10 man Fury deny Perth in 1-1 stalemate
A bizarre own goal has denied Perth Glory from winning a thrilling encounter against North Queensland Fury tonight in Perth. Perth Glory 1 North Queensland Fury 1 Scorers: Sterjovski (P) 49th pen, Velaphi (P) 71st own goal Crowd: 12,822 Red card: U.Talay (NQF) 44th Perth Glory has blown a massive opportunity for a home win after only managing a 1-1 draw with Robbie Fowler's North Queensland Fury.
Aided by the first half dismissal of the Fury's Ufuk Talay, Glory seemed headed for the three points after Mile Sterjovski's converted penalty in the 49th minute.
With 19 minutes remaining, the Glory conceded an unusual equaliser when keeper Tando Velaphi fell over his goal-line after saving John Tambouras' goal-bound header.
Despite claims that Velaphi was pushed, the goal was allowed and set the scene for a frantic final 20 minutes as the home side went in search of the winner.
But the Fury defence - without the injured Shane Stefanutto - kept out the Glory attackers to successfully claim a vital away draw.