Round 3 Review: Perth Bucks Trend As Away Wins Abound

by Jeremy Ruane
with the compliments of

HAL 14 – Round 3 Review

Perth Glory bucked the trend in third round action in the Hyundai A-League across the first weekend in November, the Western Australians the only side to record a home victory as away wins abounded, three of them by a 3-0 scoreline.

Leading the way was Sydney FC, who made mincemeat of Melbourne City in front of 12,086 fans at AAMI Park. Paulo Retre’s deft close-range flick through the legs of x got things under way for the visitors, who doubled their lead on the hour courtesy Adam Le Fondre.

He struck again in stoppage time to wrap up a bad night for Melbourne, who, try as they might, couldn’t find a way past Andrew Redmayne, who has conceded just one league goal after three games, the league’s bet distance.

Perth share the lead with the back-to-back premiership winners, after beating Brisbane Roar 2-1 in front of 9,446 fans at NIB Stadium, where Andy Keogh got the party started for the home side on the quarter hour, ten minutes after Jamie Young pulled off an astonishing double save to thwart the striker’s bid to open the scoring even earlier.

Keogh was also the architect of Perth’s second goal, turning a defender this way and that before seeing Young parry his shot into the stride of the retreating Connor O’Toole, who could do nothing to avoid turning the ball into his own net.

That seemed to be job done for the home side, but with seven minutes remaining Tomi Mrcela was sent off for unceremoniously shoving Adam Taggart over in the penalty area, and the striker’s resulting spot-kick set up a tense finale which Perth were pleased to survive intact.

Heading the rest in third place are Adelaide United, who clinched a 2-1 victory over Sydney on Tuesday to become the first club to win the FFA Cup twice. Craig Goodwin got both United goals in that match, and took just nine minutes of this one to open the scoring at Central Coast Stadium.

Seven minutes later, he turned provider for Apostolos Stamatelopoulos to double Adelaide’s lead, and it was game over eleven minutes into the second spell when Ben Kennedy made a mess of dealing with Goodwin’s free-kick.

Ryan Kitto should have had a fourth goal before the finish – Kye Rowles was the local hero for the 6,043 fans in attendance as he denied the striker – while Matt Simon was denied by the post late on as the home team suffered their first loss of the campaign.

3-0 was the outcome in that match, and was also the result at a bleak Westpac Stadium, where 5,339 fans turned up to see Western Sydney Wanderers spoil Andrew Durante’s party, with the visitors prevailing on the occasion of the Wellington captain’s 250th appearance for the club.

Alexander Baumjohann thundered home the opener in the eleventh minute, following fine work by Roly Bonevacia and Bruce Kamau down the left. The Dutchman went close to doubling the score himself soon afterwards, a feat Oriol Riera achieved from the penalty spot ten minutes into the second spell after a harsh handball call against Durante.

Alex Rufer forced Vedran Janjetovic into action with a flying save as Wellington chased the game, but after Wests’ Josh Risdon and home team substitute Nathan Burns had both hit the woodwork, Jordan O’Doherty wrapped up the points for the visitors with a splendid counter-attacking goal in stoppage time.

Melbourne Victory was the only away team to buck the trend in terms of the number of goals scored, but the reigning champions were quite happy to edge last season’s runners-up Newcastle Jets 1-0 in front of 11,814 fans at McDonald Jones Stadium, where Terry Antonis’ goal nineteen minutes from time separated the sides.

Ronny Vargas hit the crossbar early in the first half for Newcastle, while the offside flag prevented Costa Barbarouses from breaking the deadlock early in the second spell for the visitors, before Antonis’ twenty-five yarder ensured the title-holders would kick-start their season at the expense of the team they conquered in the Grand Final, who now prop up the table.

Melbourne City and Wellington get things under way on Friday evening at AAMI Park, a venue which will close the round as Melbourne Victory entertains Central Coast Mariners on Sunday night.

In between times, Adelaide and Perth lock horns at Coopers Stadium on Sunday afternoon, while on Saturday, Wests and Brisbane take the game to Mudgee’s Glen Willow Sporting Field prior to the latest New South Wales derby, with bottom entertaining top as Newcastle welcomes Sydney to McDonald Jones Stadium.

Match Details:

Melbourne City FC 0 – Sydney FC 3 (P. Retre (16), A. Le Fondre (61, 90)); HT 0-1

Newcastle United Jets FC 0 – Melbourne Victory FC 1 (T. Antonis (71)); HT 0-0

Perth Glory FC 2 (A. Keogh (15), “oggie” (63)) – Brisbane Roar FC 1 (A. Taggart (84 pen)); HT 1-0

Wellington Phoenix FC 0 – Western Sydney Wanderers FC 3 (A. Baumjohann (11), O. Riera (55 pen), J. O’Doherty (90)); HT 0-1

Central Coast Mariners FC 0 – Adelaide United 3 (C. Goodwin (9, 56), A. Stametolopous (15)) HT 0-2

League Ladder:
W-League Season 11 – Round 2

Canberra United FC 4 (Refiloe Jane7′, 77′, Rhoda Mulaudzi 30′, Maria José Rojas 45+1′) – Perth Glory FC 4 (Denise O’Sullivan5′, Alyssa Mautz 82′, Leticia McKenna 87′, Rachel Corsie 90′); Sunday 4 November, 2018 at Mckellar Park, ACT (att: 1,742)

Melbourne City FC 3 (Jasmyne Spencer 13′, 48′, 60′) – Sydney FC 1 (Amy Sayer 21′)

Melbourne Victory FC 2 (Melina Ayres7′, Natasha Dowie 11′) – Newcastle United Jets FC 1 (Cortnee Vine 12′)

Western Sydney Wanderers FC 0 – Brisbane Roar FC 1 (Carson Pickett 39′)

BYE – Adelaide United FC


Central Coast Stadium – 4 Nov 2018 – Photo Lowenna Rappo