Had things panned out differently for Liam Miller, the Cork man could be planning a jaunt to Poland for this summer’s European Championships.
Instead, the much traveled 30 year-old pitched up in Australia last June, where he now plays for Perth Glory.
The former Manchester United midfielder overcame a hamstring injury to play in the A-League Grand Final against Brisbane Roar, but he might now wish that he had not recovered in time as it was he who conceded a penalty seven minutes into injury-time that allowed the Roar seal the narrowest of 2-1 wins.
Glory captain Jacob Burns claimed his team had been robbed and that the incident involving Miller was “never a penalty.” Burns even went as far as declaring that match-winner Besart Berisha admitted as much to him in what was a highly controversial climax to the game.
In winning the game, the Roar became the first club in the A-League’s six year history to successfully defend their title.
Perth looked set to cause a shock having taken the lead through an own goal by Roar defender Ivan Franjic six minutes into the second-half.
From there; Glory withstood incessant pressure from the Roar with Burns and goalkeeper Danny Vukovic standing tallest in the face of an onslaught.
They looked set to hold out for the win until Berisha slammed home a terrific header six minutes from time in front of a crowd of 50,334 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
The game was headed for extra-time until Berisha was ‘fouled’ in the box by Miller. Despite the resultant mass protests from the Glory, the former proceeded to dust himself off and plant the resultant spot-kick into the net with what was the last kick of the game and was immediately followed by pandemonium on both sides.