A-League: Matchweek 5 Round up
As the fifth round of A-League comes to an end with some pretty unexpected results, it is time to gather the scores for a round up.
Sydney FC unexpectedly defeated Melbourne City FC at AAMI Park to exchange spots. City were handed their first defeat in the competition and their momentum is halted while their rivals’ continues. A 60th minute goal from Luke Wilkshire guaranteed the away side all three points. Adding to that, City star Tim Cahill getting an ankle injury sums up a frustrated round for the Melbourne side.
Sydney FC now sit top of the ladder with 13 points from 5 matches, while Melbourne City is just below them with a point less.
Newcastle Jets defeated Wellington Phoenix 3-0 very much to the expectations. The third-placed Jets dominated from the outset on Saturday night at McDonald Jones Stadium and led 2-0 at half-time thanks to Roy O’Donovan’s double. Andrew Nabbout gave Newcastle a stranglehold on 54 minutes after O’Donovan’s back heel and Joey Champness’ pass put him into space to bury his shot.
The result leaves Jets still on the third spot and Phoenix who are yet to register a victory at the bottom with 2 points and a goal difference of -5.
Perth Glory defeated Adelaide United at home by a single goal in a match where it was United keeper vs Glory strikers. Izzo’s continuous saves one after the other made the travelling fans believe that they deserve to take back at least one point from Perth. His heroics couldn’t quite continue when in the 80th minute he was caught chasing Perth substitute Mitchell Mallia to his left. Mallia’s cross got by him and Keogh got the jump on his defender to head it into the vacant goal.
With this win Perth goes up to the fifth spot while United comes down to the sixth spot with two points distinguishing the two teams.
Brisbane Roar was held at home by Central Coast Mariners with both teams still searching for a win. Both sides had their chances but neither was able to take them in the first scoreless stalemate of the new season at Suncorp Stadium. But it wasn’t without controversy, with both sides having reasonable penalty claims turned down by referee Daniel Elder. Otherwise the match was pretty much balanced with the ball at the midfields maximally.
Both the teams enhance their position in the ladder by one spot and one point. Brisbane is currently at the ninth spot and Mariners right above them with a single point separating them.
Melbourne Victory salvaged a point from their encounter with Western Sydney Wanderers. Victory played almost an hour a man down after Mitch Austin was sent off, but Thomas Deng equalised early in the second half after Oriol Riera opened the scoring for the visitors just before the break.Austin received a yellow card in the third minute for a cynical challenge on Brendan Hamill and he was given his marching orders in the 24th minute when he delayed a free kick.
Victory go up to the seventh spot on the ladder while Wanderers still lie on the fourth spot.