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Heart sinks to 3-0 loss with Glory

Date

Perth Glory 3 Melbourne Heart 0

Jacob Burns (left) shakes hands with Harry Kewell before the match.

Jacob Burns (left) shakes hands with Harry Kewell before the match. Photo: Getty Images

Melbourne Heart's winless run extended to a record-equalling 19th game after the A-League strugglers slumped to a 3-0 loss to Perth Glory in Friday night's clash at nib Stadium.

The Heart created a series of golden chances but couldn't put the finishing touch on their work, with a second-half brace to substitute striker Shane Smeltz putting the visitors to the sword.

Smeltz, in his first game back from an ankle injury, scored in the 86th and 89th minute after Heart striker Dylan Macallister was sent off in the 81st.

Adrian Zahra recieves medical treatment.

Adrian Zahra recieves medical treatment. Photo: Getty Images

Time
90.00
Team
PRG
Score
3
Team
HRT
Score
0
Perth Glory FC versus Melbourne Heart FC
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Players Zahra (64min) , Smeltz (86min, 89min) Goals

Adrian Zahra also scored for the Glory, whose second win on the trot moved them to fifth on the table, one point behind the third-placed Victory.

Heart's winless run matches the A-League record set by the now-defunct New Zealand Knights between 2005-06.

Should they fail to beat Newcastle at AAMI Park next Friday, the Heart will take sole ownership of the unwanted record.

Smeltz had missed the previous five games due to an ankle injury, but the New Zealand international made up for lost time following his 74th-minute introduction.

Former Heart midfielder Zahra gave Perth the edge in the 64th minute when he skipped past two defenders before unleashing a curling strike from the edge of the box.

But it was Smeltz who delivered the killer blow, making the most of a one-on-one chance against Heart goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne for his first, before pouncing on a poor Redmayne clearance for his second goal.

Macallister, on the return from a hamstring injury, replaced Harry Kewell in the 70th minute.

But tackles on Sidnei and Jack Clisby within the space of 11 minutes resulted in his marching orders.

Heart captain Harry Kewell suffered a brain fade in the 43rd minute when he stuck up his hand to block a throw from Glory goalkeeper Vukovic.

Kewell earned a yellow card for that incident, with the 9,045 crowd booing the former Socceroo.

The veteran was lucky not to be red carded after attempting to re-enter the field in the 58th minute before he had been given permission by the fourth official.

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  • Shane Smeltz, two touches two goals. Michael Mifsud, ....... HeartFC club run into the ground by marketing based decision to appoint JA rather then taking a football based decision and appointing Milicic. OUT with current owners, OUT with the wheelie bins, OUT with most of the players, move OUT from laTrobe (ass end of the world) and find location closer to city to better connect as Heart of Melbourne. So much to do, so little time. Season over.

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    January 11, 2014, 7:45AM

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