WHAT A GAME!
My prediction yesterday morning was spot on, with Glory winning their Qualifying Finals match against Central Coast Mariners in penalties.
I was keeping an eye on the game while I was at the Fremantle Dockers match and I think I was screaming more for the Glory then I was for the Dockers. It was a tough, hard faught tug of war, with both teams going hard at it defensively but getting very little reward for it in a scoring sense.
The Mariners drew first blood in the 33rd minute before the forever-cool Shane Smeltz, arguably the reason the Glory were even playing yesterday, slotted the ball into the net from a Billy Mehmet cross just two minutes later. From then on, the arm wrestle continued right until the whistle was blown for the end of regulation time with the scores at 1-1. The period of extra time produced no repeat of last week’s win against the Phoenix, with the scores remaining locked and the game going into penalties.
And so steps up captain Jacob Burns. All the pressure on his shoulders after four of his teammates slotted penalities before him and the Mariners missed one at a crucial stage. He needed to put the ball in the net. Keeping a cool head, Burns lightly tapped the ball under the keeper and into the bottom corner to seal the win for the Glory and send them through to their first A-League Grand Final match against the Brisbane Roar on Sunday.