Adelaide United v. Gold Coast United – (2-1)
Adelaide ended the Gold Coasts run of four consecutive wins at home on Friday as well as recording their first ever win against them.
Adelaide opened the scoring on 10 minutes when Flores turned his marker on the edge of the box and chipped the ball into the path of Paul Reid, who smashed a volley into the net. A fucking brilliant goal. Pure class.
Bruce Djite lined up against his former club, his first appearance in four games and he hit the post soon after as the Gold Coast looked to get back into the tie. That was all the Gold Coast could really create though with the Reds giving Culina and his teammates little room to move.
Adelaide had numerous chances to double their lead however just before the break, Bas van den Brink scored a wonder goal past Galekovic from more than 30 yards out to level the scores.
The winner came within 90 seconds of the restart, captain Travis Dodd heading home from close range after a great Iain Ramsay cross and he could have had a second after making a lung-bursting run, but saw his shot saved well by Scott Higgins.
The Reds ended the match with only 10 men, James Brown collecting his second yellow card in the 61st minute.
Wellington Phoenix v. Melbourne Victory – (2-2)
Paul Ifill continued where he left off on Wednesday scoring an 84th minute equaliser with his 3rd goal in two games.
Tim Brown had opened the scoring for the Phoenix in the 17th minute with a classy half-volley after earlier missing an easier opportunity, before Archie Thompson and Robbie Kruse staged a fightback for Melbourne.
Thompson scored his 50th A-League goal 2 minutes after Brown’s opener with a cool finish that has been missed in the A-League this season.
And just before the break the Victory took the lead with lovely build-up play ending with Celeski squaring a ball for Kruse to tap-in. Probably this best stuff we’ve seen from the Victory this season.
Melbourne looked comfortable in the second half yet were deservedly punished for attempting to sit on their lead and defend, though Kruse should have finished a chance late in the game.
Ifill was the man to deliver the blow, embarrassing Vargas with some brilliant footwork before driving a low shot past Petkovic. Absolute class from a fantastic player.
So both sides left the field ruing missed chances, though in fairness this was probably a fair result.
On a side note and 18-year-old James Musa was handed his debut as Ben Sigmund was suspended, and did reasonably well before being substituted 15 minutes from time.
Melbourne Heart v. Sydney FC – (0-0)
Sydney and Heart shared the spoils in the first match between the two sides.
Both sides had goals ruled out for offside through John Aloisi and Mark Bridge, with the latter’s coming from a very late call from the linesman.
Simon Colosimo made his return to the Heart line-up, with Matt Thompson suspended and he had a great game, making a superb goal-line clearance early in the match.
Stuart Musialik also made a great sliding challenge on John Aloisi to deny the striker a goal in the 72nd minute.
Although the Heart should have got all three points with 17 shots in the match, they will be happy with a draw which ends a run of three consecutive win.
Sydney will also be fairly pleased as they are now 4 games unbeaten, yet will be bitter about the red card shown to Byun Sung-Hwan when he seemed to get the ball in a challenge late in the game.
central coast v. Brisbane Roar – (1-5)
Solorzano scored two goals as he was elevated to the starting line-up against the mariners and helped his side break the record for consecutive matches without loss.
The Costa Rican striker grabbed his first on 8 minutes after Mitch Nichols had crashed his shot into keeper Matt Ryan, tapping home the scraps.
Two minutes later and he had his second, taking advantage of some brilliant play by Thomas Broich who layed the ball off for Solorzano to blast home from 20 yards.
And the Roar were soon 3-0 up on the 25th minute, Mitch Nichols playing a one-two with Kosta Barbarousses before calmly finishing past Ryan.
Daniel McBreen and Adam Kwasnik were brought on for the second half, with the latter pulling a goal back on 50 minutes despite the offside Bozanic impeding Theoklitos’ view, yet the Roar were too good and couldn’t be held back.
Broich had a claim for a penalty, while Barbarousses had a great shot saved by Matt Ryan and then skewed a shot wide after great build-up play from Broich.
Minutes later and Reinaldo, who had come on for Solorzano, headed wide from a brilliant Broich free kick.
McBreen was then denied a simple tap in by the offside flag, which was raised for Kwasnik when he was actually level with the ball and from then on the home side created little.
In the 87th minute Broich ran away from Sainsbury, and though his shot was saved by Matt Ryan, Reinaldo was on hand to slide in and take the scoreline to 4-1.
A minute later and the magical fifth was added, captain Alex Wilkinson attempting to clear a cross from Barbarousses (who was amazing the whole game) and only succeeding in putting the ball in his own net. Reinaldo was ready to pounce had the captain not intervened however.
So surely it could not have got any worse for the mariners, yet there was still time for McBreen to be sent of for his second yellow card in injury time in what was a poor performance from the central coast. While Brisbane keep going from strength to strength this season.
North Queensland v. Perth Glory – (1-1)
Perth were denied two penalty and had Naum Sekulovski and Brent Griffiths sent off, both for second yellow cards.
Robbie Fowler had opened the scoring with a clever header in the 23rd minute, after seeing an earlier free kick hit the crossbar. Fowler should have also earned his side a penalty earlier in the match, however referee Kris Griffiths-Jones waved play on.
The Fury had their own chances in the first half, Gareth Edds guilty of missing an open goal when he hit the post, while also seeing a shot cleared by debutant Joshua Risdon.
Just after halftime and Fowler had been brought down again, by the same player Mark Hughes, yet once again Griffiths-Jones refused to blow the whistle for a spot kick.
North Queensland then piled on the pressure and had multiple chances to take all three points, however their finishing and decision making at times were poor.
Their job was made easier by the dismissals of Naum Sekulovski in the 50th minute and then Brent Griffiths got his marching orders in the 65th minute and the equaliser finally arrived in the 80 minute, with a Mark Hughes header breaking the Glory’s resistance.
Despite losing the lead, Perth will feel happy with the drew, especially considering the loss of two players and playing the last 25 minutes with 9 men.