Rain rain glorious rain. Many parts of Australia have been in need of rain and that’s exactly what caused the Sydney FC v Western Sydney Wanderers match to be postponed due to the inordinate amount of rain in Sydney, with the pitch at Jubilee Stadium being unable to contend with so much water.
Just 18,000 people attended the Melbourne City v Melbourne Victory derby, which would no doubt be a worry for A-League chiefs. Those who were in attendance saw City win 2-1 with quality lead up to both goals. The Frenchmen Florin Berenguer scored his first goal in City colours in the 8th minute, whilst the back-heal that saw Jamie McLaren score in the 71st minute was world class.
For Victory, Ola Toivanen continued his good form, scoring in the 78th minute, but the game was effectively over soon after as Victory, having already made their allocated 3 substitutions lost Robbie Kruse, who was forced from the field with a hamstring injury. It’s a huge loss for the Victory, both for their A-League finals push and their Asian champions league chances, and simply caps off a disappointing season to date.
Perth Glory welcomed Wellington Phoenix in the “Distance Derby” in what pitted two inform quality teams against each other. Perth’s young gun Nicholas D’Agostino followed up his impressive work last week against Victory by scoring another two goals, in the 46th and 54th minute. Tomislav Mrcela had got the show on the road in the 43rd minute with gun striker Bruno Fornaroli rounding off the game in the 90th minute. Wellington were gallant with goals to Garry Hooper in the 68th and 76th minute. The loss of Tim Payne to a red card in the 71st minute proved to be a hill too steep for Wellington to climb.
Adelaide United travelled to Brisbane to take on the Roar, two teams coming
off recent good form. In a frantic 16 minutes of football, United’s Ben Halloran put is team in front with a goal in the 58th minute. However, this was cancelled out by Mirza Muratovic who scored in the 68th minute then Tom Adred putting Roar ahead in the 74th minute. Muratovic is a product of Roar’s juniors and coach Robbie Fowler has massive wraps on the kid.
As reported Newcastle Jets unveiled new coach Carl Robinson and he would be happy with what he saw with the Jets netting 4 goals against neighbours Central Coast Wanderers in a thrilling 4-3 goal game (it had been a combined total of 7 weeks since the Jets scored 4 goals). Gun Jet Dimitri Petratos scored in the 15th and 52nd minute, Newcastle veteran Nikolai Toper-Stanley scored in the 25th minute whilst a Mariners own goal rounded out the scoring for the Jets in the 55th minute. For the Mariners, this is a game they generally get up for so the loss will be felt hard. Their scorers were Ruon Tongyik in the 45th minute, Jack Clisby in the 49th minute and Chris Harold in the 86th minute.
Midweek in the Asian cup group stage, Victory had a 1-0 win over Chiangrai United in the opening night of the group stage. Ola Toivanen used all his experience to both earn and put away the winning penalty.
This week see’s Adelaide host the Mariners. Adelaide to win 2-0.
Wellington welcome City, this will be a 2-all thriller.
Wanderers host the Jets, this will be interesting as both teams have new coaches, Wanderers to win 3-2.
Western United host Roar, and in an interesting twist Scott McDonald won’t be lining up for Roar. McDonald was a January signing for Roar from Western United and has been pivotal in their resurgence. A signed agreement as part of the transfer was that McDonald would not play in this game. Given his absence, United to win 2-1.
In other A-League news, Perth Glory owner Tony Sage looks close to signing a deal to hand over 80% ownership of Glory to a London based investment group. Sage will remain with the Glory as a 20% owner.