R10 Review: Wests win table-topping tussle to extend lead

by Jeremy Ruane:
with the compliments of www.sportswebsoccer.com

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Western Sydney Wanderers stormed four points clear of the chasing pack in the Hyundai A-League on the second weekend in December, edging reigning champions Melbourne Victory 2-0 in their top-of-the-table tussle at Pirtek Stadium.

17,073 fans witnessed a cracking encounter between two teams hell-bent on finishing the round in top spot, with Melbourne pounding away in search of a breakthrough in the first half in particular.

Besart Berisha hit the post, while Costa Barbarouses brought the best out of Andrew Redmayne on an evening when Mark Bridge could have had a hat-trick for the home team.

‘Twas he who broke the deadlock nine minutes into the second half, however, with Romeo Castelen wrapping up Wests’ seventh successive victory eleven minutes from time to the delight of their fans, none of whom walked out this week following midweek discussions between Football Australia and representatives of each club’s supporters groups regarding the handling of recent announcements.

Adelaide United kicked off the round by upsetting ten-man Sydney FC 2-1 at Coopers Stadium, where Marcelo Carrusca clinched victory for the home team with a stoppage time penalty.

Sydney’s Alex Gersbach bore the taunts of the 9,076-strong crowd after being sent off in the 28th minute of the match, with Pablo Sanchez rattling the crossbar with the free-kick which resulted from the foul Gersbach committed.

Sanchez was then denied the opening goal by the offside flag in first half stoppage time, and was thwarted by a fine Vedran Janjetovic save early in the second half as United looked to make their numerical superiority pay.

They finally broke through just after the hour mark when James Jeggo thundered home a twenty-five yard volley, but Filip Holosko’s instinctive lob twenty minutes from time levelled the scores, and left the ten men on the brink of earning a point until referee Strebre Delovski pointed to the penalty spot in stoppage time, Carrusca doing the honours to the delight of the Adelaide faithful.

2-1 was also the scoreline on Saturday evening as Brisbane Roar came from behind to down Wellington Phoenix in front of 5,162 fans at a new venue for A-League football, Cairns’ Cazaly’s Stadium.

A well-contested first half looked destined to finish scoreless until Roy Krishna struck in injury time for the visitors, who squandered two glorious chances to increase their lead in the second spell.

Jade North’s timely tackle denied Roly Bonevacia as he rampaged through when one-on-one with Jamie Young, who denied Michael McGlinchey twenty minutes from time as Wellington sensed victory.

Instead, they were caught on the counter-attack, substitute Steve Lustica ramming home the leveller mere seconds after McGlinchey’s shot. And with four minutes to go, Thomas Broich released Jamie MacLaren through the offside trap, and he finally got the better of Glen Moss, who had frustrated the striker on a couple of occasions during this entertaining encounter.

And in a third 2-1 outcome, Perth Glory climbed off the bottom of the table by coming from behind to down Central Coast Mariners at NIB Stadium, thanks to two splendidly taken Nejbosa Marinkovic goals just after the hour mark.

The dead-ball specialist was denied early on in the encounter by Mariners’ goalkeeper Paul Izzo, who was celebrating in the 28th minute when Roy O’Donovan fired the visitors in front thanks to fine work by Storm Roux.

The Irishman came close to doubling Central Coast’s lead just after half-time, but to the delight of the 5,590 natives present, it was Perth who were rejoicing just after the hour mark, Marinkovic netting twice in as many minutes, the first a trademark free-kick.

Richard Garcia came close to sealing the win for the home team, who eventually got home after holding out a resurgent Central Coast team which was determined not to head home propping up the table, but ultimately failed in their quest.

The final game of the round saw Melbourne City carry on their free-scoring ways in front of 10,087 fans at Hunter Stadium, sweeping aside Newcastle Jets x-x to climb into third spot on the table.

Three goals in six second half minutes either side of the hour mark did the damage for the visitors, who went into the dressing rooms a goal to the good after Aaron Mooy struck two minutes before half-time to edge what had been an even first half.

Melbourne put the game out of Newcastle’s reach before the hour mark, Bruno Fornaroli netting in the 56th and 62nd minutes of the match, with Mooy netting in between times to leave the home team’s fans streaming for the exits as City looked to become the first team to score five goals in an A-League game for the third match running.

Newcastle nearly capitalised on a Thomas Sorensen blunder late on, but Patrick Kisnorbo was on hand to clear off the line as the home team avoided copping a nap hand defeat at the hands of their irrepressible opponents, who are five points behind the leaders after yet another impressive win.

Perth and the reigning champions meet at NIB Stadium on Wednesday evening in a rescheduled fixture, before eleventh round action commences forty-eight hours later as Newcastle welcome Adelaide to Hunter Stadium.

Another triple-header graces Saturday evening, with the Melbourne derby at AAMI Park sandwiched by Sydney’s visit to Wellington’s Westpac Stadium, and Western Sydney’s trek to Perth’s NIB Stadium. The round concludes on Sunday evening with Central Coast and Brisbane clashing at Central Coast Stadium.

Match details:

Adelaide United FC 2 (J. Jeggo (62), M. Carrusca (90 pen)) – Sydney FC 1 (F. Holosko (70)); HT 0-0

Brisbane Roar FC 2 (S. Lustica (71), J. MacLaren (86)) – Wellington Phoenix 1 (R. Krishna (45)); HT 0-1

Newcastle Jets FC 0 – Melbourne City FC 4 (A. Mooy (43, 59), B. Fornaroli (56, 62)); HT 0-1

Perth Glory 2 (N. Marinkovic (62, 64)), Central Coast Mariners 1 (R. O’Donovan (28)) HT 0-1

Western Sydney Wanderers 2 (M. Bridge (54), R. Castelen (79)), Melbourne Victory 0 HT 0-0

Ladder

P    W    D    L    F    A    GD    Pts

Western Sydney Wanderers    10    7    1    2    16    8    +8    22

Brisbane Roar    10    5    3    2    16    10    +6    18

Melbourne City    10    5    2    3    27    16    +11    17

Melbourne Victory    9    5    1    4    14    11    +3    16

Sydney FC    10    4    4    2    10    8    +2    16

Wellington Phoenix    10    4    2    4    15    15    0    14

Newcastle Jets    10    3    3    4    9    13    -4    12

Adelaide United    10    2    3    5    10    18    -8    9

Perth Glory    9    2    1    6    9    15    -6    7

Central Coast Mariners    10    1    2    7    11    23    -12    5
By Jeremy Ruane

Westfield W-League – Season 8 – 2015/2016 – Round 9

Match details

Melbourne Victory FC 2 (MelindaJ Barbieri 52’, Natasha Dowie 75’) – Western Sydney Wanderers FC 2 (Linda O’Neill 40’, Carmelina Moscato 47’)

Canberra United FC 4 (Michelle Heyman 9’, 84’, Jenna McCormick 15’, Veronica Perez 93’) – Adelaide United FC 0

Perth Glory FC 2 (Vanessa DiBernardo 5’, 85’) – Sydney FC 4 (Jasmyne Spencer 26’, Kyah Simon 37’, 84’, Nicola Bolger 48’)

Newcastle Jets FC 0 – Melbourne City FC 1 (Beattie Goad 44’)

BYE – Brisbane Roar FC

Ladder:   http://www.w-league.com.au/ladder/w_league

Foxtel National Youth League – Version 2 – Season 1 – 2015/2016 – Round 6

Conference A

Adelaide United FC 3 – Melbourne City FC 1

Perth Glory FC  2 – Melbourne Victory FC  3

Conference B

Newcastle Jets FC 1 – FFA Centre of Excellence 0   

Central Coast Mariners FC 7 – Western Sydney Wanderers FC 2

Ladder:   http://www.y-league.com.au/ladder/y_league