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Perth repulses UFL All-Stars in a friendly affair

Perth Glory's Andy Keogh muffed his penalty kick early but atoned for it with a winner in first-half added time.

By Kevin Estrada

MANILA-- A-League's Perth Glory came from a goal down to repulse the UFL All-Stars in the Tier 2 international friendly late Saturday afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Goals by Chris Harold and former Ireland international Andy Keogh negated the early strike by Kaya's Louis Clark and held on to the lead in the second half to get their first win in the second of the three-game tour of the country, after sharing honors last Wednesday against league leaders Global.

Perth manager Kenneth Lowe thought that they have the early edge just eight minutes in, but ex-Brisbane custodian Matt Acton denied them as he palmed a weak Keogh penalty.

Five minutes later, Acton's Kaya teammates joined forces for Simon McMemenemy's to take the lead, as Louis Clark received the pass from Robert Lopez-Mendy and slots the ball home past Liam Reddy to open the scoring.

However, Glory equalized nine minutes later, with the the Australian forward duly responded off a cross from left back Marc Warren and headed the ball past Acton.

Action heated up the rest of the first half, as both sides came close to scoring their second, with an end to end stuff at the 38th minute the highlight of it, as Harold hit the post and Lopez-Mendy had his shot went wide to the right.

Yet the visiting Australian side get the upper hand in added time, with Keogh atoned from his penalty miss when slots a low shot into the bottom right corner past Acton.

Both teams had their chances in the second half, but found their respective defence in fine form, yet Perth held their nerve to preserve the win.

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