Clisby cracker in vain as Glory fall to Roar

Jack Clisby’s spectacular first-half goal could not prevent Glory from slipping to a 2-1 defeat against Brisbane Roar in Sunday’s ISUZU UTE A-League Round 18 clash at Kayo Stadium.

View full match highlights HERE.

For the third time this season, the defender found the net in sumptuous style with 19 minutes played, but the hosts roared back and led by half-time courtesy of goals from Tom Aldred and former Glory man, Henry Hore.

Ruben Zadkovich’s side battled gamely to restore parity in the second half and came within centimetres of doing just that when substitute Adam Zimarino struck the woodwork in stoppage-time.

To compound a difficult afternoon in Queensland, Glory had defender Darryl Lachman stretchered off into an ambulance following a second-half clash of heads with Hore.

After expressing the group’s concern for Lachman, Zadkovich went on to outline his disappointment at the nature of the goals his side conceded.

View his full post-match media conference HERE.

“It’s been very frustrating,” he said.

“I think the last four or five weeks we’ve had some really good performances, we’ve been in winning positions and conceded late goals with individual mistakes and dropped points.

“Today I thought we started the game really well and were clearly the better team in terms of getting the ball down and playing.

“We had a really good clear process and structure and cwere creating chances.

“We got one [goal], it should have been two or three and then we concede a very soft goal off a corner which was no good enough.

“That gave them [Brisbane] the belief that they needed.

“We were the better team tonight and played the better football, but they worked really hard tonight and got something out of the game.

In the end, when we concede two soft goals like that, we give them something to defend and we weren’t able to break them down which was disappointing.”

The tone was set early for what proved to be a dramatic afternoon as Adam Taggart saw a header cleared off the line by Hore inside the opening eight minutes.

But there was nothing the Roar defence or goalkeeper Jordan Holmes could do about Clisby’s opener which arrived soon after.

Mustafa Amini picked out the experienced 31-year-old on the corner of the box and after cushioning the ball superbly with his left foot, he bent a pinpoint shot into the far corner with his right.

To their credit, Roar reacted well to the early setback and were back on level terms less than ten minutes later as Aldred nodded home Nikola Mileusnic’s inswinging corner.

Rahmat Akbari and Mileusnic then went close for the hosts before Carlo Armiento teed up Hore to make it 2-1 with a low strike from just inside the box.

The chances continued to flow after the break, Jordan Holmes making a fingertip save from Glory substitute Aaron McEneff and then denying Salim Khelifi sixty seconds later.

At the other end, meanwhile, Cameron Cook twice foiled the lively Mileusnic as Roar looked to snatch a third on the break.

The latter stages were marred by the injury to Lachman, but when play did finally resume, it was the visitors who came closest to claiming the game’s fourth goal.

Three minutes into stoppage-time, Zimarino cleverly found a pocket of space on the edge of the box and unleashed a powerful effort which beat Holmes’ despairing dive only to crash against the inside of the far post and bounce back out.

The relieved Roar defence duly hacked the ball clear and Glory’s chance of securing the point their performance warranted, was gone.

Match Details

ISUZU UTE A-League 2022/23 Season Round 18

Brisbane Roar 2 (Aldred 28′, Hore 45′) Perth Glory 1
(Clisby 19′)

Half-time: 2-1

Kayo Stadium

Referee: Alireza Faghani

Brisbane Roar: 23.Jordan HOLMES (gk), 3.Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINS, 5.Thomas ALDRED (c), 7.Rahmat AKBARI, 10.Nikola MILEUSNIC (15.Noah SMITH 84′), 11. Jez LOFTHOUSE (35.Louis ZABALA 73′), 12.Taras GOMULKA, 13.Henry HORE, 17.Carlo ARMIENTO (16.Joshua BRINDELL-SOUTH 675′), 19 Jack HINGERT (21.Marcel CANADI 73′), 27.Kai TREWIN,

Substitutes not used: 1.Macklin FREKE (gk), 32.James NIKOLOVSKI, 99. Ayom MAJOK 

Yellow Cards: Hingert, Lofthouse, Akbari, Mileusnic, Brindell-South

Red Cards: None

Perth Glory: 13.Cameron COOK (gk), 4.Luke BODNAR (6.Aaron MCENEFF 53′), 5.Mark BEEVERS (20.Giordano COLLI 79′), 7.Ryan WILLIAMS, 8.Mustafa AMINI (c) (43.Adam ZIMARINO 79′), 10.Salim KHELIFI (18.David WILLIAMS 62′), 14.Jack CLISBY, 15.Jordan ELSEY, 16.Keegan JELACIC, 22.Adam TAGGART (21.Antonee BURKE-GILROY 62′), 29.Darryl LACHMAN (2.John KOUTROUMBIS 90+8′)

Substitutes not used: 30.Pierce CLARK (gk)

Yellow Cards: Bodnar, Ryan Williams

Red Cards: None