Barbarouses scored against his former club in Friday night’s game between Brisbane Roar and Wellington Phoenix. The game was an entertaining one, with both sides having clear chances yet the Roar continued their fine early-season form with a 73rd minute winner from the new Zealand striker. Meanwhile Roar keeper Theoklotis made two brilliant saves in the dying minutes to secure the victory which leaves Brisbane with 2 wins and a draw from 3 games.
Adelaide also continued their fine form with a 3-2 win over North Queensland. Both teams went into the match undefeated, yet Adelaide came out triumphant with the help of an own-goal. North Queensland started well with Cernak scoring a nice header in the 8th minute. The first half finished even however, thanks to a goal from Paul Reid. Adelaide then went 3-1 up in six second half minutes thanks to an own goal from North Queensland debutant Brett Studman and a Daniel Mullen header. The Fury replied in the 87th minute to finish the game 3-2, but it was too late for a comeback.
Sydney FC and Central Coast played out a 1-1 draw amid controversial circumstances. They were robbed of their first win of the season when substitute Patricio Perez was allegedly taken down in the box by Sydney’s keeper Liam Reddy. There appeared little contact, yet Reddy was shown a red card. The Mariners were however, denied a last-minute header for offside, when it seemed to be a legitimate goal. Mariners were forced to field keeper 18-year-old Matthew Ryan after their number one, Jess Vanstrattan suffered a season-ending knee injury midweek. The young debutant fumbled the cross which led to Grant opening the scoring for Sydney in the 47th minute. Perez however, came on in the 60th minute, did his ‘magic’ and scored the penalty to ensure Sydney are still waiting for that elusive first win.
Melbourne Victory gained their first win of the season with a 1-0 score line away to the Gold Coast. Robbie Kruse scored a fine individual goal and the team then dug deep to claim victory. Hernandez in particular had a good game for Melbourne, with his through ball allowing Kruse the platform to finish well from a tight angle. Gold Coast had their chances to get back into the game but couldn’t find the finishing touch. A poor crowd of around 3000 turned up to watch this defeat.
Melbourne Heart were robbed of their first season win against table-toppers Perth as the game finished 2-2. A dodgy 90th minute penalty was converted by Robbie Fowler after Heart had led the game 2-1 since the 37th minute. Sibon had scored a penalty for the Heart, before an own goal from Marrone evened it up. However Kalmar put the Melbourne outfit back in front with a fine effort before half time. Glory player Michael Baird, on his first appearance for the club, clearly took a dive in the box to win the penalty and Melbourne were right to feel aggrieved after almost securing a deserved first win.
So onto the issue of the two clear dives from Patricio Perez and Michael Baird which both resulted in penalties and one in a red card. The A-League tribunal panel have since handed out two-match bans for simulation to both players as well as rescind Sydney keeper Liam Reddy’s red card. Both situations led to penalties which were duly converted, thus securing draws for both the Central Coast and Perth Glory in their games against Sydney FC and Melbourne Heart respectively. The two incidents were disgraceful and the punishments handed out were fully deserved. This is an aspect of the World Game which really needs to be stamped out.
Fox Sports FC prick, Robbie Slater felt that Perez didn’t dive, and is appalled by the decision to ban the man for 2 games. Piss off. He did feel that Michael Baird should have been banned however. His argument was that Liam Reddy’s right hand made contact with Perez’s left foot. The fact that Perez’s right foot magically collapsed at the same time apparently has no significance. In my opinion both were dives and I think the A-League should be applauded for making such a strong decision. Simulation is a dirty part of football and should be eradicated as soon as possible. These decisions will definitely help clean up our game.
So that’s a brief round-up of the A-League, go watch the highlights on Fox Sports News. Mad.