Andy Keogh of the Perth Glory.
Andy Keogh of the Perth Glory. TONY MCDONOUGH

Keogh scores cracker as Phoenix and Glory share spoils

THE run, the pass, the touch and the finish. All of them perfect.

Andy Keogh's sensational strike in a six-goal thriller between Wellington Phoenix and Perth Glory has been hailed as world class, and rightly so.

Not too many strikers in the A-League, let alone the world, would have been able to pull of the technique as perfectly as the Perth marksman, who brought up his 11th goal of the season in cracking fashion.

"This was absolutely outstanding," exclaimed Fox Sports' Mark Bosnich. "You'd go a long way anywhere around the world to get a better goal than that, technically and a more difficult one.

That Keogh goal was just one of six, with Wellington leading through Gui Finkler, Roy Krishna and Kosta Barbarouses before Glory pegged them back thanks to Keogh, Adam Taggart and Diego Castro.

Finkler returned to the Phoenix side after being in Brazil for the birth of his child, and reminded fans of his quality with an early goal. After quick link-up play from Barbarouses and Krishna, the ball found its way to Finkler who drilled the ball with his right foot.

Krishna then got on the scoresheet himself, and how, hitting a belter in from the edge of the 18-yard box to make it 2-0 inside 30 minutes.

But Perth pulled one back before the break, thanks to the brilliance of Keogh who brought down a Dino Djulbic long pass with his chest before placing a left foot shot into the far side netting.

Just two minutes after the restart, Barbarouses restored Wellington's two-goal lead, with a top-class curling finish with his left foot which left keeper Liam Reddy rooted to the spot.

Then, with the game in its final quarter, Adam Taggart grabbed his 11th of the season to give Glory a sniff in the closing stages.

Getting on the end of a pin point Joel Chianese cross from the right, Taggart's initial header towards the bottom corner was well saved from Glen Moss, who was unfortunate to parry the ball back into the direction of Taggart who scrambled it in.

And with time running out and Perth in need of some brilliance, marquee man Diego Castro delivered with an audacious free kick.

From wide on the right, it looked for all money Castro would whip a ball into the box. That's what Moss expected, but Castro instead disguised his shot perfectly to catch everyone out and hit the back of the net.

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