Hyundai A-League Season 6

Gold Coast took one more step
By Nick Guoth

A-League 2010/2011 - Round 26
5pm, Sunday 6 February, 2011 - East Perth Oval (nib Stadium)

Perth Glory FC 1
(Adam Taggart 75’)
lost to
Gold Coast United FC 2
(Shane Smeltz 33’ pen, 55’ pen)

(Photo linked from FFA site)

Gold Coast took one more step towards a better position in the Top Four when they defeated Perth Glory by two goals to one in Round 26 action of the Hyundai A-League at nib Stadium in Perth on Sunday night.

It was a case of Perth paying the penalty for not being good enough at either end of the field. Twice they incrrued the indignity of fouling an opponent in their penalty area and twice they were punished.

Yet, for Perth, their real problem was at the other end of the park. Continuously they threatened, yet they lacked the required quality to obtain the desired result. It was not until the man of the moment, Jamie Hanrwell, moved forward that any real chance was taken.

Harnwell was given a good farewell by his fans, but the opposition were not so kind. He was playing the last of his 255 games for Perth and his service and 55 goals will be well remembered.

Yet it was his defence that will be remembered in this game, and the tackle on Golggol Mebrahtu that not only caused a penalty against his side, but the accidental shoulder injury to the opponent. Mebrahtu was later taken to hospital with a suspected dislocated shoulder.

Up stepped Shane Smeltz, relishing his return to the A-League, and he put away the spot kick easily. There is rumor that Smeltz may be moving across the country to Perth and he would certainly be a well-chosen addition alongside the likes of Adam Taggart and hopefully Robbie Fowler.

It was the first main involvement of either of the two great forwards, both he and Fowler being bottled up by the opposing defences. In fact the opening half-hour was quite tame and towards the end of the period the only real chances came from long shots.

Following the break Harnwell must have had his heart in his mouth when he appeared to have fouled opposing captain Michael Thwaite. If referee Jared Gillet had ruled against him, Harnwell’s last memory may have been an early walk to the dressing room, but the referee was kind this time.

Yet, Gillet was not so to Josh Mitchell when he came in and took out Mebrahtu’s substitute Adama Traore ten minutes into the period. Smeltz came again and the result was the same.

The introduction of Tommy Amphlet on the right seemed to spark Perth although the loss of Naum Sekulovski to a possible ankle strain was a negative. The youngster though started to carve potential opportunities for his teammates, who somewhat were never in the right position to take advantage.

Even so, just after they went down to the second penalty, Perth should have scored. A slip by the defence allowed Taggart in and although his great first touch took him around Glenn Moss, his second was all at sea. The youngster, only seventeen years old, chose to tap the ball with the outside of his right foot instead of using his balancing leg to plant the ball into the empty net. The result was foregone as the ball ambled towards the goal and was easily extracated from danger.

Yet, Taggart would get his say with a quarter of an hour to go. A long ball from defence by Mitchell found Harnwell leaping high to head on the ball, the defender having moved forward. The ball fell perfectly for Taggart to volley past the stranded Moss.

Perth now threw everything at the Gold Coast and the game was set for Harnwell to have the final say with his own equaliser, but when the chance came his header went over the bar. The home team pounded the Gold Coast goal, but were unable to find a way through.

The result sees the Gold Coast move closer to Adelaide and Central Coast, lest to say they still have to play both Central Coast and Brisbane. If they win both of these and the Central Coast lose their final two, Gold Coast could take second place.

A-League 2010/2011 - Round 26
5pm, Sunday 6 February, 2011 - East Perth Oval (nib Stadium)

Perth Glory FC 1
(Adam Taggart 75’)
lost to
Gold Coast United FC 2
(Shane Smeltz 33’ pen, 55’ pen)

    Crowd: 6,617


    Perth Glory FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Tando Velaphi (gk), 2. Josh Mitchell, 6. Jamie Harnwell (c), 7. Jacob Burns, 9. Robbie Fowler, 12. Scott Neville, 14. Steven McGarry (18. Brent Griffiths +71’), 16. Adriano Pellegrino, 19. Naum Sekulovski (17. Todd Howarth +60’), 24. Joshua Risdon (13. Tommy Amphlett +60’), 26. Adam Taggart

    Substitutes not used: 20. Alex Pearson (rgk)

    Coach: David Mitchell

    Yellow Cards: Scott Neville 20’, Jacob Burns 24’, Jamie Harnwell 31’
    Red Cards: Nil

    Gold Coast United FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Glenn Moss (gk), 2. Steve Pantelis, 3. Michael Thwaite (c), 6. Dino Djulbic, 7. Zenon Caravella, 8. Anderson, 9. Shane Smeltz (27. Chris Harold +91’), 15. Tahj Minniecon (23. Steve Fitzsimmons +73’), 16 Kristian Rees, 21. Golggol Mebrahtu (22. Adama Traore +33’)

    Substitutes not used: 20. Scott HIGGINS (rgk)

    Coach: Miron Bleiberg

    Yellow Cards: Nil
    Red Cards: Nil

    Referee: Jared Gillet 8/10
    Assistants: Matthew Cheeseman, Josh Manella, 4th official: Michael Nugus

    Pitch rating: 8.5/10

    Game rating: 7/10

    BOTN Player Points:

    3. Dino Djulbic (GC)
    2. Adriano Pelligrino (PG)
    1. Adam Raggart (PG)

    Match Report by Nikki Brown

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