A-League Week 18 Round-Up

Adelaide United v. North Queensland Fury2-0

Adelaide saw off a ragged North Queensland in the Friday night fixture.
Import of the season, Flores, grabbed the first after Paul Reid had pulled the ball back into the box for him to finish with ease.
The Argentine then opened up his box of tricks and put a cross onto Segio van Dijk’s head, who expertly steered the ball home.
Already two goals to the good within the opening 20 minutes and it is a surprise the Reds didn’t add any more to the scoreline.
The Reds had a header cleared off the line, while Flores once again delivered a cross on a platter inside the box, however Travis Dodd just couldn’t get a touch on it.

Melbourne Heart v. Melbourne Victory1-3

The Victory extracted revenge on their city rivals, beating the Melbourne Heart 3-1 in front of 23,000 people.
Robbie Kruse linked up with Archie Thompson and Hernandez to tap home the first at the near post in the 12th minute.
Only 5 minutes later though, and the scores were level, Serbian Gerard Sibon scoring a brilliant curling free kick that Hernandez would have been proud of.
Poor control in defence from Matt Thompson then saw Robbie Kruse through on goal and he let fly with a first time finish for his second of the game.
Hernandez saw a long range effort tipped over by Clint Bolton as the first half drew to a close.
Melbourne pushed for a third in the second half and Archie Thompson was once again the provider, sending in a ball along the penalty area which Adrian Leijer turned home via a deflection off Wayne Srhoj.
The Heart had a few half chances from outside the area which rattled the crossbar but in truth it was a deserved victory for the blue half of Melbourne, who are proving that they are still a threat for a finals spot.

Gold Coast United v. Wellington Phoenix2-0

In a wet, wet night at Skilled Park, which was an absolute mess of a pitch, Gold Coast continued their bid to capture the top two with a comfortable win over the travel-prone Phoenix.
Bas van den Brink grabbed the opener in almost a carbon copy of his goal last weekend. Culina swung in a perfect delivery from the corner and the Dutchman registered a fine header though in truth the Wellington defence had gone AWOL.
In a physical encounter, chances were few and far between and the Gold Coast went 2-0 up with one of the scrappiest goals of the season. James Brown eventually putting the viewers out of their misery and tapping the ball home.
Culina went close with a nice bit of individual skill in the box, while Paul Ifill should have pulled one back but couldn’t finish when through one-on-one with the Glen Moss.
A poor performance from the Phoenix as Gold Coast kept the pressure on the top two.

Sydney FC v. Brisbane Roar0-1

Sydney’s chances of making the finals were delivered a potentially lethal blow as they lost at home to the Roar for the first time in the history of the A-League.
The scoreline could have been worse for the Sky Blues, had it not been for Necevski, who made a string of saves throughout the contest.
The first half was all Brisbane and they finally got the breakthrough when Kosta Barbarousses finished from a very tight angle after Jean Carlos Solorzano had chipped a deft through ball into his path.
Brosque came back for Sydney at the start of the second half and he created a few problems for the Roar defence, setting up fellow substitute Petratos, who saw his fierce drive saved by Theoklitos.
The Roar were still comfortable and had the better chances, substitute Visconte having two good opportunities which Necevski kept out.

Perth Glory v. Central Coast Mariners1-1

Perth were denied their long-awaited first win in number games, conceding a late equaliser at home to Central Coast.
They had opened the scoring when Josh Mitchell flicked in a Fowler cross via a deflection as early as the 4th minute.
Central Coast missed a great opportunity when Simon went one-on-one with Velaphi, only to screw his shot horribly wide.
Fowler should have put the Glory 2-0 up with header from only 5 yards out in the second period, but God’s instincts deserted him and the miss would be costly. The former Liverpool striker missed a few other opportunities in a poor performance.
It was Michael Baird’s turn to miss a good opportunity, when Fowler’s trickery put him through on goal but the striker couldn’t finish.
Those misses were made to pay when the Mariners scored a late leveller in the 86th minute under controversial circumstances.
Perth’s Risdon headed a cross into Zwaanswijk path when he appeared to be pushed in the back by Daniel McBreen. However play wasn’t stopped and the Mariners defender gleefully headed a simple chance into the net.
A devastating result for the Glory who really should have taken all three points.

Newcastle play host to Gold Coast United on Wednesday night and Sydney FC will look to take points off North Queensland Fury.

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