A-League Round 8 Review

Wellington beat the Fury 2-1, thanks to goals in the first 13 minutes from Greenacre and Bertos, the first being a gift as keeper Pastfield fluffed a kick.
Vince Lia was sent off for two yellow cards on his return to the first team, making for a tense finish.
Mark Hughes’s free kick took a wicked deflection to make the score 2-1, however the Phoenix held on for the win.
The Phoenix were without start striker Paul Ifill yet still managed to find the goals for victory, equalling an Australian record of 23 games unbeaten at home, previously set by Sydney United from the NSL days.

Adelaide went 6 points clear at the top of the table as a Sergio van Dijk brace gave them a 2-0 win over hapless Perth Glory.
Perth have now lost 3 games on the trot as their promising start to season hit a huge standstill.
Chris Payne was sent off for Perth only moments after van Dijk had scored his two goals in as many minutes, not helping the Glory’s cause as they slipped to sixth.
Van Dijk’s first was the goal of the season so far, such a class header.

The Roar finally found the goals that their attacking style of play deserves, hitting the Melbourne Heart for four (4-0).
Heffernan was sent off for the Heart, but not before Barbarouses, Paartalu and Reinaldo had put the Roar 3 goals ahead.
Some fine saves from Bolton and wasteful finishing from the Roar kept the score reasonably respectable, with Heart showing a complete lack of desire.

The Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory played a 0-0 draw, in what was a decent result for the Jets considering their injury troubles and the fact it was their 3rd game in 8 days.
Without Bridges, who will be out of a action for around 6 weeks, the Jets continued to struggle for goals.
Shuo was again disappointing, yet he is still getting acclimatised to the way Branko’s team play.
The selection of Brodie Mooy for the second game running perplexed myself, why they didn’t play Elrich is a mystery.
Haliti from the past two games also looks like he is best used as an impact player, while his workrate and performances in the past two games have been impressive, he seems more dangerous when at full pace against a tired defence.
Melbourne meanwhile, are still searching for goals, as Hernandez continues to struggle to find the form of last season.
An impressive crowd of 8,500 was encouraging for the Jets too.

Sydney and the Gold Coast shared the points in a 1-1 draw as the Sky Blues continue the search for a first win.
The performance was encouraging from Sydney, especially the return of Brosque to the starting eleven.
The organised Gold Coast outfit were always going to be hard to breakdown, yet Sydney were guilty of missing a few opportunities, and should have punished their opponents after John Curtis was sent off after only a minute of the field.

So that is the A-League, the Toon lost so I can’t be bothered with the Premier League, maybe tomorrow. There were a few upsets though so I’ll definitely get into that soon.


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I'm 22 years old, love football, want to be a football journalist
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