Mark Milligan and James Troisi returned from Socceroos duty and played pivotal roles in Melbourne’s win, while Perth continue to rotate their injury-struck squad, awarding a debut to 16-year-old, Jacob Italiano – the fourth youngest debutant in A-League history.

Despite some heroic defending from Perth’s Shane Lowry, Victory’s persistence paid off. Berisha and Victory will now hope to build on this performance, following a frustrating start to the season.

Perth Glory

Liam Reddy - 6.5

Showed bravery to come out head first and claim a loose ball that was scuffed byΒ  Troisi. Was rooted to the spot when Berisha’s glancing header bounced off the post and straight into his welcoming arms. The shot-stopper also pulled off a great save to deny a Rhys Williams header in the first half.

Jeremy Walker - 4.5

A night to forget for the right back, after having to deal with the slippery threat of George. The 24-year-old was later caught the wrong side of Berisha for the opening goal.

Alex Grant - 5

A fairly poor performance from the defender. He would have been bitterly disappointed not to have cleared the initial threat, before Victory claimed their second goal of the game.

Shane Lowry - 8

Without him, Glory could have conceded five. Lowry put his body on the line to block multiple Victory shots and the defeat does not reflect his individual performance.

Joseph Mills - 7

Took his fair share of bumps and bruises from the visitors, but never turned away from a tackle. The Englishman’s quick bursts of pace often got the better of Jason Geria in Victory’s defence.

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