|Wellington Phoenix continued their mid-season revival, winning
three games in a row for the first time in their short history when
the New Zealand club overcame ladder leaders Melbourne Victory
2-1 at Westpac Stadium. To compound the Victory's misery,
former championship hero Fred was back in the A-League, and
was best player on the park but wearing a Phoenix shirt.
Victory opened the scoring on 20 minutes, after a corner found
Ney Fabiano who headed the ball into the crossbar; but the
rebound found an unmarked Danny Allsopp. But just a minute
later the match was back on even terms when a strike from Tim
Brown from outside the area curling into the corner of the net.
Another long-range strike from outside the area, this time by
Shane Smeltz after pouncing on a sloppy Victory clearance
shortly before the hour gave the Phoenix a lead they would not
Wellington Phoenix 2 (T Brown 22, S Smeltz 58)
Melbourne Victory 1 (D Allsopp 20).
Yellow Cards : Phoenix - J McKain 23, S Smeltz 58, Fred 83.
Victory - G Brebner.
Referee - C Zetter. Crowd - 7,953 at Westpac Stadium.
Sydney FC's poor recent form and a wild thunderstorm that
caused flash flooding around Sydney during the afternoon saw a
record low crowd turn out to the SFS for Sydney's home match
against Queensland Roar. And the locals' misery was
compounded just 12 minutes in when Tahj Minniecon weaved his
way around the Sydney defence, and when Sydney keeper Ivan
Nicevski was unable to hold on to the slippery ball it created the
simplest of chances for Matt McKay to put away.
The match had begun with a guard of honour for Tony Popovic,
who had retired during the week to become an assistant coach,
but Popovic and Kosmina would have been relieved when a
dismal first half of fundamental skill errors and little possession saw
them still only a goal down.
And Sydney made them pay at 64 minutes, against the run of
play, when a cross from Robbie Middleby found Steven Corica
who in turn found the back of the net to level the match.
The goal sparked Sydney to life, and minutes later John Aloisi had
a golden chance to put the sky blues in front but his shot sailed
agonisingly just over the crossbar. Sydney continued to press
during the remaining time, but there was to be no winner.
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Sydney FC 1 (S Corica 64)
Queensland Roar 1 (M McKay 12).
Yellow Cards : Sydney - M Prentice 81. Roar - T Minniecon 68.
Referee - M Breeze. Crowd - 8,502 at Sydney Football Stadium.
|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)
ROUND 15 FIXTURES
Saturday 13th December
Wellington Phoenix v Perth Glory
(Westpac Stadium, 5:00pm)
Central Coast Mariners v Sydney FC
(Bluetongue Stadium, 7:00pm)
Sunday 14th December
Queensland Roar v Newcastle Jets
(Suncorp Stadium, 7:00pm)
Melbourne Victory v Adelaide United -
Postponed to 6th January
All times shown are Sydney time
|As has been the case so often in their A-League history, injury time was cruel to Perth
Glory, as the WA side dominated for much of the game but were pipped at the post to
leave the game with only a single point to show for their efforts.
The Mariners scored the opening goal when a free kick from Mile Jedinak made its way
through the wall and had the Glory keeper unsighted. But just minutes after half time, Nikita
Rukavytsya continued his impressive recent form with a volley that made its way under
Danny Vukovic's diving save attempt. And when Eugene Dadi set up Rukavytsya again on
the hour, the Glory were in front.
With their tails up, a small but vocal crowd singing their support, and the Mariners visibly
tiring in the hot conditions, the Glory looked to be cruising to victory. The run of play and
possession was going their way, and several chances were created and blown for the Glory
to score a third and put the result beyond dispute. The Mariners were down to 10 men
when Nigel Boogaard found himself marched; but against the run of play it was Sasho
Petrovski who just beat an offside trap during injury time to level the match and yet again
break the Glory hearts.
Perth Glory 2 (N Rukavytsya 54,62)
Central Coast Mariners 2 (M Jedinak 32, S Petrovski 90).
Yellow Cards : Glory - E Dadi 29, J Harnwell 30, W Srhoj 34, A Trinidad 76, D Djulbic 79.
Mariners - B Porter 53, M Simon 55.
Red Cards : Mariners - N Boogaard 90.
Referee - P O'Leary. Crowd - 6,496 at Members Equity Stadium.
Another game to be decided in injury time was the Newcastle v Adelaide match, and again
it would be the home side that were disappointed when the Jets conceded a late equaliser
against Adelaide United at Energy Australia Stadium.
The Jets took the lead on 55 minutes, when a cross from Naidvski found Matt Thompson
within scoring range; and just minutes later Naidovski had a golden opportunity to put the
home side two goals clear but was too slow taking his shot.
With the clock ticking down, 3 minutes out of 4 in injury time played, a header from Saso
Ognenovski cleared the despairing dive of Jets' keeper Ante Covic to hit the net and send
the Reds into celebrations, snatching a point that rarely looked a possibility; while for the
Jets and their home crowd it was stunned silence as a match they had dominated was only
Newcastle Jets 1 (M Thompson 56)
Adelaide United 1 (S Ognenovski 90).
Yellow Cards : Jets - J Naidovski 15. Reds - Nil.
Referee - C Beath. Crowd - 7,136 at Energy Australia 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)