In a somewhat rareity for modern A-League clubs, Melbourne City took to the field with an almost-entirely local based team, experienced centreback Bart Schenkeveld the only foreigner in the entire squad.
There were a plethora of youngsters as well, and this eagerness almost paid off as City dominated large periods of the opening half. This bravado failed to capitalise, but Glory’s hottest prospect this season – Chris Ikonomidis – made no mistake on the edge of halftime.
“Very, very, very, very pleasing,” Ikonomidis said. “Our football brought us the result. It was really physical, I copped eight or nine fouls myself.
“But that’s football.”
It was then a immensely professional performance from Tony Popovic’s side, as they shut out City and the eventual frustration resulted in Curtis Good picking up a second yellow on the 80th minute, killing the contest despite the tight scoreline.
“It’s probably a dumb challenge, but a yellow card? I don’t think so,” Jamieson said. “It was or it wasn’t, we move on.
“We came here and made Glory look a bit ordinary, we did really well and should be really proud of ourselves.
“I think a point was at least what we deserved.”
The win moves Perth back into top spot, two points ahead of a rampaging Melbourne Victory outfit.
On the other side of the country, Warren Joyce will once again come under pressure for his exclusion of Bruno Fornaroli, City’s distinct lack of firepower was a clear weakness as they pressed in the second period.