Jamie Maclaren is on the verge of breaking Robbie Slater's long-held Australian football record, but that's cold comfort for Melbourne City who shipped two late goals to draw 2-2 with Perth Glory
Jamie Maclaren opened the scoring with a bullet bouncing-header after he found acres of space between Perth's defenders from a deep cross.
The Socceroos striker then added a second from the penalty spot after Shane Lowry was adjudged to have handballed attempting to clear a low-driven cross.
But despite City's excellent ball movement sending a shell-shocked Glory outfit into the second half 2-0 down, Tony Popovic's men were composed and able to step up a level with ease in the second, as Warren Joyce's City sat deep and invited pressure.
The losses to injury of Bart Schenkeveld and Ritchie De Laet ultimately proved decisive, as the damage occurred in the final 10 minutes.
2-2 at AAMI Park. Funny thing is, a fortnight ago I reckon City would have taken draws v Victory, Perth. The way they played out ... nah mate #MCYvPER— Ben McKay (@benmackey) 3 March 2019
First Joel Chianese responding with a similar header to Maclaren - equally unmarked - before Diego Castro pulled off a thumping, curving shot from range which left Eugene Galekovic equal parts stranded and confused.
While an away point keeps Perth six points clear of Sydney FC with six matches remaining, it only creates a four point buffer between Newcastle Jets in seventh, and a very disappointed City outfit.