In a match that was effectively meaningless, Perth Glory were determined to go out in form despite being eliminated from finals contention. Perth won the match through an impressive performance from Jamie Maclaren as they beat Melbourne City 3-1 at nib Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
With nothing at stake for either side there seemed to be a bit of freedom to how both teams played the game. The match was tight and relatively open in the early stages of the match, and Perth thought they had the lead in the 12th minute as Andy Keogh had the ball in the back of the net but was denied by the offside flag.
Perth Glory kept looking for it and in the 17th minute they had another chance and really should have had the lead. Richie Garcia was able to get inside the box, as he had a chance from a tight angle but his effort could only find the post.
Those misses were very nearly punished as Melbourne City really took completely over the match and had chances. But it was Danny Vukovic who was completely unbeatable in the Perth Glory goal as he managed to cover everything Melbourne City threw at him.
Harry Novillo was looking the most likely for Melbourne City, as he was able to find the space to create his chances. But Novilllo was constantly frustrated as Vukovic was always able to get in the way of the efforts and make the saves needed.
Three minutes before half time Melbourne City were punished for those missed opportunities as Perth Glory hit the lead. Coming completely against the run of play, a long ball fell for Jamie Maclaren who was able to run on to the ball and send it across the face, beating Tando Velaphi and giving Perth a 1-0 lead at the break.
After receiving a yellow card in the last minute of the first half, Paolo Retre clearly did not cool his head in the break. Retre ran in to Denis Kramar, blocking his run which earned him his second yellow of the match and forced City to play the entire second half a man down.
Despite that Melbourne City were determined to keep on going for the match but Vukovic was keeping them out. In the 51st minute City finally got past Vukovic, it came from a beautiful free kick as Aaron Mooy who sent in a ball that left Vukovic with no chance, leveling the scores.
After the equalizer, the match seemed to settle down, while Novillo was still busy creating chances but they were not as clear cut. City still seemed the more likely team but they were just not able to get their shots on target as they were proving wasteful.
Those missed opportunities were punished in the 64th minute as Perth Glory were able to get the lead back. Daniel De Silva was able to get space free in the box and shoot, but his effort was saved by Velaphi, only for Maclaren to run on to the ball and score with a simple tap in.
This time there was no coming back from Melbourne City as that man disadvantage was just proving too much. City could not get back in to the match as they were too tired, which allowed Perth to continue to control the match.