North Queensland Fury v. Perth Glory – (2-1)
Ian Ferguson lost his first game in charge of Perth, succumbing to a 2-1 defeat against his former club the Fury. The Fury’s first win since week 2 of the A-League coincided with the Glory’s record 5 straight loss. Chris Payne and David Williams scored either side of a Michael Baird strike to secure the 3 points in wet conditions at Dairy Farmer’s Stadium. Fury could have had a few more, with Perth mainly restricted to hopeful efforts outside the box
Melbourne Victory v. Sydney FC – (3-0)
Melbourne made sure Sydney’s shocking start to the season continued, with the Sky Blues now without a victory in 10 games and losing 6 of those. Hernandez was the difference, scoring one and setting up another, as he finally found the form that won games for Victory last year. He set up Vargas for the first, before adding the second with a rare header early in the second half. He had also put a curling free kick just wide and also hit the crossbar after some fancy footwork in the box. Robbie Kruse got the final goal late on, as Pondeljak’s long ball put him through on goal, Pondeljak had also been the provider for Hernandez’s finish. A brilliant performance from the Blue half of Melbourne as they put their worst performance of last week behind them.
Brisbane Roar v. Newcastle United Jets – (1-1)
The Jets gained a valuable away point from the Roar, with a strong defensive display and a slice of good fortune helping them along the way. The Roar had a total of 19 shots to the Jets three, yet couldn’t find the finishing touches in what was a disappointing end to the match. The Jets’ goal came from a Roar player, with Matthew Smith deflecting a Brockie cross into his own net. Brisbane were all over the Jets, their amazing passing game, which is the envy of the A-League, running rings around their opposition. The second half was all Roar, with the Jets defending desperately as they had done against the Gold Coast in their last away game. And although it nearly paid off, history repeated and the Roar got a late 79th minute equaliser through a Reinaldo header. They continued to press for the winner and the Jets should be happy with the point. Ben Kennedy in particular is owed for the result, making a string of fine saves before eventually conceding a goal he should have done better at clearing.
Wellington Phoenix v. Melbourne Heart – (2-2)
Wellington made it a record 24 games unbeaten at home, beating Sydney’s previous record of 23 during the old NSL days. Greenacre opened the scoring as early as the 6th minute after a nice through ball from Muscat. Ifill should have extended the lead soon after but smashed his shot over the bar. That miss followed an Aloisi penalty, after Zahra had been brought down in the box by Muscat. Matt Thompson gave his side a 2-1 lead just before the break, with a fine individual effort. But they couldn’t hold onto the lead, Leo Bertos scoring a curled effort, though Bolton should have kept it out.
Gold Coast United v. Adelaide United – (0-0)
A goalless draw at Skilled Park, with another disappointing crowd. Both sides had the chances to get ahead, though the finishing was pretty poor. Gold Coast will feel aggrieved they weren’t awarded a late penalty, after a blatant handball from Sergio van Dijk in the dying minutes.
And that’s the wrap..
So Adelaide are still well in front at the top of the table with 22 points, while Brisbane, Central Coast, Gold Coast, Melbourne Victory and Wellington make up the top 6. Sick.