Western Sydney Wanderers’ Finals Series hopes are all but over after slumping to a 3-1 defeat to Perth Glory at Bankwest Stadium on Tuesday night.
After a dour first-half where both sides cancelled each other out, the match sprung to life after the break and it was Glory who came out with the priceless win.
Ivan Franjic opened the scoring for Glory on the hour mark with a brave finish, only for the Wanderers to hit back soon after through their inspirational skipper Mitch Duke.
Needing all three points to keep their hopes of playing finals football alive, the Wanderers pushed hard to find a winner but it was the visitors who fired twice late to snatch victory.
Neil Kilkenny restored Glory’s lead from the penalty spot 13 minutes from time before James Meredith scored his first Hyundai A-League goal on 86 minutes to ice the result.
The win snaps Glory’s two-game losing streak and has basically sewn up a top six spot for Tony Popovic’s side.
But the Wanderers’ campaign appears over, sitting in ninth spot and four points outside the finals places with just two games to play.