|Melbourne Victory retained top spot on the ladder, maintaining
their psychological dominance over Adelaide United, but it wasn't
a pretty or convincing performance.
Victory found themselves a man down after less than half an
hour when Ney Fabiano was sent off after remonstrating with
referee Matthew Breeze and copping a red card for his trouble.
But the Reds, try as they might, could find no way to capitalise
on their numerical advantage.
In the second half, Adelaide pressed but were unable to convert
their opportunities. Down the other end, shortly after the hour,
Archie Thompson was brought down in the box and the referee
had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Muscat's penalty kick
was saved, his first unsuccessful penalty shot in the A-League;
but Reds' keeper Eugene Galekovic was unable to hold onto the
ball and Muscat pounced on the rebound to score the winner.
Melbourne Victory 1 ( K Muscat 63)
Adelaide United 0
Yellow Cards : Victory - K Muscat 43, E Berger 66. Reds - A
Costanzo 42, Diego 80.
Red Cards : Victory - N Fabiano 28.
Referee - M Breeze. Crowd - 24,812 at Telstra Dome.
It was a battle of the defences at Energy Australia Stadium
when reiging champions Newcastle hosted Sydney FC. In a game
where few chances were created and none were converted,
the Jets were at least able to take a point from the game;
something they were unable to do in any of their clashes against
Sydney FC last season; despite taking the title.
Late in the game, with scores still deadlocked, frustrations boiled
over with a series of tired and angry tackles. Card-happy referee
Peter O'Leary handed out 5 yellow cards in the last 10 minutes
of the game; sadly for Sydney veteran Mitchell Prentice, two of
those cards were for him, resulting in Sydney playing the final
few minutes of the game a man short.
Newcastle Jets 0
Sydney FC 0
Yellow Cards : Jets - M Thompson 9, T Elrich 84, J Wheelhouse
85. Sydney - M Bridge 45, M Prentice 83,88, B Santalab 90.
Red Cards : Sydney - M Prentice 88.
Referee - P O'Leary. Crowd - 11,535 at Energy Australia
|Perth Glory's A-League horrors continued when they were comprehensively outplayed 3-0
at home by Queensland Roar. It took just 14 minutes for a worm-burner from Craig Moore
to shoot past plenty of Glory feet into their net. When McKay and Miller had also made their
way onto the scoreboard before half-time, it was looking like a rout.
Perth played better in the second half to limit the damage, but never looked like making up
any of the deficit. To make a bad day worse for the Glory, Amaral was stretchered off with
15 minutes to go; and with Perth having already used all their substitutions, were forced to
finish the match a man short. But Queensland, having already wrapped the match up, were
happy to sit back and take the 3 points without any real attempts to add to the scoreboard.
Perth Glory 0
Queensland Roar 3 (C Moore 14, M McKay 23, C Miller 45).
Yellow Cards : Glory - E Dadi 27, Amaral 55, J Robinson 60, S McLaren 80, D Tarka 89, N
Topor-Stanley 90. Roar - A Packer 26.
Referee - B Williams. Crowd - 8,203 at Members Equity Stadium.
A much-improved performance by Wellington Phoenix saw the New Zealand side climb off
the ladder by holding Central Coast to a scoreless draw at Westpac Stadium.
From early in the contest it was clear that Wellington had come to play, a far cry from last
week's capitulation in Adelaide. The defence was tighter, the tackling tougher, and the
attacking options more coherent. Had things gone their way, the Phoenix may have even
stolen the match after a strong second half. Hearfield and Coveny both had golden chances
shortly after the hour, but both found their shots go agonisingly wide.
There were few chances created by the Mariners, in a match that the Central Coast side
would have been hoping to take all the points from. But in the end, it took some
determined saves from keeper Mark Bosnich to salvage a point from a disappointing display.
Wellington Phoenix 0.
Central Coast Mariners 0.
Yellow Cards : Phoenix - R Johnson 5, K Dodd 18, T Hearfield 45. Mariners - J
Hutchinson 50, P Bojic 54.
Referee - S Delovski. Crowd - 6,928 at Westpac 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
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)