Glory’s were unable to make home advantage count and climb the ISUZU UTE A-League table on Saturday evening as Brisbane Roar ran out 4-1 winners at HBF Park.
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Juan Lescano’s header gave the Queenslanders a first half lead which was doubled when the Argentinean tapped home from close range just short of the hour-mark.
Jay O’Shea’s penalty then effectively sealed the points for the visitors before substitute Luke Ivanovic added a fourth, rendering Daniel Stynes’ stoppage-time volley nothing more than a consolation effort for Glory.
And a night to forget for the men in purple was completed in stoppage-time when substitute Mitch Oxborrow received a straight red for a foul on Rahmat Akbari.
Glory Head Coach Richard Garcia was naturally very disappointed by the result.
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“That was tough to take, very tough to take,” he said.
“On the balance of the first half, you would have thought there was only going to be one winner.
“Then we concede a set-piece which was disappointing after Adelaide and we’ve spoken about it many, many times; that responsibility in the box.
“And then we’ve got an uphill battle.
“I thought the guys came out in the second half and were still on the front foot and created chances, but we just lacked that cutting edge in the final third.
“We lacked the killer instinct, the mentality to score and the longer it goes on, with the position in the table, there’s a little bit of anxiousness around the box which is somewhat disappointing because we keep encouraging them to take their chances.
“Those chances change games and goals change games.”
Looking to get the better of Roar for the second time in less than a month, Glory began brightly as Pacifique Niyongabire and Adrian Sardinero both threatened to break the deadlock.
Sardinero then went close again after a sweeping move featuring Niyongabire, Josh Rawlins and Callum Timmins and with Glory continuing to look the more likely, it came as a real shock when Roar hit the front in the shadows of half-time.
O’Shea bent in a cross from the left and Lescano met it with a glancing header which beat Brand Jones’ despairing dive and found the bottom corner.
Glory did manage to get the ball into the net early in the second half, but Stynes’ effort was ruled out after Niyongabire was adjudged to have strayed offside before delivering his cross.
Brisbane made the most of that let-off, Lescano slotting home the loose ball after Ryo Wada’s initial effort had been half-blocked to make it 2-0.
2-0 then became 3-0 nine minutes from time, Darryl Lachman penalised for tripping substitute Jez Lofthouse in the box and O’Shea calmly sending Jones the wrong way from the spot.
Roar’s fourth was a fine individual effort from Ivanovic who danced his way into the box and rifled a low shot into the net and the quality of that finish was almost immediately matched at the other end of the field by Stynes who thumped home an angled volley to reduce the arrears.
But there was to be another blow for the hosts right at the death when Oxborrow tangled with Akbari in the centre circle and became the first Glory player to be sent off this season.
Perth Glory 1 (Stynes 90+1′) Brisbane Roar 4 (Lescano 40′, 58′, O’Shea (pen) 81′, Ivanovic 89′)
Referee: Adam Kersey
Perth Glory: 1.Brad JONES (GK), 5.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS (6.Osama MALIK 73′), 7.Adrian SARDINERO (42.Josh ANASMO 63′), 9.Bruno FORNAROLI (C), 11.Nick FITZGERALD (23.Mitch OXBORROW 46′), 14.Jack CLISBY, 19.Callum TIMMINS, 22.Josh RAWLINS (21.Antonee BURKE-GILROY 73′), 24.Pacifique NIYONGABIRE, 26.Giordano COLLI (18.Daniel STYNES 46′), 29.Darryl LACHMAN
Substitutes not used: 12.Cameron COOK (GK), 43.Adam ZIMARINO
Yellow Cards: Fitzgerald
Red Cards: Oxborrow
Brisbane Roar: 12.Jordan HOLMES (GK), 2.Scott NEVILLE, 5.Tom ALDRED (4.Anton MLINARIC 74′), 7.Rahmat AKBARI, 13.Henry HORE, 18.Ryo WADA (9.Luke IVANOVIC 63′), 21.Nicholas OLSEN, 23.Juan LESCANO (11.Jez LOFTHOUSE 75′), 26.James O’SHEA, 27.Kai TREWIN, 35.Louis ZABALA (19.Jack HINGERT 64′)
Substitutes not used: 1.Macklin FREKE (GK), 8.Matti STENMANN, 16.Josh BRINDELL-SOUTH
Yellow Cards: Olsen
Red Cards: None