Glory tie up A-League finals spot with win over Roar

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April 09, 2017 00:28:01

The Glory have locked away a finals berth with a 3-1 victory over Brisbane Roar at Perth Oval.

The Roar were already guaranteed a third or fourth place finish and while Glory will need a miracle to break into the top four, they are secure in the finals.

The home side scored in the 35th minute from a Richard Garcia header after a Diego Castro free kick.

The Roar levelled in the 57th minute when a Brett Holman shot deflected from Glory defender Lucian Goian.

The Glory had the last say first with Andy Keogh’s 11th goal of the season in the 67th minute. Then a strike from Rostyn Griffiths on the edge of the box sealed the win.

A concern for Glory was Castro coming off in the 50th minute with a calf complaint.

The Roar were not going through the motions, but were down on manpower.

Thomas Broich, Avraam Papadopoulos, Michael Theo and Thomas Kristensen were all rested with an eye to Wednesday’s home Asian Champions League (ACL) match against Kashima Antlers.

The Glory made much of the play in the first half and it was rewarded with a goal to the almost forgotten Garcia.

Making his second start of the season, he knocked on a header expertly from a delightful Castro free kick. It was Garcia’s first goal of the season and fifth in three seasons with the Glory.

The Roar were doing some nice things on attack. That paid off with Holman’s shot that deflected off Goian to score.

Keogh answered for the Glory with his goal in the 67th minute. He volleyed a terrific cross from Josh Risdon to put Glory ahead and the win was sealed with Griffith’s strike nine minutes later.

The Glory finish their season at home next Sunday to Melbourne City, needing to win by seven goals to move into the top four.

The Roar plays Wellington Phoenix following their ACL match on Wednesday.

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April 09, 2017 00:25:11



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