Brilliant. Two wins for my teams and I could not be happier. Both the Jets and the Toon dominated their games and grabbed deserved wins.
So to the A-League first…
I missed the first half of the Jets, let alone actually going to the match, because my genius football team decided to have their preso on the same night. Good stuff. From what I saw, with slightly blurred vision, it was a solid performance from the boys as they ran out 2-0 winners over Perth Glory. They dominated proceedings, creating many chances and they could have gone into the break with a few more goals. Captain Bridges scored an absolute peach, smacking a volley into the top left corner in the 10th minute. Big Topor was unlikely to score from two headers as the Jets looked to extend their lead. Zadkovich hit the bar in the second half after nice build up play, but the game wasn’t sealed until the 90th minute when Haliti scored a brilliant goal, with a nice touch taking him past the last defender before smashing the ball in. A disappointing crowd of 6,900, but a great performance and a much needed win.
Melbourne Victory and Queensland Fury played out a 0-0 draw, with the blue half of Melbourne managing to hold out in their 3rd game in 6 days. The Fury controlled possession but couldn’t find that quality to finish off their opponents. A good result for the Victory which takes them into 4th position.
Adelaide and Brisbane played out an entertaining 1-1 draw, with both sides having plenty of chances to wrap up the points. Adelaide went ahead with a piece of brilliance from the in-form Mathew Leckie. Both sides had earlier hit the post, while Flores had a decent chance for the Reds as they took control of the match. Yet Brisbane equalised before half time, a Broich free kick going straight in from near the sideline. Adelaide really should have taken the points, Sergio van Dijk guilty of the miss of the season late on in the game, yet they’ll be happy going undefeated after 7 games.
The Heart got a great 2-1 win over Wellington yesterday, with John Aloisi scoring his first goal for the club. The first half was a fairly boring affair, but the game opened up in the second. After a nice passage of play Aloisi finished off the move to put Heart ahead, and from then on the Melbourne side dominated. Aloisi was unlucky to miss out on a second, while Danny Vuckovic, making a return to A-League football, made a nice save from Terra. However the Brazilian forward was not to be denied as a defensive mix up gifted him the ball and he smashed in a bomb from the edge of the 18-yard box. The game should have been over, yet poor defence from the Heart allowed Tim Brown to ghost in at the back post to tap home a beautiful cross from Ifill. The Heart held on though for a well deserved win.
The Gold Coast and Central Coast played a scoreless draw in front of the lowest crowd in A-League history. Both sides had chances, but there were no clear cut ones as Gold Coast played some nice football but lacked the quality in the final third. This was a game of central defenders and the scoreline tells the story. Your team is boring Arnold, draws won’t win you the league.
Aaaand that’s a wrap for the A-League, the table at the moment looks like this…
Adelaide = 15
Central Coast = 12
Perth = 11
Victory = 10
Brisbane = 9
Wellington = 8
Heart = 8
Gold Coast = 6
Jets = 6
Queensland = 6
Sydney = 2