and a happy flight back home awaits.

The result also leaves Sydney as the only team not to lose against an A-League foundation opponent, as it has now managed to win three and draw five against Perth.

Things do not get easier for Perth next week as they take on reigning champions Melbourne Victory at Telstra Dome on Friday, while Sydney hosts Adelaide United at Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday night.

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