Phoenix and Glory play out thrilling draw
A late save from Perth Glory goalkeeper Liam Reddy has kept his side's season alive after a pulsating 2-2 draw with Wellington Phoenix on Sunday.
The result leaves both sides seasons on a knife edge, Perth needing to win their final two games to make the post-season while Wellington must win their final match to remain in the hunt for finals.
he home side took a 1-0 lead to the break thanks to Tomer Hemed’s 10th goal in his last 13 appearances.
Bruno Fornaroli came off the bench to equalise for Glory on the hour mark before a screamer from young gun Callum Timmins looked to have the visitors on course for victory.
But the drama was only just getting started as Jaushua Sotirio equalised 10 minutes from the end before Cameron Devlin won a late penalty for Phoenix when he went down under a challenge from Nick D’Agostino.
Glory player’s protests to referee Alex King meant Phoenix skipper Ulises Davila was forced to wait a few minutes before taking his spot-kick and it proved decisive.
The Mexican’s effort was tame and at a nice height for Reddy to dive to his left and palm the ball away to ensure the sides wouldn’t be separated.
Perth Glory coach Richard Garcia said post match his team still had the belief to feature in finals, despite three points adrift of sixth spot with two games to play.
"We just need to go into the next two games with that positive attitude and take all six points," he said.
"It was a fantastic effort tonight by the team.
"It's not an easy trip to come all this way and for them to play the way they did and put in that team effort was very pleasing.
"We're still focused on what we can do within the three-game away trip that we've got and this just takes nus one step closer.
"They showed fantastic quality in that second half and then the desire and teamwork and willingness to put their bodies on the line was fantastic and great to see heading into these next two games."
Perth will return to Australia for their next clash with Brisbane Roar on Wednesday at Moreton Stadium, before facing bottom placed Newcastle next Saturday at McDonald Jones Stadium.