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A-LEAGUE
Making their first appearance for the season after an opening round,
Wellington Phoenix looked set to take a first-up win before Gold
Coast fought back to equalise the game at 3-3.
On a water-logged pitch, with the ball often landing in puddles and
players struggling to generate any speed on the heavy track, the
Phoenix got off to an early lead when Leo Bertos set up Paul Ifill
who made no mistake to slam the ball into the corner of the Gold
Coast net.
Gold Coast equalised with 10 minutes to go before the break when
Manny Muscat was penalised slightly outside the area. Jason Culina
took the free kick, which curled over the wall to where Shane
Smeltz was waiting for the easiest of headers. But the Phoenix
immediately got the lead back, moving the ball forward to a scramble
in front of goals where Chris Greenacre tapped the ball into the Gold
Coast net.
It was 2-1 at the break, and 10 minutes after the restart the
Phoenix extended their lead. A free kick from Leo Bertos made it
into the area, and again it was a simple tap-in for Chris Greenacre to
bring up his 2nd.
With 15 minutes to go, Gold Coast got back into the contest, and it
was former Phoenix striker Shane Smeltz who would bring up his
second goal after a one-two play with Jason Culina. Gold Coast by
now were on top around the park, and searched desperately for the
equaliser as the clock continued to tick down.
But when it was looking like time would run out, Socceroo Jason
Culina snatched the goal to level the scores. Only one minute of
regulation time was still on the clock when Joel Porter crossed and
Culina was there to head home the goal. In six A-League games so
far this season, this was to be the third 3-3 draw.
Wellington Phoenix 3 (C Greenacre 37,55, P Ifill 6)
Gold Coast United 3 (S Smeltz 36,74, J Culina 86)
Phoenix –
M Paston, M Muscat, T Lochhead, T Brown, L Bertos (Daniel
83), P Ifill, C Greenacre, V Lia, B Sigmund, A Durante, D Macallister (T
Hearfield 72).
Subs not used – J Gould, O Roberto Cornejo.
United – G Moss, M Thwaite, D Djulbic, Z Caravella, A Alves de Silva (T
Minniecon 73), S Smeltz, J Culina, B Van den Brink (R Alves de Silva 62), J
Porter, K Rees (S Pantelidis 66), J Brown.
Sub not used – S Higgins.
Yellow Cards : Phoenix – L Bertos 22, A Durante 48, B Sigmund 80. United
D Djulbic 18, M Thwaite 55, T Minniecon 90+2.
Red Cards – Nil.
Referee – P O’Leary. Crowd – 8,300 at Westpac Stadium.
ROUND 3
Friday 20th August
Adelaide v Melbourne Heart (8:00pm)
Saturday 21st August
Perth v Newcastle (5:15pm)
Brisbane v Sydney (7:30pm)
Sunday 22nd August
Wellington v Central Coast (1:00pm)
Melb Victory v Nth Queensland (3:00pm)


ROUND 4
Friday 27th August
Brisbane v Wellington (8:00pm)
Saturday 28th August
Nth Queensland v Adelaide (5:15pm)
Sydney FC v Central Coast (7:30pm)
Sunday 29th August
Gold Coast v Melbourne (3:00pm)
Melbourne Heart v Perth (5:00pm)


All times shown are Sydney time.
 
Played
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agnst
Pts
G.D.
Streak
Perth Glory
2
1
1
0
5
3
4
+2
W1
North Queensland Fury
2
1
1
0
5
4
4
+1
W1
Central Coast Mariners
2
1
1
0
2
1
4
+1
D1
Gold Coast United
2
0
2
0
3
3
2
0
D2
Adelaide United
2
0
2
0
1
1
2
0
D2
Newcastle Jets
2
0
2
0
1
1
2
0
D2
Wellington Phoenix
1
0
1
0
3
3
1
0
D1
Brisbane Roar
1
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
D1
Sydney FC
2
0
2
0
4
5
1
-1
L1
Melbourne Heart
2
0
1
1
2
1
1
-1
D1
Melbourne Victory
2
0
1
1
3
5
1
-2
L1
Melbourne Heart hit the road for the first time, and returned with a share of the spoils, after
receiving the benefit of a late own goal to record a 1-1 draw against Newcastle.
The Jets made the early attacking, and had several scoring chances only for shots to sail over the
woodwork. Clint Bolton in goals was surperb for the Heart, producing a series of athletic saves to
prevent the Jets from opening the scoring. And the Heart suffered an early blow when Josip Skoko
was forced from the field with a hamstring injury in the first half.
But the scores remained locked at 0-0 at half time, and so they would remain till the hour. The Jets
looked to have earned a penalty when Michael Bridges went down in the area, but the referee
elected not to award the shot from the spot. But at that point, the Jets finally achieved the
breakthrough they had been threatening for so long. Jeremy Brockie was the goal scorer, with a
solo effort after being given the ball close to the sidelines but centering play before his low shot
into the corner of the net caught Bolton unawares.
But when the Jets looked to be coasting to victory, an error cost them the win that had looked in
their keeping all evening. It came when Alex Terra chased a long ball, with Ben Kantarovsi gathering
the ball but lost control of it, the ball ballooning over keeper Ben Kennedy’s head into his own net.
And so the Heart earned their first point, while the Jets would rue a seemingly inevitable win that
got away.
Newcastle Jets 1 (J Brockie 60)
Melbourne Heart 1 (B Kantarovski 79og)
Jets –
B Kennedy, A D’Apuzzo, N Topor-Stanley, L Milicevic, B Kantarovski, K Wehrman (T Elrich 85), M
Bridges, R Zadkovich, J Brockie (L Haliti 74), M Jesic, A Abbas (J Wheelhouse 64).
Sub not used – P Henderson.
Heart – C Bolton, M Marrone, S Colosimo, M Beauchamp, M Thompson, R Worm, G Sibon, A Terra, J Skoko
(W Srhoj 19), N Kalmar (B Hamill 61), D Heffernan (E Babalj 77).
Sub not used – P Zois.
Yellow Cards : Jets – A Abbas 45, M Bridges 50, B Kantarovski 65 Heart – Nil.  
Red Cards – Nil.
Referee - R Shepheard. Crowd – 8,735 at Energy Australia Stadium.

Defending champions Sydney FC travelled to Townsville on Saturday night to take on North
Queensland, but the Sky Blues suffered a shock defeat as the Fury took out an upset 2-1 victory.
There were few scoring opportunities in the first half. Alex Brosque had a chance but hit the ball
into the side netting, while for the Fury Ufuk Talay found himself with only the keeper to beat but
hit the ball high and wide.
But the game opened up in the second half, both sides looking to attack. And just after the hour,
Chris Payne crossed to Chris Grossman at the edge of the area, and a lightning-fast strike evaded
the dive of Sydney FC keeper Liam Reddy into the corner of the net to give the home side the lead.
As the clock began to count down, Sydney FC pressed hard and forced a succession of corners.
And with eight minutes to go, the Sky Blues got the game back on level terms; a cross from Terry
McFlynn being headed home by Scott Jamieson.
But just a minute later, the Fury were back in front. Substitute Dyron Daal slammed the ball
forward, and Liam Reddy’s fingertips got a touch but not enough to prevent the ball from hitting
the net. It was a super strike, which brought the small but vocal home ground to their feet. The
Fury slowed play down during the latter stages, preventing any chance of a late equaliser as the
Fury could sense a meritorious victory.
North Queensland Fury 2 (C Grossman 65, D Daal 83)
Sydney FC 1 (S Jamieson 82).
Fury –
J Pasfield, E Akoto, M Hughes, U Talay (O Malik 46), G Edds, E Ssepuya (D Daal 67), D Williams (A
Casey 85), C Grossman, C Payne, S Storey, I Cernak.
Sub not used – M Ham.
Sydney – L Reddy, S Ryall (S Cole 79), S Keller (A Golek 55), H Foxe, S Musialik, N Carle, A Brosque, T
McFlynn, S Jamieson, S-H Byun, R Grant (K Danning 71).
Sub not used – I Necevski.
Yellow Cards : Fury – D Daal 85, S Storey 90+3. Sydney – Nil.
Red Cards – Nil.
Referee – P Green. Crowd – 5,177 at Dairy Farmers Stadium.

Melbourne Victory played their first home game at their new home ground when they hosted Perth
Glory on Saturday night. But the visitors from the West would spoil the Victory’s party when the
Glory completed an upset 2-0 win.
The Victory had an early chance when Surat Sukha had a run down the sideline before crossing to
Adrian Leijer, but the shot sailed wide. But it was the Glory who would take the lead after 23
minutes. A corner by Robbie Fowler wasn’t cleaned up properly by Michael Petkovic, and the crumbs
found Jamie Harnwell unattended at close range for a simple tap-in, and the crowd watched in
stunned silence as the Glory took the lead.
The Victory pressed hard late in the first half, and went close to equalising when Tom Pondeljak
was one-out with Glory keeper Tando Velaphi, but the shot went straight into Velaphi’s arms and
the chance was gone.
And four minutes after the break, the Glory doubled their lead. Todd Howarth took advantage of a
turnover by Grant Brebner, taking the ball into the Victory’s area. Robbie Fowler was double-teamed
by Glory defenders, but managed to get the ball back to Mile Sterjovski who volleyed the ball from
the edge of the area into the Victory net.
The Victory were on the back foot, but continued to work hard for the remainder of the match.
They created scoring chances, but a succession of acrobatic saves by Tando Velaphi denied the
Victory a chance to get back into the contest. And so the Victory were left shocked, as their first
game at their new stadium went against all expectations as the high-flying Victory were defeated.
Melbourne Victory 0
Perth Glory 2 (J Harnwell 23, M Sterjovski 49).
Victory –
M Petkovic, A Leijer, K Muscat, R Vargas, E Berger, S Sukha (B Celeski 46), G Brebner, L Broxham (D
Ferreira 76), C Hernandez, M Dugandzic, T Pondeljak (M Angulo 63).
Sub not used – S Mattei.
Glory – T Velaphi, S Neville, J Harnwell, J Coyne, N Sekulovski, M Sterjovski (H Fondyke 84), A Pellegrino, J
Burns, S McGarry, T Howarth, R Fowler (B Jelic 82).
Subs not used – A Jukic, A Vrteski.
Yellow Cards : Victory – G Brebner 37. Glory – S Neville 43.
Red Cards – Nil.
Referee – G Parsons. Crowd – 20,385 at AAMI Park.

Central Coast were the only team to win in the opening round of the season. Returning home in
round 2, the Mariners found themselves having to come from behind in the second half, but
bounced back to force a draw against Adelaide.
The Reds thought they’d taken the lead early, after Sergio Van Dijk pounced on a corner and
tapped the ball into the Mariners’ net; but the assistant referee’s offside flag went up to disallow
the goal. The Reds continued to look dangerous, with Lucas Pantelis’s shot sailing agonisingly wide
of the woodwork and with a minute to go in the first half, it took an athletic save by Mariners’
keeper Jess Van Stratten to prevent the Reds from taking the lead.
But one minute was added on to the first half, and the Reds took the lead during that minute. A
free kick from Pantelis went into the area, but the Mariners’ defenders went missing at the critical
moment, resulting in the ball spilling free to Iain Fyfe to tap the ball in for the simplest of goals and
give the Reds a 1-0 lead at the break.
The Mariners had struggled to create any chances in the first half, but the momentum changed in
the second half as the home side went on the attack. Some acrobatic heroics by Adelaide keeper
Eugene Galekovic frustrated the Mariner charge, as Galekovic pulled off a string of amazing saves.
But eventually the Mariners would get the goal they strove so hard for, with Matt Simon going for
broke from the edge of the area with a strike that powered its way into the corner of the net to
level the scores. The game then wound down, with both sides happy to share the points.
Central Coast Mariners 1 (M Simon 84)
Adelaide United 1 (I Fyfe 45+1).
Mariners –
J Van Stratten, A Wilkinson, J Rose, P Zwaanswijk, B Porter (P Bojic 82), J Hutchinson, O Bozniac,
M McGlinchey, M Simon, A Kwasnik (R Griffiths 60), D McBreen (A Mrdja 71).
Sub not used – M Ryan.
Reds – E Galekovic, I Fyfe, D Mullen, Cassio, L Pantelis, A Hughes, S Van Dijk (F Monterosso 90+4), M Flores
(I Ramsay 71), P Reid, I Shin (C Watson 68), M Leckie.
Sub not used – M Birighitti.
Yellow Cards : Mariners – J Rose 18, P Zwaanswijk 70, O Bosniac 90+4. Reds – A Hughes 15,86, D Mullen
36, E Galekovic 87.
Red Cards : Reds – A Hughes 86.
Referee – K Griffiths. Crowd – 8,447 at Bluetongue 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 13 2009-10
A-League Rnd 13 Midweek 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 4 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)
Sydney FC v Adelaide United (23/11/12)