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In a match that was rescheduled due to heat Melbourne Heart continued their recovery as the defeated Perth Glory 2-1 at Albany on Sunday afternoon.

It was the first time Melbourne Heart had played a match outside of their state, making them the second club, after the Central Coast Mariners, to play a home match interstate.

The match was originally scheduled for 3pm, but with the oppressive heat on the Murray Football Federation Australia moved the kick-off back two hours, after facing much criticism all week about the timing of the match.

Despite the change of kick-off time, the match still started in searing heat, which lead to a slow opening, with both sides struggling to hold possession with a slow pace.

In the 24th minute Danny Vukovic was forced in to a solid save as Iain Ramsay hit a powerful shot that Vukovic was able to parry over the bar.

The corner was poorly worked by Heart as Jonatan Germano was found but he couldn’t get any power on it, poking it softly right at Vukovic.

As the half was coming to a close Melbourne Heart had some golden opportunities but they struggled with them sending them right at Vukovic.

Perth’s only opportunity came in stoppage time as they had a penalty shout after Chris Harold was brought down by Robbie Wielaert but the referee disagreed, ending the half scoreless.

It didn’t take long in the second half for Melbourne Heart to finally get their goal as Ramsay sent in a corner that Patrick Kisnorbo was able to get on to and head home.

With Perth containing several imports, completely new to the A-League in the January transfer window, resulting in a number of early substitutions for the West Australians.

With all the changes the match turned and in the 73rd minute Perth found themselves back on level terms when Shane Smeltz’s header was cleared off the line but only for Michael Thwaite who returned the ball.

That allowed Steven McGarry to make up for his error on being out jumped for the Heart goal as he buried the chance to make it 1-1.

That parity did not last long as in the 82nd minute Heart had the lead back when Ben Garuccio, on as a substitute played David Williams, also a substitute, through, sending his first shot right at Vukovic but he recovered quickly and headed home the rebound to win the match for Heart.

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