Perth Glory have inflicted a major blow on Melbourne Victory’s premiership hopes with a come-from-behind 2-1 win at nib Stadium on Saturday night.
Trailing 1-0 after the hour, Glory produced a rousing final 30 minutes to shore up their top six spot with two goals through Nebojsa Marinkovic and Adam Taggart.
Besart Berisha had given the visitors the lead after James Troisi was brought down in the area for a second time, sending Liam Reddy the wrong way from the spot.
The Albanian striker had missed an earlier chance to open the scoring when Reddy turned his first penalty onto the post prior to the break.
Ninkovic’s superb 77th minute free-kick and a classy finish from Taggart sees Perth leapfrog Wellington Phoenix into fifth.
Victory’s second straight defeat means they remain eight points adrift of first-placed Sydney FC with 11 rounds remaining.
0-1 Victory: Berisha (p), 58’
Berisha this time sent Reddy the wrong way from the spot after Joseph Mills caught James Troisi with his follow-through.
1-1 Glory: Marinkovic, 77’
Marinkovic sized up a free-kick just outside the area and perfectly picked out Lawrence Thomas’ bottom corner with a curling effort around the wall.
2-1 Glory: Taggart, 84’
Josh Risdon skipped around his marker, drove at the Victory defence and picked out the run of Taggart, who gave Thomas no chance with his first-time finish.
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