Perth Glory’s Liam Miller found himself on the wrong end of a contentious penalty decision as Brisbane Roar prevailed in the A-League grand final.
Miller, who was outstanding for the West Australian side, was heartbroken after being adjudged to have brought down Besart Berisha in stoppage time.
Perth were ahead five minutes after returning from the half-time break, after benefitting from an Ivan Franjic own goal.
But Roar’s Berisha equalised with six minutes left and went on to convert the controversial penalty to in the dying minutes.
“I’m devastated. In my opinion, any contact with him wasn’t enough for him to fall over and get a penalty,” Corkman Miller told thewest.com.au after the game.
Earlier, Perth’s talismanic New Zealander Shane Smeltz went off after suffering a broken nose, when he collided with Roar skipper Matthew Smith.
It was the first in a series of events that made for a grand final to remember, if, on occasion, for the wrong reasons.
The Joe Marston Medal was mistakenly awarded to Roar midfielder Thomas Broich, before the FFA admitted an error and gave it to Miller’s midfield partner Jacob Burns.
With the win, Roar become the only side to win back-to-back A-League titles.