All guts no Glory for beaten Brisbane Roar
ROAR coach John Aloisi's decision to rest key personnel backfired in Perth on Saturday night, with the Glory defeating Brisbane 3-1.
With an eye on his side's AFC Champions League clash against Japanese club Kashima Antlers on Wednesday night, Aloisi left marquee man Thomas Broich, key midfielder Thomas Kristensen, former Greek international defender Avraam Papadopoulos and first-choice goalkeeper Michael Theo in Brisbane.
The Glory took full advantage, with goals to Richard Garcia, Andy Keogh and substitute Rostyn Griffiths lifting Perth to fifth on the ladder.
Brisbane, whose only goal of the game came via a deflected Brett Holman effort, have dropped to fourth on goal difference behind Melbourne City.
The Roar had their chances, but the usually lethal Jamie Maclaren - who had scored 10 times in his previous seven A-League matches - was wasteful against his former club.
Perth went ahead in the 35th minute through Garcia.
The former Socceroo was first to well-placed free kick from Diego Castro, with Garcia's header looping over Roar goalkeeper Jamie Young.
A minute there was a melee involving several players after Glory striker Andy Keogh objected to an ugly challenge on Castro from Brisbane midfielder Jacob Pepper.
Pepper was booked for the foul, while Keogh was also given a yellow card for his reaction.
It wasn't the only bad tackle of the first half, with Glory defender Lucian Goian lucky to avoid a booking for a crude tackle on Roar midfielder Holman.
Still feeling the effects of Pepper's challenge, Castro limped off five minutes into the second half.
The Roar equalised in the 57th minute through Holman, whose shot deflected off Goian on its way past Glory gloveman Liam Reddy.
Maclaren wasted a great chance to put Brisbane ahead in the 61st minute when he failed to hit the target with a free header after being found by a pinpoint Jack Hingert cross.
Three minutes later Maclaren blew another golden opportunity after running on to a Jacob Pepper through ball.
He took too long too shot, allowing Goian to make a decisive challenge.
Maclaren's failure to make the most of his chances came back to haunt Brisbane in the 67th minute when Perth regained the lead through Keogh.
The unmarked Keogh produced a sweet first-time finish from a well-placed Josh Risdon cross.
Griffiths sealed Perth's win and their spot in the finals series nine minutes later, making the most of some ordinary Roar defending from a Glory throw-in with a curling strike that was too good for keeper Young.