Gold Coast v. Sydney – (3-1)
The Gold Coast are now undefeated in 10 games, and are proving their doubters wrong after a dominant display against Sydney. Porter scored his first of the season in the 15th minute, with poor defence allowing him to latch onto a cross and then Necevski failed to make a routine save. Culina added the second with a long-range effort before halftime.
Porter’s second was a beautiful solo goal after the break, which could be a contender for goal of the season. Sydney managed to grab one back when Bruno Cazarine tapped in after Moriyasu’s shot came back of the post, and then Thwaite almost gave them a lifeline, heading a corner into his own crossbar. Yet the Gold Coast held on and ended with a comfortable victory which cemented their position in 3rd place.
Wellington v. central coast – (0-3)
Wellington lost their second consecutive match at home as they failed to turn chances into goals. McGlinchey missed an early opportunity for the mariners but Josh Rose made amends for his teammate, scoring a lovely long-range effort in the 17th minute. Durante should have put Wellington level with a free header, while Mustapha Amini missed an even easier chance for the mariners just before the break.
Simon Elliot produced a magnificent save from the mariners’ crossbar, as did Chris Greenacre, as the central coast turned up the ante. Rose then put Wellington to the sword, launching down the left wing in a one man counter attack, cutting inside and finishing with a smart shot past Paston.
Kwasnik grabbed the third in the 86th minute, in what was another impressive display from the scum.
Jets v. Adelaide – (3-1)
Wow. Wish I’d gone to this instead of my Uni ball, I was little too messy. Bloody hell, Marko Jesic? After I’d called for his omission? Brilliant. Big Topor-Stanley grabbed his first ever A-League goal to open the scoring, heading in a Wehrman corner in the 4th minute. He then turned provider, chesting down a long ball for Jesic in the box, who expertly steered the ball home. It’s about time he found his finishing touch, there was a doubt for me that he would ever showcase his undoubted skill due to three knee reconstructions but hopefully this is the start to a bright career. If his first was good, his second was better, sidefooting home the Jets’ third in the 52nd minute after a classy through ball from debutant Frannie Jeffers. Earlier Abbas had missed a free header, and the Jets apparently played Adelaide off the park. Iain Fyfe got a consolation goal when BK came out to gather a free kick and was beaten to the ball, yet it didn’t take anything away from a great performance. The Jets leaped over Sydney and North Queensland in the table and lie only 6 points off Melbourne Victory in 6th.
Perth v. Melbourne Victory – (3-1)
Robbie Fowler scored a hattrick as Perth finally registered a win after a dismal run of form. It stopped their dramatic free fall down the table, after a 10-game stretch without a win. The former England International scored the first in the 18th minute. He had seen his spot kick saved by Petkovic, which was rewarded controversially by referee Chris Beath, but converted the follow-up to grab his first goal in 2 months.
Earlier Fowler rally should have finished an inviting chance yet he blasted his shot straight at Petkovic. Marvin Angulo, making only his third start of the season, forced an instinctive from Perth’s Velaphi, while Neville was twice rejected by Petkovic.
The Victory keeper had single-handedly kept his side in the game, however he was beaten again soon after halftime, seeing a 54th minute shot squeeze past him at his near post.
Victory defence then switched off as Pellegrino’s beautiful chip over the defence found an onside Fowler, who duly finished with that famous left foot.
Melbourne grabbed a consolation back through Dugandzic, but they couldn’t take away Perth’s Glory (pretty good hey) and the Western Australian side registered a much needed win.
Melbourne Heart v. Brisbane – (1-2)
Brisbane came from behind to maintain their dominance in the A-League and cement top spot by number of points. Melbourne had played out of their skins in the first half, with Worm and Sibon in particular troubling the Roar defence on a number of occassions. Sibon grabbed the goal in the 25th minute, producing a tidy finish, though Theoklitos should really have saved it. Wormy should have made it 2-0, however his header from a Skoko cross fell agonisingly against the post with Theoklitos stranded.
A completely different Roar side came out in the second half, with Ivan Franjic’s introduction a huge part in that. Another substitute Mitch Nichols, also made an immediate impact, combining with Barbarouses to release the New Zealander to finish for the equaliser.
A fairly contentious penalty was then awarded in the 71st minute, however Franjic’s effort was weak and Bolton saved with his legs.
Still the Roar pushed forward though, and the Heart could hardly get a hold of the ball, and the winner finally arrived in the 88th minute. A beautifully worked move seeing Franjic’s shot rebound off the post, with Solorzano on hand to tap home. What a game, and what a game of two halves as well. Brilliant football and this type of match shows how far the A-League as come since its inception five years ago.
Still two midweek games for this Round, with Newcastle playing the Roar on Wednesday and the Victory hosting central coast on Thursday