Defence went out the door for City and Glory
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 21:41
Should third-placed Brisbane Roar defeat sixth finishers Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday night, City will head into their match knowing a win would book them a Melbourne derby.
Perth Glory beat Melbourne City 5-4 to close the A-League regular season but it wasn't enough to earn a home final against the same opponent.
A insane final day of the regular season - which saw Brisbane beat Wellington 4-3 and Perth Glory beat City 5-4 - settled the final places and set up some tantalising finals.
Borello got one back for the Roar when he turned inside on the right-hand side of the penalty area and curled a low left-footed effort into the far corner past the despairing arm of Lewis Italiano.
The visitors have their own threats as well, most notably Caltex Socceroo striker Tim Cahill.
That ensured City finished fourth to play at home on Sunday against the fifth-place Glory.
But in chasing goals Perth was vulnerable at the back, a frailty that first Cahill and then Nicolas Colazo exploited to make it 4-3 before Adam Taggart and Nick Fitzgerald traded late goals.
The two previous clashes between these two this season has seen 11 goals scored in a 3-3 draw and 3-2 win to Glory.
"The character of the boys to come from 3-1 down ... they wanted a win and they don't know how to lie down", Roar coach John Aloisi said.
"Maybe at the 4-1, you start to be a little bit more conservative...and look to go and pinch one".
After the sides went into the half-time break level, quick fire goals from Andy Keogh, Chris Harold and Nebosja Marinkovic had the Westerners within touching distance of a home final spot.
"Both teams were chasing wins and we needed to win to finish third and it was just insane how it all panned out in the end", Valkanis said.