Adelaide v. Perth – (2-0)
Perth lost yet another game, this time to an Adelaide side who were intent on proving their title credentials after the 4-0 loss to Brisbane. Both sides went close before halftime, Sekulovski seeing a long-range effort saved by Galekovic and then Paul Reid for Adelaide saw a fierce drive deflected for a corner.
Fowler had a brilliant effort saved equally brilliantly from Galekovic, before Sekulovski got his second yellow for handball. Iain Fyfe converted home from the free kick. Travis Dodd missed an absolute sitter late on, however Perth never looked like scoring. Then deep into injury time Ramsay crossed a beautiful ball for Sergio van Dijk to head home, leaving Perth in the shit.
North Queensland v. Melbourne Heart – (2-3)
Heart came back from a goal down to beat the Fury at home, though in controversial circumstances. Daal had opened the scoring for the Fury as early as the 12th minute, though he can’t have known too much about it. A Nikas free kick smashed into his head and deflected into the net, leaving Clint Bolton no hope.
The second half saw a 14 minute whitewash from the Heart, to see them take a 2-goal lead. Youngster Babalj scored the equaliser after nice build-up play from the Heart, with Fury protesting over a possible offside. Soon after Sibon took down a long ball and scored a nice individual effort, which gave Heart the lead, though there was a hint of handball from the big Serb.
The killer blow arrived 10 minutes later in the 64th minute as the Fury defence switched off to allow Srhoj through on goal, drawing the keeper and squaring for Adrian Zahra to finish.
A tense finish was ensured when Colosimo took out Daal in the box, Ufuk Talay converting the penalty, yet the Fury couldn’t find an equaliser and the Heart grabbed a precious three points.
In light of the refereeing decision in the Jets v. Sydney games, as well as the mistakes in this fixture and throughout the A-League since its inception…Do not worry my Referee Rant Post is coming to your screens soon.