I flew out of the country on the 28th December which explains the lack of a post in the past week or so..I haven’t managed to see any of the games apart from the second half of the Sydney v. Newcastle match yesterday…so here’s just a rund-down of recent games.
Boxing Day Games:
Central Coast v. Adelaide United – (2-0)
The Mariners grabbed the win thanks to two second half goals, the first from Matt Simon, while the second was an own goal from Sergio van Dijk
Brisbane Roar v. Gold Coast United – (2-2)
Brisbane continued their unbeaten run after coming from behind twice against the Gold Coast. Kosta Barbarousses had cancelled out Dino Djulbic’s effort in the first half, before Robson put the Gold Coast ahead again in the 55th minute. Jean Carlos Solorzano brought Brisbane level however, and the Queensland side could have won had it not been for the inspired keeping of Glen Moss.
Day After Boxing Day Games:
Melbourne Victory v. Newcastle Jets – (2-1)
I watched this game, and it was a hard one to take. I thought we were by far the better side and despite dominating the first half we were behind at half-time to a Hernandez long range effort. Wheelhouse (I think) and Wehrman had allowed the Costa Rican to turn way to easily near halfway and then the little man’s outrageous shot should really have been kept out by Ben Kennedy.
We started the second half brightly and were back in the game after Zadkovich had pulled one back and we looked the more likely side to score a winner.
However substitute Ricardinho poked hom the winner in injury time to leave the side with an up-road battle to make the finals.
North Queensland v. Wellington Phoenix – (1-1)
The Fury and Wellington both missed the chance to secure a vital victory, with Chris Payne’s first half effort beign cancelled out by a Dylan Macallister effort in the 74th minute, with both sides sharing the spoils.
Later on the Wednesday:
Adelaide United v. Sydney FC – (2-0)
Adelaide got back to winning ways against a struggling Sydney outfit, who just couldn’t find the back of the net. A Sergio van Dijk effort in the first half was followed by a Hayden Foxe own goal in the second as the Reds moved back into 2nd place.