Played
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agnst
Pts
G.D.
Streak
Gold Coast United
1
1
0
0
3
1
3
+2
W1
Central Coast Mariners
1
1
0
0
2
0
3
+2
W1
Newcastle Jets
1
1
0
0
3
2
3
+1
W1
Sydney FC
1
1
0
0
3
2
3
+1
W1
Adelaide United
1
1
0
0
1
0
3
+1
W1
North Queensland Fury
1
0
0
1
2
3
0
-1
L1
Wellington Phoenix
1
0
0
1
2
3
0
-1
L1
Perth Glory
1
0
0
1
0
1
0
-1
L1
Brisbane Roar
1
0
0
1
1
3
0
-2
L1
Melbourne Victory
1
0
0
1
0
2
0
-2
L1
The fifth season of the A-League began on Thursday night with
defending champions Melbourne Victory taking on Central Coast
Mariners. The weekday timeslot, although suitable for pay-TV, had a
negative effect at the turnstyles; with the crowd of 18,855 well
down on the average at Docklands in previous seasons.
And it wasn't the start to their title defence the Victory were
looking for when within 15 minutes they found themselves already
two goals down. The first came at 10 minutes, when a free kick
from John Hutchinson deflected off the wall into the path of the
waiting John Simon, who with only the keeper to beat slammed the
ball into the corner of the net.
Five minutes later the Mariners had doubled their lead when Michael
McGlinchey took an ambitious shot from 30 metres out that, when it
deflected off Roddy Vargas, left Victory keeper Glen Moss stuck out
of position and powerless to prevent the ball from hitting the net.
Stung by the early goals, the Victory slowly steadied and had periods
in the second half when they peppered the Mariners' goal. But the
Central Coast defence held firm, the Mariners pulling off the first
upset of the new season.
Melbourne Victory 0
Central Coast Mariners 2
(M Simon 10, M McGlinchey 15)
Victory - G Moss, K Muscat (B Celeski 72), L Broxham, M Kemp, G Brebner
(N Ward 76), D Allsopp, A Thompson, R Vargas, T Pondeljak (N Fabiano 64),
C Hernandez, E Berger.
Sub not used - M Langerak.
Mariners - D Vukovic, P Bojic, B Porter, J Hutchinson, D Heffernan, M
McGlinchey (N Travis 80), N Boogaard, C Doig (A Elrich 72), A Wilkinson,
M Simon (D Macallister 63), A Kwasnik.
Sub not used - A Redmayne.
Yellow Cards : Victory - E Berger 41, N Ward 90+4. Mariners - N Boogaard
17, A Wilkinson 39, B Porter 64, J Hutchinson 67, M McGlinchey 78, N
Travis 90+4.
Red Cards - Nil.
Referee - M Breeze. Crowd - 18,855 at Docklands.

Adelaide United, a club in crisis after losing their second grand final
last season and after their first off-season that involved not playing in
the Asian Champions League, bounced back on the opening of the
new season with a 1-0 home win over Perth Glory at Hindmarsh
Stadium on Friday night.
The Reds suffered an early blow when Lucas Pantelis suffered a leg
injury and was forced off the field within the first 20 minutes.
But the home side's mood was to brighten 10 minutes later when
the wall was set at the edge of the area. Jamieson's kick failed to
make its way over the wall, but the referee noticed Chris Coyne
holding onto Robbie Cornthwaite's jumper and pointed to the
penalty spot. Travis Dodd put the shot into the net to score the
only goal of the match.
The Reds pressed hard, and blew a golden chance to double the
lead shortly before half-timeafter a great run by Cristiano caught the
Gloryt defence off-guard; but wasteful finishing saw the shot sail
over the bar.
But in the end, it took desperate defence by the Reds to hold the
fast-finishing Glory out. The WA side threatened several times in the
latter stages of the match to grab an equaliser, but it was not to
come and the home side was able to put their woes behind them
with the three points in the first match of the new season.
Adelaide United 1 (T Dodd 32pen)
Perth Glory 0
Reds -
E Galekovic, R Cornthwaite, Alemao, I Fyfe, Cassio, L Pantelis (M
Marrone 19), Cristiano, A Hughes, P Reid (J Costa 59), T Dodd, S Jamieson.
Subs not used - D Godley, I Shin.
Glory - T Velaphi, J Coyne (T Howarth 41), A Todd, C Coyne, J Burns, V
Sikora, S Neville, E Dadi (B Jelic 65), A Pellegrino (A Jukic 80), N Sekulovski,
M Sterjovski.
Sub not used - A Vrteski.
Yellow Cards : Reds - Cassio 66, T Dodd 84. Glory - T Velaphi 31, J Burns
31, V Sikora 83.
Red Cards - Nil.
Referee - C Zetter. Crowd - 13,847 at Hindmarsh Stadium.
ROUND 2
Friday 14th August
Central Coast v Newcastle (8:00pm)
Saturday 15th August
Gold Coast v North Queensland (5:30pm)
Melbourne v Brisbane (7:30pm)
Sunday 16th August
Wellington v Perth (3:00pm)
Sydney v Adelaide (5:00pm)

ROUND 3
Friday 21st August
Adelaide v Gold Coast (8:00pm)
Saturday 22nd August
Central Coast v Sydney (3:00pm)
North Queensland v Melbourne (5:00pm)
Sunday 23rd August
Brisbane v Wellington (5:00pm)
Perth v Newcastle (7:00pm)


All times shown are Sydney time.
A-League newcomers North Queensland Fury were widely expected to struggle, but although they
were defeated in their opening match by Sydney FC, the Fury lost no respect with a highly
competitive performance in which they scored twice.
It was a flying start for Sydney FC, when John Aloisi put the sky blues on the board in just the 4th
minute. A counter-attack caught the Fury defence off-guard; and with only the keeper to beat
Aloisi made no mistake. And before half an hour was out, Sydney had doubled their lead when
teenager Kofi Danning wrong-footed the Fury defence before a powerful low drive powered into
the corner of the net.
But just minutes before half time, Royston Griffiths earned his place in the record books with the
Fury's first goal, after heading a cross from Jason Spagnuolo into the Sydney net. And on the hour,
a foul on Spagnuolo saw the referee point to the spot. Marquee signing, former Liverpool star
Robbie Fowler, made no mistake and the match was back on even terms.
But the Fury's hard work was undone when Alex Brosque was brought down inside the box, and
again referee Delovski pointed to the spot. John Aloisi converted the penalty, and it was Sydney FC
who would take a hard-earned three points.
North Queensland Fury 2 (R Griffiths 41, R Fowler 60pen)
Sydney FC 3 (J Aloisi 4, 73pen, K Danning 28).
Fury - P Henderson, R Middleby, J Spagnuolo (J Robinson 68), R Fowler, J Hingert, P Kohler (D McBreen 82), J
Tambouras, K Dodd, R Griffiths, D Daal (D Williams 54), K Kaimoto.
Sub not used - J Pasfield.
Sydney - C Bolton, S Keller, S Colosimo, K Kisel, B Gan (S Corica 66), J Aloisi, K Danning (M Jurman 87), S
Cole, A Brosque, T McFlynn, Sung Hwan Byun.
Subs not used - I Necevski, M Bridge.
Yellow Cards - Nil.
Red Cards - Nil.
Referee - S Delovski. Crowd - 8,897 at Dairy Farmers Stadium.

Big-spending A-League newcomers Gold Coast United may not have had the opening fixture they
wanted when they were drawn to play away to Brisbane Roar, but they got the result they
wanted with a 3-1 first-up win.
A blockbuster crowd of nearly 20,000 was on hand, and they would see a nervous opening as both
sides took some time to find any fluent movement and a series of turnovers was a frustrating
beginning to the match. But after 17 minutes it was Gold Coast who were first to find their feet,
Joel Porter wrong-footing Craig Moore before passing to an unmarked Shane Smeltz to score the
first goal for the new club.
Frustrations would continue in a difficult first half, with four Roar players picking up yellow cards. The
referee would continue to play an active role throughout the match, with the whistle seemingly
being blown every few seconds and a total of 10 yellow cards being issued.
Gold Coast would double their lead on the hour, a quality strike by returning Socceroo Jason Culina
powering into the corner of the net. But the home side suddenly found their way back into the
contest when a penalty was awarded in the 90th minute, Sergio van Dijk making no mistake from
the spot.
But hopes of snatching an equaliser at the death were snuffed out within seconds of the Roar's
penalty being scored, when Robson Alves da Silva caught the Roar defence napping to drive home
the sealer and ensure the league's high profile newcomers a first-up win.
Brisbane Roar 1 (S van Dijk 90+1pen)
Gold Coast United 3 (S Smeltz 17, J Culina 59, R Alves da Silva 90+2).
Roar - L Reddy, A Packer (L DeVere 8), C Moore, J McCloughan, S van Dijk, M McKay, B Malcolm, M
Nichols, D Tiatto (C Miller 60), R Kruse, Henrique (M Zullo 67).
Sub not used - G McMaster.
Gold Coast - S Higgins, M Thwaite, D Piorkowski (K Rees 46), R Alves da Silva, A Griffiths, S Smeltz, J Culina,
B Van den Brink, J Porter (M Ferreira Dos Santos 72), T Minniecon (S Pantelidis 60), M Osman.
Sub not used - J
Tyson.
Yellow Cards : Roar - M Nichols 4, R Kruse 26, D Tiatto 42, C Moore 45+2, C Miller 62. Gold Coast - R
Alves da Silva 64, S Pantelidis 66, S Smeltz 82, J Culina 89, S Higgins 90.
Red Cards - Nil.
Referee - P Green. Crowd - 19,902 at Suncorp Stadium.

After last season being the first Australian side to take out the A-League's wooden spoon,
Newcastle Jets started the new season on a positive note with a 3-2 win over Wellington Phoenix
in front of a small crowd of just 6,655 at Energy Australia Stadium on Sunday.
The home side got off to a flying start when Jason Hoffman grabbed a double after just 22
minutes. But the home fans were quickly silenced when Ben Sigmund got one back for the Phoenix
before Chris Greenacre equalised shortly before half time.
The second half was tighter, but the Jets again grabbed the upper hand in the final minutes of the
game, when substitutes Sean Rooney and Jason Naidovski joined forces for Naidovski to slam home
the winner and give the Newcastle side some hope that 2009-10 would be a more positive season
than last year was.
Newcastle Jets 3 (J Hoffman 12,22, J Naidovski 84
Wellington Phoenix 2 (B Sigmund 26, C Greenacre 43).
Jets - B Kennedy, A Costanzo, A D'Apuzzo, L Milicevic, Jin-Hyung Song, M Thompson, S Petrovski (J
Naidovski 69), T Elrich, J Hoffman, F Vignaroli (S Rooney 78), C Triantis (N Topor-Stanley 90+2).
Sub not used
-
N Young.
Phoenix - M Paston, M Muscat, T Lochhead, J McKain, T Brown, L Bertos, P Ifill (Daniel 69), C Greenacre, T
Hearfield (Diego 78), B Sigmund, A Durante.
Subs not used - R Crowther, M Ferrante.
Yellow Cards : Jets - A D'Apuzzo 20, L Milicevic 73. Phoenix - J McKain 48, T Lochhead 59.
Red Cards - Nil.
Referee - C Beath. Crowd - 6,655 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
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 11 2009-10
A-League Round 12 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
A-League Round 1 2011-12
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)
AFC - Sydney FC v Suwon BW (2/3/11)
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)
Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory (10/03/12)
Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets (25/03/12)
Sydney FC v Perth Glory (28/10/12)