A-League Round-Up

The Central Coast saw off Melbourne Victory with an impressive 2-0 victory. The scum went ahead through Griffiths from a set piece, despite Melbourne dominating possession. The Victory stuggled to make any meaningful chances despite their control of the ball and then some uncharacteristic poor defending from Kevin Muscat allowed McBreen to double the lead in the 50th minute with a near post header. New Melbourne import Ricardinho came on for his debut but couldn’t make an impact. Melbourne will hope he can adapt to the side quickly.

Melbourne Heart finally got their first win of the season, by beating North Queensland Fury 1-0. Kalmar got the goal in the 11th minute, while Clint Bolton produced some fine saves to deny the Fury. Sseppuya was also guilty of a shocking miss early on in the match, while Cernak also managed to miss an open goal. A crowd of only 4,000 was diappointing but hopefully this win propels the newest A-League side to the right end of the table.

Sydney FC lost 3-1 at home to Adelaide United as their poor start to the season continued. The home side looked devoid of ideas and resorted to long balls for most of the match, Nicky Carle the only attacking threat on his game. Van Dijk opened the scoring with a free kick, Nicky Carle seemingly ducking under the ball to allow it through the wall. Leckie continued his fine form to double the lead, moments after Mark Bridge had missed an open header. Adelaide killed the match in the 53rd minute, with another from van Dijk. Sydney responded by bringing on new recruit Cazarine and grabbed a goal back through Keller almost immediately. However they couldn’t muster any more goals and Adelaide finished comfortable winners and sitting pretty at the top of the table.

Newcastle couldn’t manage to put a horrid week behind them as they were held to a scoreless draw against the Brisbane Roar. The game was pretty much a non-event with both teams failing to find rhythm and create decent goal scoring opportunities. Ruben Zadkovich was sent off late in the game for the Jets after picking up two yellows for a couple of reckless challenges. Reinaldo made his return for the Roar and was unlucky not to get a goal, seeing his header come back off the crossbar. Zhang Shuo made his debut from the bench but couldn’t help the Jets, while Abbas also came on as a sub and almost scored late on. Overall a poor game, and with only 7000 fans turning up on Father’s Day, the spectacle did little to encourage bigger crowds in the future.

Perth Glory and the Wellington Phoenix played out the last match of the weekend, with Perth coming out 2-1 winners. Their formidable strike partnership of Sterjovski and Fowler were both on the score sheet as Perth controlled the majority of the game. The first goal saw a piece of brilliance from Robbie Fowler with a beautiful ball sending Howarth in on goal before he crossed for Sterjovski to tap in. Fowler missed a sitter, with his right foot mind, and Ifill had his shot cleared off the line in one of Wellington’s only meaningful attack. The second goal for Perth came in the 60th minute, Sterjovski turning provider with a neat cross for Fowler to head into the goal. Wellington got a goal back from a corner after poor Perth defence to set up a nervy finish. But Perth held out to go equal top of the table.

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