Catch up with the last five games in the Summer of Football with a recap of results, video highlights and reaction from Hyundai A-League Round 13.
Sydney FC 2-0 Brisbane Roar FC
The league leaders made it 13 unbeaten this season with another professional performance, making Roar pay for some cheap turnovers. Even the dismissal of talisman Alex Brosque failed to put a crimp in the Sky Blues’ juggernaut.
Central Coast Mariners 2-2 Melbourne City FC
Fabulous New Year’s Eve entertainment in Gosford for over 11,000 fans who at one point were dreaming of a famous win to end a tough year.
A late penalty to Bruno Fornaroli spared City’s blushes on a night when Trent Buhagiar took the game by the scruff of the neck and dazzled the visitors after Tim Cahill (who else?) gave City the lead.
Wellington Phoenix 0–0 Adelaide United
In conditions more akin to mid-winter than the Summer of Footbal, Phoenix and the Reds battled the swirling wind and driving rain to come out all-square despite a late charge from the home side.
Western Sydney Wanderers FC 1-1 Perth Glory
Glory’s Adam Taggart slotted home in the first half before a superb poacher’s finish from Jaushua Sotirio evened the contest at a humid and rainy ANZ.
Melbourne Victory 4-2 Newcastle Jets
Brilliant entertainment in Geelong to wrap up the Summer of Football. Besart Berisha made history by overtaking Archie Thompson in the A-League all-time goal-scorers charts and with a Marco Rojas’ effort Victory took a 2-0 lead at the break. Ben Khalfallah added a third after the break before Ma LeiLei notched a classy reply.
James Troisi finally got off the mark with his first this season and Victory’s fourth on the night. Wayne Brown smashing the Jets’ second with 12 minutes remaining to end an entertaining night at Simonds Stadium.