Play
Won
Draw
Lost
For
Agnst
Pts
G.D.
Strk
Queensland Roar
18
8
6
4
24
17
30
+7
W1
Central Coast Mariners
18
9
3
6
26
22
30
+4
L2
Sydney FC
18
7
6
5
24
22
27
+2
W2
Newcastle Jets
18
6
7
5
19
18
25
+1
L1
Adelaide United
18
5
8
5
26
24
24
+2
L2
Melbourne Victory
18
4
8
6
22
26
20
-4
W1
Wellington Phoenix
18
5
5
8
25
30
20
-5
W1
Perth Glory
18
3
7
8
22
29
16
-7
L1
ROUND 18:
Friday 28th December
Adelaide United 1 Sydney FC 3
Sunday 30th December
Newcastle Jets 2 Wellington Phoenix 3
Perth Glory 1 Queensland Roar 4
Sunday 31st December
Central Coast Mariners 2 Melb'ne Victory 5
The A-League came to the Adelaide Oval for the first time, and the move
was an outstanding success with over 25,000 people attending the
picturesque stadium; but on a warm night it was Sydney FC that spoiled
the party with a 3-1 victory.
Kristian Sarkies scored first for Adelaide, slotting a free kick over the wall
and into the corner of the net. But the game was to be turned on its
head on the half hour when a brain explosion from Robert Cornthwaite
earned him a red card; forcing the Reds to play the last hour of a hot
night a man short.
A sublime strike from Brendon Santalab levelled the scores shortly before
half-time, and second-half goals to Corica and Middleby gave Sydney FC
the three points to propel them into the top 4.
Click here to see Harboursport's photo gallery from this match.
Adelaide United 1 (K Sarkies 19)  Sydney FC 3 (B Santalab 44, S Corica
54, R Middleby 66)
Yellow Cards : Adelaide - T Dodd 28, E Galekovic 66. Sydney - I Fyfe
30, M Milligan 40, R Middleby 65, B Renaud 83.
Red Cards : Adelaide - R Cornthwaite 33.
Referee - M Breeze. Crowd - 25,039 at Adelaide Oval.

Newcastle's hopes of a top-2 finish came across a stumbling block when
the Jets suffered an upset 3-2 loss at home to Wellington Phoenix.
The Phoenix went ahead after 16 minutes, when Vaughan Coveny,
playing against his old club, cannoned a shot into the crossbar but Shane
Smeltz was there to gather the rebound and fire it into the Newcastle
net. But Newcastle equalised when Mark Bridge was brought down inside
the box and slotted home the penalty.
1-1 at the break, but just 5 minutes later the locals were looking down
the barrel of a 2-goal deficit. Ferrante scored from a corner, and moments
later a leaping Kristian Rees got a high header to land it into the Jets net.
Tunbridge got a late goal back for the Jets to set up a grandstand finish,
but the Phoenix held on for a memorable win.
Newcastle Jets 2 (M Bridge 29pen, S Tunbridge 81) Wellington
Phoenix 3
(S Smeltz 16, M Ferrante 49, K Rees 51).
Yellow Cards : Jets - S Musialik 55. Phoenix - G Moss 28, V Lia 59, T
Brown 84, A Elrich 90.
Referee - S Delovski. Crowd - 15,107 at Energy Australia Stadium.

Queensland Roar strengthened their hold on a top-2 position with a
comfortable 4-1 away win over the struggling Perth Glory.
Perth did most of the attacking in the first half hour, but were unable to
get any scores to show for it. Instead, it was Robbie Kruse after 34
minutes who opened the scoring for the Roar against the run of play; and
another score to Reinaldo put the Queenslanders 2-0 ahead at the break.
The Glory tried hard against the odds in the second half, and were rewarded on 57 minutes when
Nick Rizzo pounced on a well-placed cross. But all their hard work was undone just a minute later
when some sloppy defending left Tahj Minniecon unmarked to restore the 2-goal lead for the Roar;
with McCloughan putting the icing on the cake 15 minutes from time.
Perth Glory 1 (N Rizzo 57)  Queensland Roar 4 (R Kruse 34, Reinaldo 43, T Minniecon 59, J
McCloughan 74).
Yellow Cards : Glory - B Celeski 25, J Coyne 76. Roar - C Moore 17, S Ognenovski 27, A Packer 50.
Referee - P Green. Crowd - 9,614 at Members Equity Stadium.

A huge crowd was on hand for what has become an annual blockbuster on New Year's Eve at
Central Coast Stadium; and they were to witness defending champions Melbourne Victory recording
a 5-2 victory to keep their slim finals hopes alive.
It didn't take long for Adrian Caceres to put the Victory on the board, and an opportunist goal from
Danny Allsopp doubled the lead. Jedinak got one back for the Mariners, but when Kevin Muscat was
awarded a penalty it was looking a night to savour for the Victory.
And so it would prove. Victory led 4-1 at half-time, and even a piece of individual brilliance by John
Aloisi on the hour was not enough to put the Mariners back in the contest.
Central Coast Mariners 2 (M Jedinak 32, J Aloisi 63). Melbourne Victory 5 (A Caceres 4, D
Allsopp 23,61, A Thompson 36, K Muscat 43pen).
Yellow Cards : Mariners - A Clark 10, T Vidmar 42, P O'Grady 64, S Petrovski 88. Victory - R
Vargas 45, N Ward 59, A Thompson 73, M Theoklitos 74.
Referee - M Shield. Crowd - 18,686 at Central Coast Stadium.
ALSO IN A-LEAGUE

A-League Round 1 2007-08
A-League Round 2 2007-08
A-League Round 3 2007-08
A-League Round 4 2007-08
A-League Round 5 2007-08
A-League Round 6 2007-08
A-League Round 7 2007-08
A-League Round 8 2007-08
A-League Round 9 2007-08
A-League Round 10 2007-08
A-League Round 11 2007-08
A-League Round 12 2007-08
A-League Round 13 2007-08
A-League Round 14 2007-08
A-League Round 15 2007-08
A-League Round 16 2007-08
A-League Round 17 2007-08
A-League Round 15 07-08 (part 2)
A-League Round 18 2007-08
A-League Round 19 2007-08
A-League Round 20 2007-08
A-League Round 21 2007-08
A-League 2007-08 Semis - Leg 1
A-League 2007-08 Semis - Leg 2
A-League 2007-08 Preliminary Final
A-League 2007-08 Grand Final
A-League Round 1 2008-09
A-League Round 2 2008-09
A-League Round 3 2008-09
A-League Round 4 2008-09
A-League Round 5 2008-09
A-League Round 6 2008-09
A-League Round 7 2008-09
A-League Round 8 2008-09
A-League Round 9 2008-09
A-League Round 10 2008-09
A-League Round 11 2008-09
Match Report - Syd FC v CCM (1/11/08)
A-League Round 12 2008-09
Match Report - Syd FC v Well (7/11/08)
A-League Round 13 2008-09
A-League Round 14 2008-09
A-League Round 15 2008-09
A-League Round 16 2008-09
A-League Round 17 2008-09
A-League Round 18 2008-09
A-League Round 15 08-09 (part 2)
A-League Round 19 2008-09
A-League Round 16 08-09 (part 2)
A-League Round 20 2008-09
A-League Round 21 2008-09
A-League 2008-09 Semis - Leg 1
A-League 2008-09 Semis - Leg 2
A-League 2008-09 Preliminary Final
A-League 2008-09 Grand Final
A-League Round 1 2009-10
A-League Round 2 2009-10
A-League Round 3 2009-10
A-League Round 4 2009-10
A-League Round 5 2009-10
A-League Round 6 2009-10
A-League Round 7 2009-10
A-League Round 8 2009-10
A-League Round 9 2009-10
A-League Round 10 2009-10
A-League Round 11 2009-10
A-League Round 12 2009-10
A-League Round 1 2010-11
A Tale of Two Matches
A-League Round 2 2010-11
A-League Round 3 2010-11
A-League Round 1 2011-12
PHOTO GALLERIES:

Sydney FC v Cent Cst M'ners (24/8/07)
Sydney FC v Wellington P'nix (14/9/07)
Sydney FC v Adelaide United (20/10/07)
Sydney FC v Cent Cst M'ners (28/10/07)
Newcastle Jets v Sydney FC (3/11/07)
Sydney FC v Queensland Roar (25/11/07)
Sydney FC v Perth Glory (15/12/07)
Central Cst M'ners v Sydney FC (22/12/07)
Adelaide United v Sydney FC (28/12/07)
Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory (20/1/08)
Grand Final - CCM v Newcastle (24/2/08)
Sydney FC v Queensland Roar (4/10/08)
Sydney FC v Cent Cst Mariners (1/11/08)
Sydney FC v Wellington Phoenix (7/11/08)
Sydney FC v Queensland Roar (28/11/08)
Newcastle Jets v Sydney FC (7/12/08)
Central Cst M'ners v Sydney FC (13/12/08)
Sydney FC v Perth Glory (21/12/08)
Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC (27/12/08)
Sydney FC v Wellington Phoenix (11/1/09)
Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets (25/1/09)
Trial - Sydney FC v CC Mariners (6/7/09)
Sydney FC v North Q'land Fury (12/9/09)
Sydney FC v Cent Cst M'ners (5/10/09)
Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar (25/10/09)
Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets (29/11/09)
Sydney FC v North Q'land Fury (5/12/09)
Sydney FC v Central Cst M'ners (23/12/09)
Sydney FC v Gold Coast United (17/1/10)
Sydney FC v Perth Glory (7/02/10)
Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory (14/02/10)
Semi - Sydney FC v Melb Victory (7/03/10)
Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory (7/08/10)
Sydney FC v Adelaide United (4/10/10)
Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar (30/10/10)
Central Coast v Perth Glory (30/10/10)
AFC - Sydney FC v Suwon BW (2/3/11)
Sydney FC v Gold Coast Utd (6/11/11)
Sydney FC v Cent Cst M'ners (19/11/11)
Sydney FC v Melbourne Heart (29/12/11)
Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets (5/02/12)
Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory (10/03/12)
Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets (25/03/12)
Sydney FC v Perth Glory (28/10/12)
ROUND 19:
Friday 4th January
Wellington Phoenix v Sydney FC (5.30)
Newcastle Jets v Adelaide United (8.00)
Saturday 5th January
Queensland Roar v Melb'ne Victory (8.00)
Sunday 6th January
Perth Glory v Central Coast Mariners (9.00)