ROUND 20:
Friday 11th January
Melbourne Victory 3 Wellington Phoenix 0
Saturday 12th January
Central Coast Mariners 1 Newcastle Jets 2
Sunday 13th January
Queensland Roar 0 Sydney FC 0
Perth Glory 3 Adelaide United 2
Melbourne Victory won their third game in a row, keeping their slim finals
hopes alive, with a comprehensive 3-0 performance over Wellington
Phoenix on Friday night. Before an impressive crowd of over 25,000, the
Victory were dominant from the start, with Carlos Hernandez constantly
threatening to score before finally breaking through on the half hour.
Just 4 minutes later, Adrian Caceres enticed Phoenix keeper Glen Moss off
his line before chipping to an unmarked Nick Ward to double the Victory
lead. A late score by substitute Kaz Patafta put the icing on the cake;
ensuring that for at least one more night the Victory remain in the finals
race, and keeping them in good form as they prepare for their Asian
Champions League appearance.
Melbourne Victory 3 (C Hernandez 31, N Ward 35, K Patafta 88)  
Wellington Phoenix 0.
Yellow Cards : Victory -
Nil. Phoenix - T Brown 54, K Dodd 63, Felipe 90.
Referee - P Green. Crowd - 25,489 at Telstra Dome.

A capacity crowd of over 19,000 at Central Coast Stadium for the derby
against Newcastle Jets was another sign of how the A-League has
captured the public's imagination in recent weeks. And the crowd
witnessed a frenetic opening, with both sides playing free-flowing attacking
football.
Newcastle were on the board after just 6 minutes, when teenager James
Holland collected a pass from Denni to bang it into the Mariners' net. But
just a few moments later the Mariners were back on level terms when
Adam Kwasnik weaved his way around the Jets defence before a
sweetly-timed strike hit the back of the net.
In an entertaining contest in which both sides continued to attack, physical
challenges were few and far between, with only one yellow card given out
for the entire game. The winner would come early in the second half, with
Joel Griffiths pouncing on a long ball to slam home another score. The
result saw the Jets join the Mariners on 31 points, ensuring their finals
berth and ending any hope of Melbourne or Adelaide qualifying for the
playoffs.
Central Coast Mariners 1 (A Kwasnik 9)  Newcastle Jets 2 (J Holland 6,
J Griffiths 52).
Yellow Cards : Mariners - Nil. Jets - N Spencer 66.
Referee - M Breeze. Crowd - 19,238 at Central Coast Stadium.

With one round remaining, the most even A-League season yet sees only
goal difference separating the top 4 after a scoreless draw between
Queensland Roar and Sydney FC at Suncorp Stadium.
The winner of the match had the potential to go to top spot, and a
sensational crowd of 31,933 was on hand as the popularity of the league
continues to soar. But with the stakes so high, both sides were cautious
and unwilling to take risks, seemingly happier to sit on the draw than to
take a gamble that could see them drop to 4th.
 
Play
Won
Draw
Lost
For
Agnst
Pts
G.D.
Strk
Queensland Roar
20
8
7
5
25
19
31
+6
D1
Sydney FC
20
8
7
5
26
22
31
+4
D1
Central Coast
Mariners
20
9
4
7
28
25
31
+3
L1
Newcastle Jets
20
8
7
5
23
20
31
+3
W2
Melbourne Victory
20
6
8
6
27
27
26
0
W3
Adelaide United
20
5
8
7
29
29
23
0
L4
Perth Glory
20
4
8
8
26
32
20
-6
W1
Wellington Phoenix
20
5
5
10
25
35
20
-10
L1
The Roar created the best chances, and could have picked up a penalty when teenager Tahj
Minniecon came to ground in the box after a tackle from Brendan Renaud, but referee Mark Shield
waved away the Roar appeals; replays showing his decision was clearly correct.
With just one round to go in the regular season, four teams are level on 31 points; with none of
them to play each other in the last round. Queensland Roar have the best goal difference, putting
them on top ahead of Sydney FC, Central Coast Mariners and Newcastle Jets.
Queensland Roar 0  Sydney FC 0
Yellow Cards : Roar -
A Packer 33, A Lynch 40. Sydney - T McFlynn 16.
Referee - M Shield. Crowd - 31,933 at Suncorp Stadium.

With no finals positions up for grabs when Perth Glory and Adelaide United played off, the shackles
were off with both sides letting their hair down and playing some attacking and entertaining football.
In a contrast to the cautious and defensive contest in the Queensland v Sydney game that
preceded it, this game saw both sides willing to take risks and set up goal-scoring opportunities.
In the end, it was a winner from Jamie Harnwell that gave the Glory the game, a reward at last for
the long-suffering fans of the WA franchise and one that has taken them off the bottom of the
ladder. For Adelaide, although they were again defeated for the 4th time in a row, there were
positive signs that the Reds may have the firepower to challenge during the upcoming Asian
Champions League.
Perth Glory 3 (J Robinson 11, N Rukavytsya 45, J Harnwell 61) Adelaide United 2 (B Djite 8, T
Dodd 59).
Yellow Cards : Glory - H Foxe 54, J Robinson 81. Reds - R Alagich 40, L Pantelis 53, Cassio 80.
Referee - B Williams. Crowd - 8,025 at Members Equity 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 4 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)
Sydney FC v Adelaide United (23/11/12)
ROUND 21:
Friday 18th January
Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory (8.00)
Saturday 19th January
Central Coast Mariners v Wel Phoenix(7.00)
Sunday 20th January
Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory (5.00)
Adelaide United v Queensland Roar (7.00)