Resolute Glory deny Roar with 1-0 win
Midfielder Steven McGarry's wonder-strike gave Perth Glory a 1-0 victory and heaped more misery on struggling A-League champions Brisbane Roar on Friday night.
McGarry's 35-yard stunner just before halftime was enough to secure the Glory their first back-to-back wins of the season and leave new Roar coach Mike Mulvey ruing what might have been after the hosts squandered numerous opportunities.
In front of 11,352 fans, the Roar spent most of the second half attacking the Glory's penalty area but the home team failed to convert with star striker Besart Berisha particularly guilty of fluffing chances he'd normally bury.
The Albanian, who controversially won a penalty which he then converted to seal the Roar's grand final win over the Glory at Suncorp Stadium back in April, had at least three clear chances to score but endured a rare off-night in front of goal.
Brazilian Henrique hit the crossbar while midfielder Erik Paartalu and youngster Ben Halloran also came close but the Glory somehow held firm to deny the Roar an equalising goal in a lopsided second-half.
McGarry's classy strike, which came after he was given space from a clever flick-on from Smeltz, lifts the Glory to fourth place with 17 points, ahead of Melbourne Victory on goal difference.
The Roar, who replaced head coach Rado Vidosic with Mulvey during the week, remain ninth with just three wins from 12 matches.
The Roar also suffered a late blow with substitute Jack Hingert limping off in the dying minutes of the match.