Retro Corner – Rizzo goes boom!


Ok, we’ve only gone back five years, so it’s more of a Rewind Corner than a Retro Corner this week.

But as we gear up for Sunday’s clash with Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park, the chance to revisit one of our most famous away victories over the navy-and-whites was simply too good to pass up.

And Josh Risdon’s role in it is definitely worth enjoying again.

Glory had headed east for the penultimate round of the 2012-13 regular season knowing that a win was vital to keep their finals hopes alive, but they made the worst possible start when Adrian Leijer headed home a corner to put the hosts in front with just 12 minutes on the clock.

From there, however, things brightened up considerably for the men in white.

Just seven minutes after falling behind, Chris Harold’s spectacular volley made it 1-1 and Glory hit the front shortly before the break when Travis Dodd swept home from close range.

The visitors retained that lead right up until the 89th-minute when Chris Cristaldo’s leveller was allowed to stand despite the ball clearly crossing the touchline in the build up to what proved to be the substitute’s only ever A-League goal.

The Glory players and staff were incensed, but for once, justice was to be served.

Three minutes of stoppage time had elapsed when Risdon picked up possession on the edge of the box.

Feinting to use his favoured right foot, he instead cut onto his left and unleashed a shot, the arching trajectory of which can only be described as majestic.

Cue wild celebrations from the goalscorer himself, his teammates, the the knot of Glory fans inside AAMI Park and the many others watching on TV back here in WA.

It truly was an unforgettable goal that sealed an unforgettable win over a team we love to beat and as always, we’d love to get your memories of it.

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