Adelaide v. Wellington – (3-0)
Adelaide scored three well-taken goals in the second half to continue their dominance of the A-League. Wellington had the better of the Reds in the first half, with Galekovic making some decent saves, while Paston was called into action from a Flores effort. However 3 goals in 7 minutes sealed it for the Reds, with Sergio van Dijk heading in the first from a wonderful Pantelis cross and Flores grabbing the second with a deft chip over Paston. Travis Dodd, who had come on as a substitute, then added the third to complete a wonderful spell of attacking football. The return of Flores definitely helped Adelaide, while Leckie, who missed out on injury, was not needed for the league leaders to go 6 points clear. The next few weeks will be a real test though, with 4 of their 5 games coming away from home. Celebrations were also dampened by the injury to skipper Travis Dodd, who has a problem with his achilles.
Heart v. Gold Coast – (0-0)
The Gold Coast were lucky to extend their unbeaten run to seven games as the Heart dominated proceedings in this match. Without Terra, Sibon and Aloisi, as well as having captain Colosimo demoted to the bench, the Heart continued to play exciting football, with Skoko and Worm going close with long range efforts in the first half. Young striker Eli Babalj had the best chance to open the scoring, however, Glenn Moss was equal to the shot, that save one of many during the match. Worm had another chance but managed to put a free header over the crossbar and the Gold Coast can breathe a sigh of relief having escaped with a point in a game where they only managed one shot on goal and 43% of possession.
Brisbane v. Melbourne – (2-1)
The Roar put pressure on Adelaide at the top of the table, moving within three points of the league leaders. The opener came from a Broich cross, which was flicked on by Paartalu to the back post, where Mitch Nichols was on hand to tap in. Reinaldo had a few chances but Petkovich was equal to them. The lead didn’t last long, as just after the break Robbie Kruse smashed home a fine individual effort against his old club. Franjic should have put the Roar ahead but mistimed a volley from in front of goals, while Kruse blasted another good opportunity straight at Theoklitos. While Melbourne were dominating the match at this point, Luke De Vere took the ball from halfway and made a lung-bursting drive into the box. He was tackled at the last minute, but the loose ball fell to Solorzano to smash home his first goal for the club, and what proved to be the eventual winner.
Perth v. Sydney – (0-3)
Sydney finally got their first win of the season with a promising display against the out of form Perth Glory. Lavicka rang the changes, dropping keeper Liam Reddy for youngster Necevski taking his chance without having to do too much. Bridge was also dropped to the bench, while Stuart Musialik didn’t even make the squad. It was Sydney’s first clean sheet of the season and a result that should see them return to the form which made them A-League champions last season. A brace from Cazarine sandwiched an Alex Broqsue strike, as Sydney’s attacking players finally started to click. The first came when Cazarine rose highest to head home a Sung-Hwan Bung free kick, while Brosque should have doubled the lead just before the break, however Vrteski blocked his effort. He made amends however in the second half, smashing home a loose ball in the box, and Cazarine added a third late on as the Perth defence tired.
And that’s the weekend wrap, with Newcastle hosting Nth Queensland on Wednesday..
In other A-League new Matthew Leckie has been offered a 3-year contract from German Bundesliga side Borussia Monchenglabach (who are 15th and were beaten 4-1 by Werder Bremen on the weekend).