2016/17 Australian A-League, 2016 Australian A-League
  • Besart Berisha (41')
  • Andy Keogh (17')

Melbourne Victory frustrated by Perth Glory as chances wasted

Perth Glory frustrated Melbourne Victory's attempt to jump back to second in the A-League table, holding them to a 1-1 draw at AAMI Park on Friday.

Victory created a hatful of chances, but their star-studded forward line could not find a second goal after Besart Berisha had 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 then missed opportunities to win it for Victory.

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

The shot tally of 22-4 said it all with Ben Khalfallah's misses particularly glaring as he fired two chances past the post within five minutes.

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 to score 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.

And they were level when Rojas found 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.

The frustration at AAMI Park was not 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 in a late substitution.

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