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A-LEAGUE
Already ahead 2-0 after their easy away win in the first leg,
Queensland Roar compounded the Mariners' misery as they took
out a 2-1 win at Suncorp Stadium to progress through to their
second straight preliminary final and to eliminate Central Coast
from the 2008-09 A-League.
The Mariners were on the back foot and needed an early goal to
get their campaign back on track; and went close to getting one
only to be denied by a spectacular save from Roar keeper Liam
Reddy. And although the Mariners had the majority of possession
in the first 15 minutes, they were unable to make any impression
on the scoreboard.
Against the run of play, it was the Roar who opened the scoring.
The Roar ran the ball downfield on the counter, Sergio Van Dijk
having a strike which was kept out by Mariners' keeper Danny
Vukovic, only for the crumbs to spill to Matt Nichols who made
no mistake to get the home side on the board.
It was 1-0 at the break, but any hopes the Mariners may have
had of making a comeback were dealt a fatal blow just 3 minutes
into the second half. A cross from Nichols found the head of
Matt McKay, who banged the ball into the Mariners' net like a
dagger into the Central Coast heart.
The Mariners continued to work hard, and did get one goal back
shortly after the hour. It was a long-range strike from substitute
Nick Mrdja from well outside the area that got Central Coast on
the board. But, still being down 4-1 on aggregate, the Mariners
needed another 3 goals to tie up the contrast and progress on
away goals. But they were unable to manage another, the Roar
happy to play out time and ensure they would be just one more
game away from the grand final.
Queensland Roar 2 (M Nichols 21, M McKay 48)
Central Coast Mariners 1 (N Mrdja 64).
Yellow Cards : Roar - Nil. Mariners - N Boogaard 38, P O'Grady
43, D Heffernan 80, J Hutchinson 85.
Referee - P Green. Crowd - 24,705 at Suncorp Stadium.
FINALS FIXTURES - SEMI FINALS
Minor Semi-Final - 1st Leg
Central Coast Mariners 0 Queensland Roar 2

Major Semi-Final - 1st Leg
Adelaide United 0 Melbourne Victory 2

Minor Semi-Final - 2nd Leg
Queensland Roar 2 Central Coast Mariners 1

Major Semi-Final - 2nd Leg
Melbourne Victory 4 Adelaide United 0

Saturday 21st February
Preliminary Final
Adelaide United v Queenalnd Roar
(Hindmarsh Stadium, 7:00pm)

Saturday 28th February
Grand Final
Melbourne Victory v
(Telstra Dome, 7:30pm)

All times shown are Sydney time
Melbourne Victory defeated Adelaide United for the 5th time in 2008-09, their 4-0 win being
more than enough to book themselves a home grand final while ensuring the Reds would have
to go through a sudden death preliminary final before they could get another crack at grand
final action and another appearance in Asia in 2010.
Adelaide coach Aurelio Vidmar's frustrations boiled over after the game, his press conference
referring to internal division within the club, and references to Adelaide as a "pissant town" will
do little to endear the Reds' mentor to his own supporters.
The Victory were already 2-0 ahead on aggregate, with 2 away goals, after the first leg at
Hindmarsh, and it took just 10 minutes for the Victory to extend their margin. A cross from
Carlos Hernandez made its way to the feet of Archie Thompson, who made no mistake in
threading the ball into the corner of the net.
It took less than 15 minutes for the Victory to go in again. This time, after passing the ball to
Nick Ward and getting it back, Hernandez went himself and Reds' keeper Eugene Galekovic
had no hope of keeping the ball out. And in the shadows of half-time, Hernandez was again in
the thick of the action, finding Danny Allsopp with only the keeper to beat and the Victory
found themselves 3-0 ahead at half-time.
Hernandez, who only arrived back in Australia the morning of the game after representing
Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifer midweek, was again instrumental early in the second half
with a cross to Tom Pondeljak to turn the game into a 4-0 rout. Hernandez, understandably
exhausted, was substituted not long after the fourth goal went in, to a standing ovation from
the crowd of nearly 35,000.
There were to be no more goals, but there was more disaster to come for Adelaide when
Cassio was booked for a second time and was banished from the field and will be suspended for
the Red's preliminary final clash with Queensland Roar at Hindmarsh next week.
The final result was 4-0 to the Victory, a comprehensive result that sees the Victory maintain
their dominance over Adelaide. The Reds return home humiliated and seemingly racked by
infighting, and it will take something special for them to regain their form and morale before
the preliminary final.
Melbourne Victory 4 (A Thompson 10, C Hernandez 24, D Allsopp 44, T Pondeljak 47)
Adelaide United 0
Yellow Cards : Victory -
Nil. Reds - S Ognenovski 30, R Griffiths 53, Cassio 62,81, T Dodd 88.
Red Cards : Reds - Cassio 81.
Referee - M Breeze. Crowd - 34,736 at Telstra Dome.
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)