A-League: HAL 8 (2012 - 2013 Season)
Round 9 Review
02/12/2012
Jeremy Ruane
(with the compliments of www.sportswebsoccer.com)

'Change At The Top In A-League Title Race'

Central Coast Mariners climbed to the top of the Hyundai A-League table a third of the way into the season on Saturday evening, coming from behind to down previous leaders Adelaide United 2-1 at Bluetongue Stadium.

At the tail end of a sweltering day in New South Wales, 6,885 fans saw Bruce Djite give the table-toppers the lead against the run of play after seventeen minutes. The home team pounded away in pursuit of an equaliser, with Joshua Rose’s strike on the stroke of the interval transforming the half-time team talks.

There was only one team in it in the second spell, and Central Coast finally gained due reward for their dominance when Nick Montgomery notched his first goal for the season fourteen minutes from time to fire last season’s premiership phase winners back into familiar territory on the league table.

A superb Marco Rojas goal just before the hour mark earned Melbourne Victory a 1-0 win over Perth Glory at AAMI Park on Friday evening. Ange Postecoglou’s side now boast four wins and a draw from their last five matches, form which has propelled them up to third on the table, four points behind the new leaders.

Rojas had earlier clipped the crossbar in his quest to score for the home team, while fellow All White Shane Smeltz, who went closest to scoring for Perth when drawing a fine save from Nathan Coe late on, was fortunate to still be on the pitch at that point in the match, after an incident featuring his elbow and Billy Celeski’s face.

12,546 fans watched the Suncorp Stadium clash between reigning champions Brisbane Roar and Newcastle Jets, a contest settled by Besart Berisha’s 41st minute penalty, although it needed a couple of outstanding saves by team-mate Michael Theo to ensure the home team of the points.

Sadly, the game was marred by yet more inconsistent officiating, with referee Brenton Hayward a central figure in a gathering of the clans on the stroke of half-time. Josh Mitchell’s unwelcome shove on Thomas Broich rightly earned the Newcastle man a second yellow card.

Quite what Broich did to earn a straight red card for his part in proceedings defies logic! And how Brisbane team-mate Erik Paartalu avoided any punishment for racing in from yards away to send Mitchell sprawling … was it a case of the wrong man being dismissed? One for the judicial panel, no question!

On Sunday, the Wellington wind was the real winner at Westpac Stadium, as Western Sydney Wanderers goalkeeper Ante Covic was completely deceived by Jeremy Brockie’s wind-assisted cross half-way through the first half, the elements carrying the ball into the net for the only goal of a game won 1-0 by the now fifth-placed Wellington Phoenix in front of just 5,405 fans.

12,425 supporters watched Sydney FC and Melbourne Heart battle out a scoreless draw in the final game of the round at Allianz Stadium, with the home team’s latest coach, Frank Farina, starting his reign by arresting Sydney’s recent form slump.

Adelaide and Melbourne Victory kick off the tenth round of action when they clash at Hindmarsh Stadium on Friday evening, while on Saturday Melbourne Heart and Perth draw swords at AAMI Park prior to the New South Wales derby between Newcastle and Central Coast at Hunter Stadium.

Sunday’s fare sees Wellington welcoming Sydney to Westpac Stadium, before Western Sydney and Brisbane wrap up the round when locking horns at Parramatta Stadium.

Details: Hyundai A-League, Round 9:

Brisbane Roar FC 1 (B. Berisha (41 pen)) - Newcastle Jets 0; HT 1-0
Central Coast Mariners FC 2 (J. Rose (45), N. Montgomery (76) - Adelaide United FC 1 (B. Djite (17)) HT 1-1
Melbourne Victory FC 1 (M. Rojas (58) - Perth Glory FC 0 HT; 0-0
Sydney FC 0 - Melbourne Heart FC 0
Wellington Phoenix FC 1 (J. Brockie (22)) - Western Sydney Wanderers FC 0; HT 1-0

By Jeremy Raune, from NZ

Details: Youth-League, Round 7:

Central Coast Mariners FC 3 (Kwasnik 23', Pellegrino 30', Dixon 86') - Western Sydney Wanderers FC 0
AIS 1 (Alexander Gersbach 25’) - Perth Glory FC 2 (Ndumba Makeche 6’, Moses Kalau 29’)
Melbourne Victory FC 2 (Cernak 38, Foschini 52) - Newcastle Jets 0
Sydney FC 1 (Urosevski 68) - Melbourne Heart FC 5 (Epifano 15, Batsis 35, 83, Retre 72, Mauk 90+)

Details: Womens League, Round 7:

Sydney FC 4 (Kyah Simon 5’/ 76’ (pen), Sam Kerr 18’, Emma Kete 94’) - Canberra United 3 (Georgia Yeoman-Dale 33’, Hayley Raso 58’, Nikki Washington 83’)
Adelaide United 0 - Melbourne Victory 5 (Laura Spiranovic 8’, Jessica McDonald 38’, 42’ Enza Barilla 49’, Stephanie Catley 90’)
Perth Glory 3 (Marianna Tabain 17’, Kate Gill 25’ Collette McCallum 59’) - Western Sydney Wanderers 0
Newcastle Jets 2 (Tori Huster 16’, Gema Simon 69’) - Brisbane Roar 3 (Amy Chapman 54’, Emily Gielnik 62’, Clare Polkinghorne 80’)

R5 deferred: Canberra United FC 2 (Caitlin Munoz 5’ pen, Nikki Washington 53’) - Perth Glory FC 1 (Rosie Sutton 9’)

 

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