It was an afternoon to forget for Perth Glory’s NYL side with Striker Jamie Maclaren suffering an ankle injury in his first match back from a groin complaint while the team suffered a 5-0 loss to Brisbane Roar.
Perth was unable to stop a dominant Brisbane Roar side in the sapping heat after being reduced to nine-man.
Undisciplined acts from Glory saw centre backs Alexander Castiello and Mark Barnett sent off and give Brisbane a significant on-field advantage.
Roar pair Jai Ingham and Brandon Borello both scored braces as the visitors avenged the 7-2 defeat they suffered at the hands of Perth on their home turf earlier in the season.
Saturday’s win was the Roar’s second in as many games, while Perth has conceded 32 goals in its past six straight losses.
Ingham put the Roar ahead in the 13th minute when he effortlessly slotted a penalty following Castiello’s straight red card for a last man tackle.
However, Ingham soon found himself in the referee’s book for a crude challenge on Glory defender Josh Risdon.
Perth winger Harry O’Brien came agonisingly close to levelling the score when his long-range attempt hit the cross bar.
But Borrello added salt to the Glory’s early wounds when he weaved his way through Glory’s depleted defence and slammed the ball past a helpless Fraser Greenwood.
Borello added another nine minutes later in almost identical fashion as the Roar took advantage of having an extra man on the pitch.
Just when things seemingly could not get worse for Glory, Maclaren had to be subbed off in the 35th minute after rolling his right ankle.
Maclaren was playing his first match in two weeks after picking up a groin injury that forced to him to pull out of Australia’s squad for the AFC U22 Championships in Oman.
Risdon looked dangerous in the first half for Glory at right back, but took no further part after the break following a substitute appearance for the senior team on Friday night.
Half time: Perth Glory 0 – 3 Brisbane Roar
Perth midfielder Daniel De Silva was denied a chance to score shortly after half-time due to an excellent piece of goalkeeping from Brisbane’s Matt Acton.
Roar substitute Samuel Sibataura took just three minutes after entering the pitch to add a fourth goal for his side before Barnett picked up his second yellow card of the match in the 74th minute, reducing Glory to just nine players.
Ingham converted a second penalty four minutes later after he was clipped inside the box by Brandon O’Neill and had two chances to complete a hat-trick in the final minutes, but one went into the side netting and the other was well wide of the goalmouth.
Perth Glory 0
Brisbane Roar 5 (Ingham 13m pen, 78m pen, Borrello 20m, 29m, Sibatuara 64m)
Played at Intiga Stadium
Perth Glory: 1. Fraser Greenwood (GK), 2. Jeremy Tshongo, 3. Mark Barnett, 4. Alexander Castiello, 6. Cameron Edwards, 7. Jamie Maclaren (8. Borbor Sam 35m), 9. Ndumba Makeche (15. Jacob Collard 45m), 10. Daniel De Silva, 11. Harry O’Brien, 14. Brandon O’Neill, 16. Josh Ridon (5. Joshua Tucker 45m)
12. Ryan Barker (GK)
Mark Barnett 40m
Alexander Castiello 12m
Mark Barnett 74m
Brisbane Roar: 2. Jaiden Walker, 3. Cameron Crestani, 4. Lachlan Jackson, 5. Sam Cronin (15. Logan Grillo 61m), 6. Benjamin Litfin, 7. Shannon Brady (14. Samuel Sibatuara 61m), 9. Jai Ingham, 10. Devante Clut, 11. Brandon Borrello, 16. Patrick Theodore (12. Mitchell Hore 61m), 20. Matt Acton (GK).
1. Fraser Chalmers (GK)
Jai Ingham 14m
Benjamin Litfin 55m