Melbourne Victory v. Adelaide – (2-1)
The Victory continued their fine record in the A-League against Adelaide, as the league leaders lost their first game of the season.
Adelaide took the lead as early as the third minute, as Iain Fyfe got on the end of a someone cross. The Reds dominated early proceedings until Robbie Kruse scored an equaliser from outside the box. Gaelekovic will feel he should have kept it out, as it squeezed in his near post.
From then on it was all Melbourne and they doubled their goal tally with Hernandez finishing off a nice move. They could have had a few more but were forced into a nervy finish, with Adelaide springing to life in the last 10.
However, the Victory held on and became the first side to beat Adelaide this season. Pondeljak in particular had a great game for Melbourne, meanwhile Leckie was injured early in the first half, perhaps leading to Adelaide’s downfall and he is awaiting tests to determine the extent of the knee problem.
Sydney v. Brisbane – (1-1)
Brisbane missed yet another opportunity for three points, as their finishing continues to desert them when needed. Several chances were spurned after DeVere had given the Roar the lead before Alex Brosque equalised to send the sides in level at the break.
DeVere’s goal came as early as the 7th minute after poor defending from Sydney at the corner. A minute later Murdocca almost doubled the lead, his fierce shot from outside the box going wide of the post.
Shambolic defending from Brisbane in 10 minuted before halftime then let Alex Brosque through on goal, and he chipped the ball home to take him to equal third in the A-League goalscoring charts.
Brisbane had the better of the second half, though both sides missed close-rnge opportunities through McKay and Cazarine.
The game finished level, with Brisbane still lacking that killer touch in the final third.
Central Coast v. Perth – (5-0)
Wow. Perth suffered their 7th straight loss as the Central Coast handed out a 5-0 thrashing. Rostyn Griffiths opened the scoring before second half goals to Matt Simon, Adam Kwasnik and Matthew Lewis and an own-goal to Naum Sekulovski sealed the mauling.The game also saw young gun Mustapha get a start and the red-afroed midfielder performed admirably. Lewis’ goal was the pick of the bunch, a clinical left-footed finish into the corner of the net, and Ferguson will have to find a way to motivate his troops for the visit of Melbourne Heart on Wednesday
Newcastle v. Melbourne Heart – (0-2)
The Jets put in a completely pathetic display and the return of Bridges and the debut of Jeffers cannot come soon enough. Relying on long balls is not the way the Jets will pull in the fans, especially if they lose at the same time. A team can be forgiven for playing boring football if they win, but really there are no excuses here. It’s a joke. Kalmar scored a freak goal and from then on the Jets hardly looked like getting an equaliser. While they did have opportunities, Branko took far to long to make tactical changes, with the arrival of Patafta too late, while Fiorentini hardly got 5 minutes, though he had a decent volley fly over the bar. Heart played well without impressing, yet fully deserved the points in the end…
Nth Queensland v. Gold Coast – (1-2)
From what I saw of the first half, this was a really entertaining match, or perhaps it was just attractive after watching the Jets v Heart game. Anyway Gold Coast took the lead through Traore, who was starting in place of the injured Djite alongside Porter, and it was a lovely build-up to the goal. However the Fury equalised just before half time, with a Talay cross somehow finding the net off a Hughes flick. The game opened up a bit more in the second half, with both sides having chances, before Djulbic scored the winner for Gold Coast to send the side closer to the top. The Gold Coast are really starting to look the part and they will definitely be in the top-6 by the end of the season in my eyes. They are hard to break down, and with Culina pulling the strings and when Porter and Djite are fit and playing together, they will be tough to go past.
And that’s all the weekend action, Adelaide’s lead at the top has been cut to 2 points, though Brisbane really should have moved level with them after failing to finish off Sydney. The Jets and Sydney are still struggling to find points with both sides equal last on 8 points, 5 away from the top 6.