Wellington and Perth faced off at Westpac Stadium with both sides
needing a win to maintain their finals hopes, but in the end both sides
would go home disappointed after a 1-1 draw.
In a free-flowing game, where both sides moved the ball up and down the
pitch, physical contact was rare and not one yellow card was issued
through the entire match. But for all the attacking opportunities created
by both sides, finishing was a struggle for both teams, and it wasn't until
15 minutes to go that the deadlock was eventually broken.
Wellington were unable to clear a cross, and instead the ball spilled to
Eugene Dadi, who volleyed home the scoring attempt; putting the Glory
ahead.
But their lead was to be short-lived, with Glory keeper Velaphi making a
spectacular diving save to deny Leo Bertos, only for the ball to spill to
Tony Brown, who added the score before the keeper was able to get
back on his feet.
Both sides pressed for the winner, and the Phoenix had a golden
opportunity shortly before the final whistle, but another save by Velaphi
denied him. 1-1 the final score.
Wellington Phoenix 1 (T Brown 83)
Perth Glory 1 (E Dadi 76).
Yellow Cards : Phoenix - Nil. Glory - Nil.
Referee - S Delovski. Crowd - 6,362 at Westpac Stadium.

A strike from Dylan Macallister gave the Mariners an early lead in their derby
against Sydney FC, one of the few highlights of an uninspiring first half.
But the game sprung to life after the break, with both sides creating
opportunities. And shortly after the hour, Sydney marquee John Aloisi was
brought down in the box and a penalty was awarded. Aloisi's first attempt
missed, but the referee ruled the penalty would be taken again and the
second go saw Aloisi make no mistake.
As the clock ticked into injury time, the match looked set to be locked at
1-1. Steve Corica had a golden chance to put Sydney FC in front, with the
keeper out of position, but his shot sailed just over the crossbar.
Down the field went the Mariners, with the clock now in injury time. Iain
Fyfe brought down Dylan Macallister in the area, and referee Peter Green
had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Despite the protests of the
Sydney FC supporters, who took the decision badly and threw bottles on
the pitch, the decision stood. Mile Jedinak stepped up to the spot, made
no mistake, and the Mariners had taken out a 2-1 victory to jump over
Sydney into the top 4.
Click here to see Harboursport's photo gallery from this game.
Central Coast Mariners 2 (D Macallister 11, M Jedinak 90pen)
Sydney FC 1 (J Aloisi 65pen).
Yellow Cards : Mariners - D Vukovic 63, P Bojic 64. Sydney - S Cole 90,
I Fyfe 90.
Referee - P Green. Crowd - 11,220 at Bluetongue Stadium.
ROUND 16 FIXTURES
Friday 19th December
Wellington Phoenix v Central Cst Mariners
(Westpac Stadium, 5:30pm)

Newcastle Jets v Melbourne Victory
(Energy Australia Stadium, 8:00pm)

Sunday 21st December
Sydney FC v Perth Glory
(Sydney Football Stadium, 5:00pm)

Adelaide United v Queensland Roar -
Postponed to 14th January
All times shown are Sydney time
Defending champions Newcastle needed a win to get off the bottom of the table, and got the start
they wanted after 26 minutes when Joel Griffiths was first on the scoresheet, pouncing on a
pinpoint pass from Jobe Wheelhouse before striking the ball into the corner of the Queensland net.
Queensland youngster Mitch Nichols put the Roar back on level terms in injury time, with a precision
header that Jets keeper Ante Covic had no answer to. And in the 70th minute, the Roar gained the
upper hand when Wheelhouse's second booking saw the Jets a man down for the remainder of the
match.
Injury time at the end was again to be decisive, with Queensland veteran Danny Tiatto setting up
Sergio van Dijk, with van Dijk jumping in the air to make the strike that powered into the corner of
the net. The Roar now find themselves only outside the top 2 on points difference, although
Adelaide have a game in hand after their match against Melbourne Victory was postponed.
Queensland Roar 2 (M Nichols 45, S van Dijk 90)
Newcastle Jets 1 (J Griffiths 26).
Yellow Cards : Roar - D Tiatto 29. Jets - J Wheelhouse 11,70, J North 71.
Red Cards : Jets - J Wheelhouse 70.
Referee - B Williams. Crowd - 11,048 at Suncorp Stadium.

Melbourne Victory v Adelaide United - Postponed due to Adelaide's participation in the World Club
Championships.
  P
W
D
L
For
Ag
Pts
Diff
Str
Adelaide United
14
7
3
4
24
17
24
+7
W1
Melbourne Victory
14
7
2
5
24
17
23
+7
L2
Queensland Roar
15
6
5
4
21
15
23
+6
W1
Central Coast Mariners
15
5
7
3
29
22
22
+7
W1
Sydney FC
15
5
5
5
24
20
20
+4
L1
Wellington Phoenix
15
5
4
5
16
24
19
-8
D1
Perth Glory
15
4
4
7
21
33
16
-12
D1
Newcastle Jets
15
2
6
7
14
25
12
-11
L2
ROUND 17 FIXTURES
Friday 26th December
Newcastle Jets v Central Coast Mariners
(Energy Australia Stadum, 8:00pm)

Perth Glory v Adelaide United
(Members Equity Stadium, 10:00pm)

Saturday 27th December
Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC
(Telstra Dome, 7:00pm)

Sunday 28th December
Queensland Roar v Wellington Phoenix
(Suncorp Stadium, 7:00pm)
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 1 2010-11
A Tale of Two Matches
A-League Round 2 2010-11
A-League Round 3 2010-11
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)
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)