A-League: Matchweek 4 Roundup
As matchweek 3 comes to an end, it was a challenge for some clubs to maintain their momentum, and for the others to do better than the start. It was an action-packed matchweek with very unexpected results.
Sydney FC defeated Perth Glory 2-0 in a 3-penalty thriller. All three penalties were awarded to host Sydney FC, with the number 9 Bobo scoring one out of the two penalties he took. A 45th minute penalty goal from Bobo (missed the earlier penalty) gave the hosts a narrow lead. As the gametime lessened and Sydney inched closer to a win, another penalty was awarded to them on the 90’+4th minute with Adrian Mierzejewsi scoring the insurance goal increasing their goal difference tally.
Sydney FC moved one place up to the second spot with 10 points from 4 matches
Wellington Phoenix drew against last place Brisbane Roar FC 3-3. Three goals inside the opening 20 minutes, including a brace to Serbian striker Andrija Kaludjerovic, looked to have wrapped up an early win for the Phoenix on Saturday at Westpac Stadium. But the Roar, winless from the opening three rounds of the season, stormed back in the second half to secure their first points of the season. A penalty goal from Italian forward Massimo Maccarone at the edge of half time made it 3-1. Avram Papadopoulos scored for the away team on the 66th minute and, Maccarone levelled the scores with an 82nd-minute penalty after Nix midfielder Matthew Ridenton brought down Papadopoulos in the box.
Phoenix moved on to the seventh spot while Roar still lie at the bottom of the ladder.
The only win for an away team in this round came for Melbourne City FC as they defeated Adelaide United 2-0 at Coopers Stadium. A first-half double by Ross McCormack on Saturday night helped City make it four from four and handed the Reds their first loss of the campaign. The Scotsman scored the first in the 11th minute from the penalty spot and doubled it in the 16th minute from a delightful free kick from 20metres out. With this win, Melbourne City FC make it 4 wins out of 4 matches and sit at the top of the ladder, with Adelaide United too holding their spot at 5.
Newcastle Jets drew 1-1 against rivals Western Sydney Wanderers at home. A 16th minute goal from Mike Bridge gave the Sydney side a lead which was later cancelled out in the 68th minute by former Brisbane Roar man Dimitri Petratos. A hard fought match ended with the teams sharing spoils. The Jets dropped to the third spot with their rivals just below them.
Central Coast Mariners were left cursing the woodwork as they slugged out a 1-1 A-League draw with Melbourne Victory, which left both teams still winless after four rounds. Former Victory winger Connor Pain gave the Mariners a 57th minute lead when he lashed an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net. Victory import Leroy George equalised eight minutes later with an equally impressive finish from a perfectly executed left-foot free kick from just outside the area. The Mariners stay at the ninth spot, while Victory fall to the eighth spot.