A-League: HAL 8 (2012 - 2013 Season)
Round 10 Review
Jeremy Ruane
(with the compliments of www.sportswebsoccer.com)

'Top Two Surge Further Clear Of Rivals'

Central Coast Mariners and Adelaide United have surged further clear of their rivals in the Hyundai A-League after this weekend’s tenth round action, which saw both sides score victories which were rather contrasting in fashion, to put it mildly.

On Friday evening at Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide came out all guns blazing against Melbourne Victory, and scored four goals in a barnstorming opening half-hour to bring the visitors’ five-match unbeaten end to an emphatic conclusion.

Adelaide prevailed 4-2 to the delight of the majority of the 14,115-strong crowd, who saw both goal-nets bulge inside the opening five minutes of a heated encounter, a phrase which refers not only to the mid-thirties temperatures in which the match took place.

Referee Chris Beath issued the first of nine yellow cards inside the first sixty seconds of the match, and within a further minute signalled its first goal, Adelaide youngster Evan Kostopoulos stabbing home the opening goal after team-mate Fabio Ferreira made in-roads round the left-hand side of Melbourne’s defence.

The home fans’ celebrations were silenced two minutes later as the visitors struck back in stunning fashion, Marco Rojas’ cross swept home by Andrew Nabbout to level the scores.

But the home team struck twice in three minutes half-way through the half to ram home their advantage, Ferreira benefiting from a lovely lay-off from Marcelo Carrusca before the provider turned scorer in emphatic fashion, starting and finishing a sweeping move with a curling shot which left Melbourne ‘keeper Nathan Coe groping in vain.

3-1 became 4-1 soon afterwards when Carrusca’s pinpoint free-kick was headed home from close range by the unmarked Kostopoulos, and while Rojas pulled a goal back for Melbourne soon after half-time, that was as good as it got for the third-placed team, who saw their second-placed rivals take the overnight lead in the league with this win.

Central Coast ensured that Adelaide’s return to the top spot would only be temporary as, twenty-four hours later, they saw off fourth-placed Newcastle Jets 2-0 at Hunter Stadium, much to the chagrin of the majority of the 13,112 fans present, who saw locally-born striker Daniel McBreen come back to haunt his hometown club.

After an uninspiring first half, the F3 derby was transformed four minutes into the second spell by the first of McBreen’s brace of goals, his unerring strike rewarding Josh Rose’s industry. Seventeen minutes later, Michael McGlinchey’s pinpoint corner found the head of the league’s leading scorer as he lurked unmarked in the goalmouth.

Elsewhere, a last-gasp goal from appropriate named Melbourne Heart substitute Golgol Mebrahtu earned his side a 1-0 victory over Perth Glory at AAMI Park in an at times temperamental tussle which was eventually settled after the substitute added the finishing touches to the industry of Josip Tadic, and Clint Bolton had enhanced his reputation as one of the league’s best number ones.

Western Sydney Wanderers also left it late in edging out Brisbane Roar 1-0 at Parramatta Stadium, where Shinji Ono’s 87th minute penalty, while delighting the 6,755 attendees, also sent the league’s newest team into fourth place, having started the day in ninth!

Youssouf Hersi signalled the home team’s intentions when rattling the crossbar in the eighth minute, and they continued to hold the ascendancy until the half-time whistle, after which the reigning champions came out all guns blazing.

The home team survived that onslaught, and earned a penalty three minutes from time which Ono converted, prompting Brisbane to throw everything but the kitchen sink at their hosts in the time remaining. Mitch Nichols hit the bar and Shane Stefanutto the post in a frantic finale, but Western Sydney held on for a welcome win.

Wellington Phoenix, meanwhile, spurned the chance to climb into fourth spot when downed 2-1 at Westpac Stadium by ten-man Sydney FC, who had Terry McFlynn sent off for committing his second bookable offence five minutes from time.

He was one of five visiting players to incur the wrath of referee Kris Griffiths-Jones in a foul-ridden encounter watched by 7,375 fans - another low attendance offering further evidence that Wellington’s owners should consider playing more matches around the countryside, where they would enjoy greater support than is evident in their home base.

Frank Farina’s side stole the natives’ thunder when Sebastian Ryall headed home the opening goal in first half stoppage time, and Rhyan Grant doubled the visitors’ advantage twenty minutes from time before Wellington, after McFlynn’s departure, finally threatened as an attacking force, Jeremy Brockie setting up a grandstand finish with a stoppage time penalty.

Central Coast and Melbourne Heart kick off next weekend’s action at Bluetongue Stadium in the first of two matches on Friday evening, the other seeing Perth and Newcastle lock horns at NIB Stadium.

Twenty-four hours later, Melbourne Victory and Brisbane do battle at AAMI Park prior to the Sydney derby at Allianz Stadium, while on the Sabbath, Adelaide welcome Wellington to Hindmarsh Stadium.

Details: Hyundai A-League, Round 10:

Adelaide United FC 4 (E. Kostopoulos (2, 32), F. Ferreira (21), M. Carrusca (24)) - Melbourne Victory FC 2 (A. Nabbout (4), M. Rojas (48)); HT 4-1
Melbourne Heart FC 1 (G. Mebrahtu (89)) - Perth Glory FC 0 HT; 0-0
Newcastle Jets FC 0 - Central Coast Mariners FC 2 (D. McBreen (49, 66)); HT 0-0 Wellington Phoenix FC 1 (J. Brockie (90 pen)) - Sydney FC 2 (S. Ryall (45), R. Grant (70)); HT 0-1 Western Sydney Wanderers FC 1 (S. Ono (87 pen)) - Brisbane Roar FC 0; HT 0-0

By Jeremy Raune, from NZ

Details: Youth-League, Round 8:

Brisbane Roar FC 2 (Nick Fitzgerald 55, Anthony Proia 90+4) - Melbourne Heart FC 3 (Steve Gray 13, Joshua Groenewald 19, 26)
Melbourne Victory FC 5 (Cristaldo 14, Pain 19, 21, Dilevski 52, O'Dea 90+4) - Australian Institute of Sport 0
Western Sydney Wanderers FC 0 - Sydney FC 3 (Petrovski 15', Urosevski 26', 70')
Adelaide United FC 6 (Mabil 8, van Dijk 20, 55, Wooding 35, Melling 45, Briscoe 85) - Perth Glory FC 2 (Makeche 1, 70)
Newcastle Jets FC 4 (Grossman '9, Hoole '20, Bradbery '31, '40) - Central Coast Mariners FC 3 (Dixon '35, Neill '51, Cirjak '86)

Details: Womens League, Round 8:

Brisbane Roar FC 2 (Tameka Butt 61’, Katrina Gorry 86’) - Perth Glory FC 2 (Kate Gill 35’, Marianna Tabain 45’)
Western Sydney Wanderers FC 4 (Louise Fors 6’, 67’, Sarah Walsh 8’, Servet Uzunlar 40’) - Adelaide United FC 0
Canberra United FC 1 (Nicole Sykes 34’) - Newcastle Jets FC 0
Melbourne Victory FC 1 (Maika Ruyter-Hooley 27’) - Sydney FC 1 (Caitlin Foord 4’)


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