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2017/18 Australian A-League, 2017 Australian A-League
  • Mark Bridge (10')
  • Xavi Torres (13' PEN)
  • Liam Reddy (87')

Liam Reddy sees red as Western Sydney draw with Perth Glory

For 87 minutes of Western Sydney's 1-1 A-League draw with Perth, the action was as conspicuously absent as the fans.

Controversy arrived in the 88th, when Glory goalkeeper Liam Reddy was sent off for tripping Jaushua Sotirio via a video assistant referee review.

With all three of Kenny Lowe's substitutes used on Sunday, defender Dino Djulbic was forced to put on the gloves and spend seven minutes in goal.

As it happened, Djulbic was rarely tested, especially against Marcelo Carrusca's ensuing free kick, which the Argentine sent straight over the crossbar. But it was something of a climax to an otherwise tedious stalemate that marked an opportunity lost for both sides.

The Wanderers, while still sixth, will not be safe next week while the Glory remain stranded in eighth with five rounds to play. It came on a night that a season-low 6612 spectators turned up at the venue in the absence of the banished Red and Black Bloc.

Bridge put the Wanderers ahead after 10 minutes, driving a low shot from Keanu Baccus past Liam Reddy at his near post. The lead lasted three minutes.

Joel Chianese was sent through on goal and rounded Vedran Janjetovic but the goalkeeper was ruled to have cleaned him up with an errant leg.

Xavi Torres sent Janjetovic the wrong way from the spot. Glory were handed a free kick after half-time when Raul Llorente fouled Chianese and Neil Kilkenny's ball deftly found Andy Keogh.

But, just as the Irishman had been earlier denied by Janjetovic, he was blocked at the final hurdle. Up the other end, Chris Ikonomidis took on a defender and drew a save from Reddy.

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