A-League: Matchweek 9- Round Up
As the 9th matchweek comes to an end, LNTUP sums up the results of all the matches and analyses the position of all the teams in the Hyundai A-League 2017-18 ladder.
Adelaide United vs Sydney FC
A-League champions Sydney FC beat Adelaide United 1-0, with Brazilian striker Bobo scoring against the run of play.The Sky Blues stretched their lead atop the table to five points before the weekend fixtures with their away win at Coopers Stadium on Friday night.Bobo’s 45th-minute goal came against the tide as Adelaide controlled territory and possession but failed to land a telling blow on the title holders. The Reds had 10 shots at goal in the first half to Sydney’s two but only one Adelaide attempt was on target, whereas the Blues managed to score the most important goal of the match. Sydney FC sit on top of the ladder with 22 points from 9 matches, whereas United fell to the 5th spot with 11 points from 9 games.
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Brisbane Roar
Brisbane have finally got their A-League season on track by snatching a sorely needed 2-0 A-League win off an injury-hit Western Sydney. Ivan Franjic marked his return to the Roar with a sublime second-half strike to complement Massimo Maccarone’s opener at a wind and rain-swept ANZ Stadium on Saturday. Wanderers fell to the 9th spot with 8 points from 8 games, while Roar rise up to the 8th spot with 9 points from 9 games.
Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne City FC
City snatched all three points away at Newcastle International Sports Centre. Manny Muscat stroke late at the 86th minute, before Ross McCormack’s penalty goal cancelled out Andrew Nabbout’s 32nd minute opener for the hosts. Yet Jets hold on to the 2nd spot with 17 points from 9 games, with City one spot down and one point down.
Wellington Phoenix vs Melbourne Victory
Although LNTUP predicted a win for Victory, the scorecard of the match stunned football fans from all across the world. It was somewhat like a tennis scorecard: 1-0, 2-0, 2-1, 2-2, 2-3. An amazing comeback from Kevin Muscat’s boys ensured all points for the away team. Andrija Kaludjerovic’s 29th and 31st minute strikes gave Phoenix a 2-0 lead in the first half. The match was in the home team’s side before Besart Berisha pulled one back in the 54th minute. Victory’s continuous attacks made Goran Paracki to put the ball in his own net and make it 2-2. The rest of the match was all for Victory and James Troisi scored late in the 86th minute to win it for the Melbourne side. Phoenix still sit at the bottom of the ladder with 5 points from 8 games, and Victory rises up to the 6 th spot with 10 points from 9 games.
Central Coast Mariners vs Perth Glory
Substitute Blake Powell propelled Central Coast into the A-League’s top four with a one-sided 1-0 win over a gritty Perth. Last weekend, Powell marked his return from nearly a year recovering from injury with an assist against Wellington. At Gosford on Sunday, the 26-year-old attacker replaced Kwabena Appiah with 13 minutes to play and had created and scored the game’s only goal by the time the clock had ticked down to 12. That the two sides could not be separated early was scarcely believable, such was the Mariners’ dominance. They were finally rewarded when Powell played an inch-perfect pass to star playmaker Danny De Silva, who rushed to the byline and cut back for Powell to hammer into the underside of the crossbar. The result gives the Mariners back-to-back wins for the first time since February and lifts Paul Okon’s fledgling team into fourth, leaving travel-weary Perth seventh.