Point taken in Perth

Brisbane Roar has grabbed a precious away point at ME Bank Stadium following a 1-1 draw with Perth Glory.

Brisbane Roar has grabbed a precious away point at ME Bank Stadium following a 1-1 draw with Perth Glory.

Despite a highly inexperienced line-up, Ange Postecoglou-s men dug deep and could quite easily have left the West Australian capital with all three points having taken the lead at the start of the second half.

Mitch Nichols had the first opportunity of the match for the Roar when he lashed a Sergio van Dijk knockdown wide of the mark on the volley.

Henrique was next to threaten, but his goal was disallowed after he was adjudged correctly to be in an offside position before receiving the ball.

Van Dijk had a chance of his own just after the quarter hour mark when Henrique won a fortuitous free kick 10 yards outside the penalty area, but the Dutchman dragged his shot wide of the Tando Velaphi-s goal.

Brisbane had a further slice of luck two minutes later when a Branko Jelic header from the edge of the six yard box smashed into the bar and with Griffin McMaster stranded on the deck, Adriano Pellegrino could only head the rebound into the goalkeeper-s grateful hands.

As the balance of play swung in the home side-s favour Mile Sterjovski had his own opportunity with a header, but the Socceroo couldn-t find the target.

Jelic then struck a powerful shot from outside of the box which McMaster just dealt with.

McMaster was forced into another save just minutes later, this time from Pellegrino, as Perth began to open up Brisbane-s defensive shape.

Brisbane rode the storm of pressure and neither side could produce any noteworthy efforts in the final third of the half.

Sikora shot from distance with just over five minutes remaining before the break, but his tame effort was comfortable for McMaster.

Brisbane started the second half with a bang when Adam Sarota swung a corner into the box, which was nodded into the danger area by Josh McCloughan for Luke DeVere to score his first goal in the Hyundai A-League to silence the vocal Perth crowd.

Van Dijk very nearly secured himself a goal of the season nomination when he spotted Velaphi off his line and the big striker struck the ball from level with the centre circle, forcing the Glory keeper to scramble back to his line and tip the ball over the bar.

Michael Zullo - who replaced Tommy Oar - and Wayne Shroj both had efforts which went wide of the respective goals as the game became stretched.

Luke Brattan made his Hyundai A-League debut, replacing Henrique who succumbed to cramp with 15 minutes left in the contest.

Perth found a way back into the contest three minutes later when Brisbane failed to clear its lines and Jamie Harnwell squeezed the ball under McMaster.

Todd Howarth though he had secured the home side all three points late in the contest, but a fantastic fingertip save from McMaster ensured Brisbane would not leave empty handed.

While disappointed not to take maximum points out of the contest Postecoglou said he was delighted with the efforts of his team - who he refused to concede was undermanned.

“Certainly we weren-t fantastic today, but the boys put in a very, very good shift,” Postecoglou said.

“The general feeling in the sheds is that it was two points dropped, but you certainly couldn-t fault the effort.

“We definitely had some inexperienced players out there today, but we felt we could cope with that given the likes of Craig Moore, Josh McCloughan and Sergio van Dijk out there we had the experience to help them out.

“The players have said all along we won-t be making excuses about having players out.”

Sunday, 6 December 2009 Perth Glory 1 (Jamie Harnwell 78-) Brisbane Roar 1 (Luke DeVere 52-) ME Bank Stadium, Perth Local kick-off: 4.00pm (7.00pm AEDT) Referee: Strebre Delovski

Perth Glory: 1. Tando VELAPHI (GK), 3. Jamie COYNE, 4. Andy TODD, 7. Jacob BURNS (capt), 8. Victor SIKORA (28. Tommy AMPHLETT 77-), 10. Wayne SHROJ, 11. Branko JELIC (5. Jamie HARNWELL 57-), 12. Scott NEVILLE, 16. Adriano PELLEGRINO, 19. Naum SEKULOVSKI (17. Todd HOWARTH 65-), 21. Mile STERJOVSKI.

Substitutes (not used): 20. Aleks VRTESKI (GK)

Yellow cards: Scott NEVILLE (90-+2)

Red cards: Nil

Brisbane Roar: 20. Griffin McMASTER (GK), 2. Andrew PACKER, 3. Luke DEVERE (12. Matt MUNDY 61-), 4. Craig MOORE, 5. Josh McCLOUGHAN, 6. David DODD, 9. Sergio VAN DIJK, 13. HENRIQUE (25. Luke BRATTAN 75-), 14. Adam SAROTA, 17. Mitch NICHOLS, 21. Tommy OAR (7. Michael ZULLO 54-).

Substitutes (not used): 1. Liam REDDY.

Yellow cards: Michael ZULLO (87-)

Red cards: Nil