|Adelaide were left to rue the one that got away while the
Mariners were buoyant at their salvage mission after Adelaide
surrendered a 3-0 lead against Central Coast in just 18 minutes.
A penalty to Travis Dodd got the Reds off to a flying start, with
Cornthwaite adding another before the game was even 20 years
old. And when Cristiano found space to slam home the Reds'
third shortly before half time, they were in a comanding position.
But the Mariners, showing a determination that has been a
feature throughout their A-League existence, weren't beaten
yet and worked their way back into the contest.
A contentious penalty enabled Mile Jedinak to get the Mariners
on the board, and just 9 minutes later Jedinak's long-range strike
reduced the margin to 3-2. And with time running out, Reds'
keeper Eugene Galekovic was caught out of position, enabling
Matt Simon to pounce on the ball and level the scores. In the
final moments of the game, the Mariners pressed for an unlikely
winner. It wasn't to be, but turning a 3-0 deficit into a draw was
a fine achievement by Central Coast.
Adelaide United 3 (T Dodd 7pen, R Cornthwaite 19, Cristiano
Central Coast Mariners 3 (M Jedinak 66pen, 75, M Simon 84).
Yellow Cards : Reds - Cristiano 31, A Costanzo 66, S Jamieson
73, R Ognenovski 79, R Cornthwaite 85. Mariners - A Clark 9, P
Referee - B Williams. Crowd - 9,074 at Hindmarsh Stadium.
A solid performance by Melbourne Victory, helped along by an
error-riddled shocker from Perth Glory, gave the Melbourne side a
comprehensive 4-0 win and outright top spot on the ladder.
It took 25 minutes for the first to come, but it came after a
bungled defensive clearance went straight to Grant Brebner. And
shortly before half time the Victory doubled their lead when a
shot from Danny Allsopp was blocked, only for the ball to
rebound to Allsopp; and with the defenders out of position the
goal was an obvious result.
2-0 down at half-time, the Glory needed to lift their game to
have any hope of getting away with a result. But instead, within
minutes of the restart, Vargas scored the Victory's third to put
the game out of reach. Allsopp's second goal with 19 minutes to
go completed the rout.
Melbourne Victory 4 (G Brebner 25, D Allsopp 40,71 R Vargas
Perth Glory 0.
Yellow Cards : Victory - Nil. Glory - J Harnwell 17, A Pellegrino
Referee - S Delovski. Crowd - 18,036 at Telstra Dome.
|ROUND 8 FIXTURES
Friday 17th October
Queensland Roar v Adelaide United
(Suncorp Stadium, 8:00pm)
Saturday 18th October
Newcastle Jets v Melbourne Victory
(Energy Australia Stadium, 7:00pm)
Sunday 19th October
Central Coast Mariners v Wellington P'nix
(Bluetongue Stadium, 3:00pm)
Perth Glory v Sydney FC
(Members Equity Stadium, 5:00pm)
ROUND 9 FIXTURES
Friday 24th October
Central Coast Mariners v Newcastle Jets
(Bluetongue Stadium, 8:00pm)
Saturday 25th October
Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC
(Telstra Dome, 7:00pm)
Sunday 26th October
Wellington Phoenix v Queensland Roar
(Westpac Stadium, 3:00pm)
Adelaide United v Perth Glory
(Hindmarsh Stadium, 5:00pm)
All times shown are Sydney time
|A lacklustre first half in wet condiitions saw few scoring opportunities and little to get the
crowd excited. But the game sprung to life just minutes after the break when Roar striker
Charlie Miller fired a speculator from the edge of the box that beat the outstretched arms of
Sydney keeper Clint Bolton into the corner of the net.
The Roar were on a row, and created several chances over the next 20 minutes that would
have put them into a virtually unbeatable position. But the chances went begging, going
high, wide or straight into Bolton's gloves.
The clock ticked down, with Sydney having few chances to get back into the game. But,
with the clock deep in injury time, Stuart Musialik weaved his way around the Roar defence
to make his way into the box. Slamming the ball with all the power he had, Musialik's strike
hit the Roar net to salvage a point for the Sky Blues and break Queensland hearts. A game
that had looked like a Roar win was suddenly a draw. Musalik's goal was against the run of
play, but immensely valuable in keeping Sydney in the top 2.
Click here to see Harboursport's photo gallery from this game.
Sydney FC 1 (S Musialik 90).
Queensland Roar 1 (C Miller 48).
Yellow Cards : Sydney - S Musalik 86. Roar - C Miller 45.
Referee - M Breeze. Crowd - 12,403 at Sydney Football Stadium.
A public holiday clash in Newcastle saw the Jets and Phoenix fight out a 2-2 draw. It was a
game of two distinct halves, the first dour and defensive, the second free-flowing, high
scoring and producing a finish that would go down to the wire.
It was scoreless at the break, but Shane Smeltz would step up to the penalty spot early in
the second half to put the Phoenix ahead. That lead was to be short-lived however, with
Tariq Elrich went long and beat Phoenix keeper Mark Paston to get the Jets on the board.
The Jets hit the lead with 22 minutes to go when Kaz Patafta received a perfectly directed
header from Zura to score from point blank range. But when the match was headed for a
2-1 win for Newcastle, the Phoenix had other ideas; and when Leilei Gao was brought down
in the box with just moments to go, a chance had appeared to salvage a draw. Shane
Smeltz stepped up and no mistake, and 2-2 was how it finished.
Newcastle Jets 2 (T Elrich 59, K Patafta 68).
Wellington Phoenix 2 (S Smeltz 52pen, 89pen).
Yellow Cards : Jets - N Spencer 19, J Hakansson 45, T Elrich 49). Phoenix - Nil.
Referee - C Zetter. Crowd - 8,492 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)