Hyundai A-League Weekend Wrap - Round 15
Defending champion Melbourne has moved to the top of the table after Round 15 of the Hyundai A-League saw the Victory defeat Brisbane 1-0 and Sydney lose 2-0 in Perth to relinquish their hold on top spot on the table.
Results - Round 15 Adelaide United 1, Gold Coast United 1 Brisbane Roar 0, MELBOURNE VICTORY 1 North Queensland 1, CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 5 Newcastle Jets 0, WELLINGTON PHOENIX 1 PERTH GLORY 2, Sydney FC 0
Game Wraps Defending champion Melbourne has moved to the top of the table after Round 15 of the Hyundai A-League saw the Victory defeat Brisbane 1-0 and Sydney lose 2-0 in Perth to relinquish their hold on top spot on the table.
In other matches, Central Coast made it back-to-back away wins with an emphatic 5-1 win over North Queensland, Adelaide secured a late draw against Gold Coast, while Wellington notched its first away success for the season at Newcastle.
Melbourne continued its incredible away record with a sixth win in seven matches on the road thanks to an early Archie Thompson header, the striker's sixth goal of the season. Kevin Muscat delivered a quick free kick on the right and Thompson reacted quickest, diving in and beating Griffin McMaster. The Roar had a goal through Josh McCloughan disallowed.
Sydney slipped up against a determined Perth outfit at ME Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Glory scored two second half goals, the first through a header from Scott Bulloch and the second via Branko Jelic after some brilliant team-work in the build-up.
Vitezslav Lavicka's team now find themselves two points shy of Melbourne, while Gold Coast missed its chance to go second after Matthew Leckie's late equaliser in its match against Adelaide. Gold Coast had Kristian Rees sent off after just 32 minutes, but managed to take the lead through Steve Fitzsimmons. However, Leckie saved the home side some blushes with an excellent finish in the third minute of injury time.
Central Coast continued its form from the 4-0 defeat in Melbourne in Round 14, thrashing North Queensland 5-1 at Dairy Farmers Stadium.
Pedj Bojic kicked things of for the visitors on 22 minutes before Nik Mdrja collected a double either side of half time. Ahmad Elrich made it 4-0, before Rostyn Griffiths pulled one back for the Fury. John Hutchison then completed the rout with a goal eight minutes from time.
Wellington endured best from the scorching 40 degree heat of Newcastle on Sunday, with a goal from Paul Ifill, the Barbadian's sixth of the season, proving the difference.
Weekend Goals Tally: 12
Attendances (total / average): 40240/8048
Goal of the Week - Matthew Leckie The young Adelaide striker couldn-t have picked a better time to score for the Reds. Having gone 1-0 down to 10-man Gold Coast, the home side looked destined for an embarrassing defeat, before Leckie intervened in the third minute of injury time. He picked up the ball about 30 yards out, dribbled around three Gold Coast players and angled a low shot through the defence and past Scott Higgins to secure a point from his side.
Player of the Week - Mile Sterjovski Perth's marquee man was only on the ground for 45 minutes, but made a massive impact on the game, creating plenty for the Glory and setting up the second goal. Considering he spent much of the week on his sickbed after his trip to Oman, it was an inspired performance which helped deliver Perth's best win of the year.
One to Watch - Scott Bulloch The young Perth striker not only scored the first goal of a vital win for the Glory, but worked overtime in both attack and defence. The energetic performance was accompanied with a knock to the head which saw him play the first half with a bandage on his head. He then put his head to better use with a goal before departing immediately from the game.
Leading Goalscorers after Round 15
11 - Shane Smeltz
8 - Robbie Fowler
7 - Sergio Van Dijk
6 - Mark Bridge, Carlos Hernandez, Paul Ifill, Archie Thompson
5 - Branko Jelic, Matt Simon, Mile Sterjovski
4 - John Aloisi, Chris Greenacre, Labinot Haliti, Victor Sikora
3 - Tim Brown, Steve Corica, Henrique, John Hutchinson, Nik Mrdja, Lucas Pantelis, Reinaldo, Wayne Srhoj
2 - Leo Bertos, Pedj Bojic, Michael Bridges, Alex Brosque, Cassio, Daniel Cortes, Cristiano, Jason Culina, Dyron Daal, Mate Dugandzic, Steven Fitzsimmons, Rostyn Griffiths, Jason Hoffman, Adam Kwasnik, Matthew Leckie, Adrian Leijer, Daniel Mcbreen, Adriano Pellegrino, Joel Porter, Jin-Hyung Song, Matt Thompson, Nicky Travis
1 - Danny Allsopp, Costa Barbarouses, Nigel Boogaard, Grant Brebner, Scott Bulloch, Isaka Cernak, Kofi Danning, Travis Dodd, Ahmad Elrich, Ney Fabiano, Iain Fyfe, Brendan Gan, Chris Grossman, Troy Hearfield, Dean Heffernan, Karol Kisel, Todd Howarth, Adam Hughes, Michael Mcglinchey, Terry Mcflynn, Charlie Miller, Tahj Minniecon, Milson, Craig Moore, Kevin Muscat, Jason Naidovski, Mitch Nichols, Lloyd Owusu, Tomislav Pondeljak, Sean Rooney, Ben Sigmund, John Tambouras, Danny Tiatto, Nick Ward, Alex Wilkinson