Brisbane and Perth delivered another thrilling chapter in their long-standing rivalry, with six goals, three penalties, and a red card punctuating an end-to-end affair at Suncorp.
After trailing by two at the interval, the Glory produced a stunning second half turnaround to score four unanswered goals, and regain their position at the top of the table.
After a stirring comeback in Newcastle, caretaker coach Darren Davies had plenty to build on going into the Roar’s first home game in nearly a month. Tony Popovic, meanwhile, rotated his squad, making four changes from the side that beat the Mariners 4-1 on New Year’s Eve.
After a tepid first 15 minutes, Brisbane began to exert a ferocious high press, and were rewarded with an Adam Taggart double before the break – one from a Liam Reddy brain fade, and another from a corner.
Daniel Bowles’ red card early in the second half completely changed the contest, and Brisbane were powerless to prevent the changing of the tide.
Two Neil Kilkenny penalties, an Aaron Reardon own goal, and an Andy Keogh header, not to mention a brilliant cameo from Diego Castro, saw the Glory complete a stunning comeback and take the three points back to WA.
Taggart had a golden opportunity to reduce the deficit in stoppage time, but blazed his penalty against the bar, spoiling his chance of a hat trick.
Jamie Young – 8.5
Barely had a save to make in the first half, but was a very busy man in the second, and stood up fantastically well for his side. Displayed his brilliant athleticism and anticipation to deny Keogh (twice), Davidson (twice), and Santalab (from point blank range). Had no real chance of stopping any of the Perth goals.
Jack Hingert – 6
Denied Ferreira what seemed a certain goal with a crucial block in his own six yard box. Nasty challenge on Davidson led to a deserved booking. Couldn’t cope with Davidson or Castro down his flank in the second half as the pressure mounted.
Daniel Bowles – 4
Gave away some free kicks in promising areas which Perth failed to capitalise on. Came very close to scoring with an excellent header from a Bautheac set piece, but his effort came back off the stanchion.
Deservedly red carded early in the second half for bringing down Chianese when the Perth attacker was clean through on goal, and his poor decision cost his side dearly.