Aided by some fortuitous refereeing decisions, Glory produced the comeback of the season, recovering from 3-1 down in the 77th minute to win 4-3, and maintain their six point lead at the top of the table.
The Wanderers were without star marquees Oriol Riera and Alex Baumjohann, and featured five U21 players over the course of the evening. Perhaps their inexperience told in the end, as they conceded 4 goals in the final 20 minutes.
The classy Diego Castro’s halftime introduction proved decisive, as the playmaker had a hand in each of Perth’s four goals.
However, questions must be raised over the performance of referee Kurt Ams, who waved away a potential offside and awarded a soft penalty to Andy Keogh.
Wanderers’ fans will be bitterly disappointed with the outcome, but the game was an absolute thriller, and a terrific advertisement for the league.
As for Perth, they continue to live a charmed life, with dreams of a Premiers’ Plate now a very real possibility.
Liam Reddy – 7.5
Twice denied Yeboah in the first half and could do nothing about any of the goals. His defenders let him down for the first with their marking, and the second and third were struck with venom into the corners.
Scott Neville - 5
Defended his flank diligently but offered very little going forward, and was substituted at halftime.
Tomi Mrcela - 6
Found out on a few occasions due to his lack of pace and agility. The Wanderers’ speedy counter attack was a bad matchup for the big defender.
Shane Lowry – 6.5
Booked in the first half for an unnecessary forearm into the back of Yeboah’s head. Not his sturdiest defensive display, but put his body on the line for a few desperation blocks and tackles.
Alex Grant – 7.5
Rose highest and smashed his header against the crossbar before Franjic scored on the follow-up. Fabulous tackle to deny Yeboah in stoppage time.
Ivan Franjic – 8
Seemed a fish out of water deputising on the left hand side, and his constant checking back onto his right narrowed the Glory’s play.
Brilliant in the second half when Popovic brought on Davidson and moved him back to the right flank. Scored his side’s second and assisted the third.