A highly contentious injury time penalty earned Mandurah City all three points in their top of the table clash with Ashfield at Hyundai Stadium.
Roared on by a big crowd City came from a goal down to record their seventh straight league win when a long ball from midfielder Jordan Rhodes as time expired hit the arm of Ashfield defender Matt Brooks.
It took an age for the referee to point to there spot before Rhodes stepped up to slot home the winner.
“We’ll take that any day, given last season we were so often on the wrong end of a result in similar fashion,” a delighted president Peter Rowe said.
Ashfield took a 1-0 lead midway through the first half and controlled much of the game.
coach Doug Hesketh restructured his side at the break, changing the formation and city were back in contention.
Rhodes had a fantastic opportunity to equalise but shot over the bar as City peppered the Ashfield goal.
Rhodes redeemed himself with 30 minutes left, sending a telling pass that split the visitors defence allowing Johnny Brookes to race and fire home.
Hesketh changed his formation again, adding young striker Joe O’Brien up front as City went in search of the points.
Irish forward Ged Burke was then sent on and Ashfield had to endure a torrid time as the Black and Whites went hunting for the victory.
Then came that moment that so often can go unnoticed – a penalty shout – and a the resulting spot kick.
The 300-plus crowd roared with delight and City had gone two points clear at the top.
“A massive win and all credit to Ashfield a who are a very good side,” Rowe said.
City now have next weekend off before heading north to face Joondalup in another six pointer in two weeks.