Perth Glory overcame the blow of receiving the second-quickest red card in A-League men’s history to claim a famous 1-0 victory over Western Sydney at HBF Park.
Defender Jordan Elsey was sent off after just 93 seconds on Friday for a clumsy challenge he and Wanderers star Yeni Ngpakoto picked up on his Achilles tendon.
The incident occurred just 57 seconds into Friday night’s match, and referee Alex King consulted his assistant and assessed Ngpakoto on the turf before deciding to send off Elsie.
The speed of the red card matched that of then-Nassr goalkeeper Ante Covic, whose foul after just 57 seconds led to him being shown a red card in 62 seconds.
Glory then defended heroically throughout the match, getting a lucky break in the 84th minute when Wanderers defender Tomislav Mrcela was also shown a red card.
Mrcela was ordered to move to David Williams after the Glory striker intercepted the ball in the middle of the ground and only the goalkeeper had in front of him.
To complete their exceptional evening, Glory midfielder Aaron McIniff appeared five minutes into extra time with the winner, his shot from the edge of the box deflecting Wanderers defender Thomas Bedeling and wrong goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas.
Glory’s sixth win of the season would be one of their most famous – but more importantly, it moved them back within four points of sixth place.
Wanderers were dealt a huge blow when superstar Morgan Schneiderlin limped off with a leg injury after just 25 minutes.
The 33-year-old Frenchman was so frustrated he angrily kicked an advertising treasure.
Glory’s red card in the second minute had earlier stunned the crowd, but goalkeeper Cameron Cook made a series of powerful saves to keep the Wanderers at bay.
Cook parried Adama Traore’s long-range shot, diving well to block Schneiderlin’s shot, and managed to block a shot from Brandon Borrello.
Wanderers continued to lead in the second half, with Borrello and Calem Nieuwenhof both scoring in the middle amid a series of chances for the visitors.
Woodworks saved Neuenhof again in the 78th minute when his shot from close range hit the underside of the crossbar.
Cook made some more important saves, and the game was level when Marcela was sent off.
Glory pushed hard for the winner, and was rewarded when McEneff produced the goods to thrill the crowd.
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