Central Coast v. Melbourne Victory – (1-2)
Melbourne bounced back from an own goal by defender Adrian Leijer to take home a massive three points from their visit to Blue Tongue Stadium. Two goals in the final 5 minutes of the match from Diogo Ferreira and Grant Brebner secured the win after Adam Kwasnik had been sent off for two yellow card midway through the second half.
Melbourne Heart v. North Queensland – (2-0)
Second half goals from John Aloisi and substitute Gerald Sibon secured the three points for the Melbourne Heart at home to North Queensland, pushing them into a finals spot ahead of Wellington and Newcastle.
Adelaide United v. Brisbane Roar – (0-1)
Brisbane affectively secured the Premiership with a 1-0 victory over fellow title challengers Adelaide away from home. Jean Carlos Solorzano continued his fine goalscoring form with an effort in the second half.
Newcastle Jets v. Sydney FC – (1-2)
I watched the second half of this match, which was proved frustrating. I got the time-difference wrong and woke up in England to a 2-0 halftime score.
With Jeffers injured for his final match at the club, Ryan Griffiths made his debut in the A-League alongside Marco Jesic up front. Milicevic who had recently lost his captaincy due to his decision to return to Europe at the end of the season started, yet was forced off with an ankle injury after only 13 minutes.
Sydney had gone ahead at halftime due to goals from Hirofumi Moriyasu and a Bruno Cazarine effort just before the break.
The first was poor defending from a corner, as Moriyasu was able to score his first goal for the club when he volleyed in at the back post under no challenge. I think it was Wheelhouse who drifted inside the box…
The sceond was even worse, as the usually reliable Wehrman (playing centre back) sent a weak back pass to Kennedy. Although the keeper managed to put a boot to the ball, it fell nicely for Cazarine to finish into a virtually empty net despite a heavy first touch.
Many things were wrong with this goal, the backpass, Kennedy’s inexplicable decision to kick the ball when he could have dove at with his hands, and Abbas’ decision to dive to the ground instead of standing strong in front of Cazarine’s shot. Fuck me.
The Jets came out stronger in the second half but were lacking the creativity in the final third and Branko brought on Haliti and Petrovski for the struggling Jeisc and debutant Ryan Griffith in the 63rd minute.
The goald after some fine play down the right hand side, Zadkovich opting to cut back in the box in stead of crossing when on the byline, and Haliti expertly (I know, what?) drove the ball into the roof of the net.
It was good work from Zadkovich, however he had earlier had a golden opportunity to test the keeper and characteristically blasted his shot over the bar.
The Jets pushed on and had a few more chances to grab an equaliser, teh best coming when a fluffed shot from Haliti fell onto Petrovski’s head, however the veteran could only knock it onto the crossbar.
Zadkovich also had a great chance when put through on goal (I think it might have been from Fiorentini?) however for the first time in his life (possibly) he elected not to shoot and tried another cutback to Haliti.
However the ball was behind the striker and his shot went wide.
While the Jets controlled possession for the remainder of the match, Sydney actually looked the more likely to score and the game petered out without much goal action for the Jets.
A disappointing result in front of a good crowd of 12,000 too. Hopefully the team can make a good finals push in their final 8 games, though they will have to do it without Francis Jeffers who has completed his short-term contract.
Also just on a side note, poor form for the section of the crowd who booed off Nicky Carle. I know he said that the only team he’d play for in the A-League would be us, but we have Con to blame for the decision not to sign him. He needs to make a livelihood.
Ona second side-note, Terry McFlynn should not have been on the pitch by the end of the game, with two filthy, dirty tackles resulting in not even a yellow card. Shocking again from the A-League referees..
Gold Coast United v. Perth Glory – (0-0)
Perth held onto a scoreless draw away to the Gold Coast.
Wednesday Midweek Game:
Wellington Phoenix v. Melbourne Victory – (2-0)
Wellington put in a blistering offensive performance against the Victory to move them to within a point of 6th place Melbourne Heart.
Having had numerous chances in the first half they had to wait until the 67th for the breakthrough.
Marco Rojas, who had a brilliant game, crossed for Macallister, who finished his own saved header from the rebound.
Rojas then got a goal of his own, with Macallister turning provider for the youngster to smash a shot past Petkovic.
Victory had had chances of heir own, mainly through Hernandez and Ricardinho but it was a deserved performance for the Phoenix.
Danny Allsopp made his return for the Victory as a 35th minute substitute.