|Melbourne Victory extended their lead at the top of the A-
League ladder when they defeated Central Coast 2-1 at home
on Friday night.
A free kick from John Hutchinson shortly after the half hour from
well outside the area sailed over the wall, its pinpoint accuracy
and timing beating everyone to power into the net to give the
visitors a 1-0 lead. But the advantage was to be short-lived when
a pass from Archie Thompson was picked up by Tom Pondeljak;
who cannoned it into the base of the Mariners' net just 4
Victory pulled ahead on the hour, Archie Thompson beating the
offside trap to score. And despite some late attacking moves
from the Mariners that gave the Melbourne side a few anxious
moments late in the game, the Victory had enough defensive
reserves in hand to hold the Mariners out.
Melbourne Victory 2 (T Pondeljak 37, A Thompson 60)
Central Coast Mariners 1 (J Hutchinson 33).
Yellow Cards : Victory - Nil. Mariners - P Bojic.
Referee - S Delovski. Crowd - 21,455 at Telstra Dome.
It was Adelaide's first home game since the Asian Champions
League final, and hopes that their Asian adventure would boost
crowds was disappointed when less than 10,000 showed up at
Hindmarsh for the Reds' match against Sydney FC.
Those that did come saw an even battle over the first half, with
the Reds gaining the ascendancy during injury time when a free
kick from Kristian Sarkies caught the Sydney defence napping,
allowing Sasa Ognenovski an uncontested header to put the
Reds into the lead.
On the hour, the 1-0 lead appeared insurmountable after Sydney
were reduced to 10 men. Terry McFlynn was brought down, but
his appeal to the referee fell on deaf ears; and worse was to
come when the Northern Ireland midfielder was red-carded for
The knockout blow came on 77 minutes, when an attempted
clearance from Beau Busch was smothered by Travis Dodd, who
pounced on the crumbs to slot the ball into the Sydney net. 2-0
to the Reds puts them up to second place, while Sydney FC slip
out of the top 4.
Adelaide United 2 (S Ognenovski 45, T Dodd 77)
Sydney FC 0
Yellow Cards : Reds - Nil. Sydney - T McFlynn 29, J Aloisi 43, S
Cole 76, B Petta 88.
Red Cards : Sydney - T McFlynn 59.
Referee - B Williams. Crowd - 9,509 at Hindmarsh Stadium.
|ROUND 13 FIXTURES
Friday 28th November
Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne Victory
(Westpac Stadium, 5:30pm)
Sydney FC v Queensland Roar
(Sydney Football Stadium, 8:00pm)
Saturday 29th November
Perth Glory v Central Coast Mariners
(Members Equity Stadium, 8:00pm)
Sunday 30th November
Newcastle Jets v Adelaide United
(Energy Australia Stadium, 5:00pm)
ROUND 14 FIXTURES
Friday 5th December
Adelaide United v Wellington Phoenix
(Hindmarsh Stadium, 8:00pm)
Saturday 6th December
Central Coast Mariners v Queensland Roar
(Bluetongue Stadium, 5:00pm)
Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory
(Members Equity Stadium, 8:00pm)
Sunday 7th December
Newcastle Jets v Sydney FC
(Energy Australia Stadium, 5:00pm)
All times shown are Sydney time
|Home wins have been elusive for Queensland Roar during their A-League history; but
inspired by the return of Craig Moore just 2 weeks after cancer surgery, the Queensland side
were far too good for Perth Glory, taking out a 4-1 victory.
Perth had much of the play in the first half, but were unable to get any reward on the
scoreboard for it; and a disastrous injury time for the Glory put them behind the game. As
the injury time sign was held up, Nikolai Topor-Stanley brought down Tahj Minniecon in the
box; and referee Peter Green had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Sergio van Dijk put
the penalty away, and a minute later a cross from van Dijk was tapped in by Minniecon to
put the Roar 2-0 ahead.
10 minutes after the restart, Charlie Miller added to the Perth misery with the Roar's third
goal. And although the Glory got one back, with a quality strike from Jamie Harnwell, the
Roar were always in control. Mitch Nicols put the icing on the cake with 10 minutes to go;
and the Roar had jumped Sydney and Central Coast to enter the top 4.
Queensland Roar 4 (S Van Dijk 45pen, T Minniecon 45, C Miller 55, M Nichols 81)
Perth Glory 1 (J Harnwell 57).
Yellow Cards : Roar - Nil. Glory - N Topor-Stanley 45, W Srhoj 77.
Referee - P Green. Crowd - 9,118 at Suncorp Stadium.
Newcastle's title defence went from bad to worse when the Jets were rolled 2-0 away by
Wellington Phoenix. In a gritty and physical game, the Jets' chances were effectively ended
when Joel Griffiths and Mark Milligan were both marched from the field; the 9 remaining Jets
players being unable to last the distance.
Goals were hard to come by, but the numerical advantage finally took its toll with 11
minutes to go when Shane Smeltz found space to head the ball into the Newcastle net.
And just 7 minutes later, a cross from Leo Bertos found Troy Hearfield to double the
Wellington Phoenix 2 (S Smeltz 79, T Hearfield 86)
Newcastle Jets 0.
Yellow Cards : Phoenix - T Lochhead 53, K Dodd 76). Jets - A Griffiths 54.
Red Cards : Jets - J Griffiths 29, M Milligan 51.
Referee - M Breeze. Crowd - 5,500 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)