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Keogh treble sinks City, puts Glory top

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/10/2016 Ben McKay

With Perth coach Kenny Low banished to the stands over a clash with the referee, Andy Keogh has scored a hat-trick for the Glory to topple Melbourne City 3-2 at AAMI Park.

Twice Keogh put Perth ahead from set-pieces in Friday night's A-League face-off but City found two replies through Bruno Fornaroli's penalty and Fernando Brandan.

The Irishman was the hero and City pair Josh Rose and Dean Bouzanis the villains after they conspired to hand Keogh a third just five minutes from time.

With Bouzanis well off his line, Rose's defensive header fell straight to Keogh, who lobbed the goalkeeper to secure a result that puts Perth on top of the league.

Glory yielded a majority of possession but were worthy winners after arriving in Melbourne with a better intent than their hosts.

From the early exchanges it became clear the Glory's counter-attacking game was going to cause City more problems than they encountered in last weekend's derby stroll.

Sure enough, on seven minutes Perth took the lead with a effort straight from Lowe's little black book of set plays.

Neil Kilkenny's barge on young centre-back Alex Grant drew a free kick in the middle of the park.

Nebojsa Marinkovic lofted the ball into the path of Chris Harold, who cut-back for Keogh to tap in.

City were asleep for the goal and looked groggy for most of the half.

But Fornaroli fashioned a way for John van 't Schip's side to get back in the contest, wriggling free in the box and catching the leg of Dino Djulbic for a penalty.

The Uruguayan made no mistake from the spot, giving City parity at the break.

Djulbic, man of the match Rostyn Griffiths and Lowe was enraged, confronting referee Alan Milliner at halftime, with the coach given his marching orders for the incident.

He was banging the glass of his corporate box in celebration just four minutes into the second half, when Glory again scored from a set-piece.

Luke Brattan cleared Djulbic's header off the line and back to the giant defender.

At the second effort, Djulbic headed to Keogh, who put his header over the line via Bouzanis' clumsy hands.

City roared back, equalising through Brandan after he was played in by the otherwise quiet Tim Cahill.

The home side were finishing stronger until the late howler gave Perth their first win over City in Melbourne since January 2012.

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