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Victory can't find A-League way past Perth

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/12/2016 Ben McKay

Perth Glory have stymied Melbourne Victory's attempts to jump back to second on the A-League table, holding on to a 1-1 draw at AAMI Park on Friday night.

Victory created a hatful of chances and on another night might have won in a canter.

But their star-studded forward line couldn't find a second goal after Besart Berisha cancelled out Andy Keogh's record-setting opener in front of 16,017 fans.

Marco Rojas, Besart Berisha, James Troisi, Fahid Ben Khalfallah and substitute Jai Ingham all missed opportunities to win it for Victory.

Between Rojas' first-half strike, which Liam Reddy tipped onto the post, and Troisi's late volley onto the woodwork, this was a tale of woe for Victory.

The shot tally of 22-4 said it all.

Ben Khalfallah's misses were particularly glaring, putting two chances the wrong side of both posts within five minutes.

Kevin Muscat's side even had the ball in the back of Glory's net three times but for off-sides.

But Glory held on for an away point, making it seven matches without defeat against Victory.

Keogh's milestone goal on 17 minutes put them on their way.

Chris Harold, released on the right by Nebo Marinkovic, sped away from Leigh Broxham and cut back for Keogh.

The Irishman unleashed a powerful first-time strike which beat Lawrence Thomas at the back post for his seventh goal of the season - making him Glory's all-time leading scorer in the A-League era.

Victory's assault on Glory's goal then began.

Rojas' right foot curler looked destined to nestle inside the back post, only for Reddy to get a glove to the ball and tip it onto the woodwork.

But the Kiwi would continue his streak of scoring or assisting in every match this season, finding Berisha in the box after Perth defender Dino Djulbic blundered.

Djulbic should have cleared with ease but took an air swing, allowing Berisha to compose himself from six yards out and bury a volley past Reddy.

The frustration at AAMI Park wasn't just contained to Victory's players and coaches.

Concerningly, one fan decided to throw a full water bottle onto the pitch in the direction of Brandon Wilson as he hobbled off for a late substitution.

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