|Central Coast maintained their position in the top when they
came from behind to defeat local rivals Newcastle 2-1 in their
Boxing Day clash at Energy Australia Stadium.
In the early minutes of the game, Marko Jesic was brought down
in the area, with Joel Griffiths making no mistake from the spot
to give the Jets the early lead. Spurred on by one of their best
crowds this season, the Jets dominated the first half; and had it
not been for a fine save by Danny Vukovic to deny Matthew
Thompson the Jets would have doubled their lead.
After the break, Mariners' coach Laurie McKinna brought Matt
Simon on; and the striker brought the Central Coast side back to
life. On the hour, a shot rebounded off the crossbar. 7 minutes
later, Sasho Petrovski got around Jets' defender Jade North to
head the ball into the Newcastle net and level the scores. And
on 80 minutes, Simon was too quick for the Jets' defence,
shaking off the attentions of two opponents to slam home the
Newcastle Jets 1 (J Griffiths 9pen)
Central Coast Mariners 2 (S Petrovski 67, M Simon 80).
Yellow Cards : Jets - A Griffiths 6. Mariners - M Petrovski 43,
M Simon 90.
Red Cards : Mariners - D Macallister 90.
Referee - P O'Leary. Crowd - 11,413 at Energy Australia
The biggest crowd in Perth since the opening of the A-League
saw Adelaide retain top spot on the ladder after the Reds
overcame a determined Glory side to take a 1-0 victory.
The goal came not long before the break, when Glory captain
Jamie Harnwell was unable to clear the ball out of the danger
zone, with Kristian Sarkies pouncing on the loose ball to power
home the goal.
The Glory had numerous chances to level the game during the
second half, but some spectacular goalkeeping from Eugene
Galekovic and some poor finishing by the strikers when their
opportunities were presented ensured the 1-0 scoreline would
remain and the Reds would stay on top.
Perth Glory 0
Adelaide United 1 (K Sarkies 39).
Yellow Cards : Glory - E Dadi 21, W Srhoj 49, M Anthony 78, N
Rukavytsya 90. Reds - Cassio 80.
Referee - C Zetter. Crowd - 12,581 at Members Equity Stadium.
|ROUND 18 FIXTURES
Wednesday 31st December
Central Coast Mariners v Perth Glory
(Bluetongue Stadium, 6:00pm)
Friday 2nd January
Melbourne Victory v Queensland Roar
(Telstra Dome, 8:00pm)
Saturday 3rd January
Adelaide United v Sydney FC
(Adelaide Oval, 8:00pm)
Sunday 4th January
Wellington Phoenix v Newcastle Jets
(Westpac Stadium, 5:00pm)
ROUND 15 CATCH-UP FIXTURE
Tuesday 6th January
Melbourne Victory v Adelaide United
(Telstra Dome, 7:30pm)
ROUND 19 FIXTURES
Friday 9th January
Adelaide United v Newcastle Jets
(Hindmarsh Stadium, 8:00pm)
Saturday 10th January
Central Coast Mainers v Queensland Roar
(Bluetongue Stadium, 7:00pm)
Sunday 11th January
Sydney FC v Wellington Phoenix
(Sydney Football Stadium, 6:00pm)
Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory
(Members Equity Stadium, 8:00pm)
ROUND 16 FIXTURES
Wednesday 14th January
Adelaide United v Queensland Roar
(Hindmarsh Stadium, 8:00pm)
All times shown are Sydney time
|The knives were out for Sydney FC after their lamentable performance before Christmas,
but the Sky Blues came out firing when they took on nemesis Melbourne Victory at Telstra
Dome. Early strikes from Shannon Cole and Brendan Gan saw the visitors already holding a
2-0 lead before the latecomers had even entered the stadium.
But Melbourne came fighting back. The ball went loose towards the boundary, and Archie
Thompson chased it down before colliding with Sydney coach John Kosmina in front of the
Sydney bench and forcing the Sydney mentor to ground. Minutes later, a flick pass from
Carlos Hernandez got the Victory on the board.
Sydney led 2-1 at the break, but with a large and vocal crowd urging the Victory on, the
locals dominated possession in the second half. Substitutes Nick Ward and Ney Fabiano
scored in the final 20 minutes to complete the Victory's comeback and condemn Sydney to
their third straight defeat.
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Melbourne Victory 3 (A Thompson 14, N Ward 71, N Fabiano 79)
Sydney FC 2 (S Cole 1, B Gan 4).
Yellow Cards : Victory - B Celeski 43. Sydney - I Fyfe 45, S Cole 52, M Jurman 62.
Referee - M Breeze. Crowd - 25,398 at Telstra Dome.
Queensland Roar maintained second spot on the table when they twice came from behind
before snatching a last-minute winner to deny Wellington Phoenix at Suncorp Stadium.
In the first half, an own goal by Luke DeVere gave the Phoenix the early lead, which was
cancelled out when Phoenix keeper Glen Moss was unable to control the ball after a save,
seeing the ball spill clear for Matt McKay to score the easiest of goals.
The second half started at breakneck speed. In the second minute of the half, a cross from
Leo Bertos found Troy Hearfield to restore the Phoenix's lead. But just a minute later, a
strike from Sergio van Dijk again levelled the match.
As the clock ticked into injury time, young substitute Tommy Oar landed a fine strike to give
the Queenslanders the game. It was a result that sees the Roar still in the double-chance
position, but one which makes it tougher for the Phoenix in their quest to become the first
New Zealand side to qualify for the A-League finals.
Queensland Roar 3 (M McKay 38, S van Dijk 48, T Oar 90).
Wellington Phoenix 2 (L DeVere 11og, T Hearfield 46).
Yellow Cards : Roar - J McCloughan 63, C Moore 68. Phoenix - A Durante 37,90, T
Brown 45, M Muscat 86, J McKain 87.
Red Cards : Phoenix - A Durante 90.
Referee - B Williams. Crowd - 13,115 at Suncorp 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 1 2010-11
A Tale of Two Matches
A-League Round 2 2010-11
A-League Round 3 2010-11
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)