PERTH Glory has suffered a heavy defeat against Melbourne Victory for the first time in nine A-League matches after falling 4-1 at AAMI Park tonight.
As such Victory all but consolidated second spot on the A-League ladder, while the race for third spot continues with Glory, Brisbane and Melbourne City all in the mix to claim the coveted spot with four games to go.
Diego Castro gave Glory an early lead, slamming home from an acute angle past Lawrence Thomas, after the Victory keeper parried away Adam Taggart’s headed effort.
However, it would be Melbourne Victory who would turn the game around.
Berisha scored a glancing header from a free kick, before Ben Khalfallah gave the Victorians the lead 19 minutes later with a header of his own.
The second half saw Marco Rojas curl a shot past Glory custodian Liam Reddy to make it three before capping the home side’s performance off with a curling strike from 25 yards out.
Glory’s run home includes league leaders Sydney FC at Perth Oval in a fortnight, who will be vying for the Premiers Plate.
Glory then concludes its regular season campaign with games against Adelaide United away and then hosts Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City in what will more than likely shape the top four ahead of the finals.
Melbourne Victory 4 (Berisha 23, Khalfallah 42, Rojas 48, Troisi 75)
Perth Glory 1 (Castro 5)