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Glory bounce back to beat 10-man Phoenix

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/01/2017 Chris Pike
It was a Perth equaliser with a cracking strike from captain Rostyn Griffiths on halftime that turned the contest. © Paul Kane/Getty Images It was a Perth equaliser with a cracking strike from captain Rostyn Griffiths on halftime that turned the contest.

Perth Glory overcame a lacklustre first half to end their six-game winless run, beating a 10-man Wellington Phoenix 2-1 at nib Stadium.

Glory had not won since a home 3-1 win over Adelaide United on November 18 but struggled in the opening half with the Phoenix dominating.

Wellington scored in the 11th minute through Rory Krishna and that could have easily been doubled or tripled as they opened up the Glory defence.

It was a Perth equaliser with a cracking strike from captain Rostyn Griffiths on halftime that turned the contest.

Adam Taggart then scored to open the second half before Wellington was reduced to 10-men with a bizarre straight red card from referee Shaun Evans handed to Krishna.

It had appeared an infringement worth a free-kick at worst.

Glory's fourth win of the season put them three points behind the fourth placed Melbourne City. Phoenix remain eighth, two points behind the sixth placed Western Sydney Wanderers.

Krishna scored thanks to a set up pass from Shane Smeltz and sloppy Perth defending from Alexander Grant.

His shot was initially saved by Liam Reddy but the Glory 'keeper couldn't stop it trickling over the line.

Phoenix continued opening up Glory on the counter attack and Kosta Barbarouses, Krishna and Smeltz all had good scoring chances. But a 30-plus metre bomb from Griffiths gave Perth a flattering 1-1 halftime scoreline.

They came out a different unit for the second half, Andy Keogh seemingly scoring in the 49th minute but getting called back for an incorrect offside call.

Two minutes later he delivered a cross that Taggart headed in and with the send-off making life easier the home side comfortably hung on for the win.

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