A League round-up - Former Stag stars for Phoenix
Newcastle Jets 0-1 Wellington Phoenix
Wellington Phoenix made it two away wins in a row after beating Newcastle Jets 1-0 at Carrington Park on Friday evening. Ex-Mansfield Town striker Chris Greenacre (pictured) almost put the visitors ahead early on when his shot was saved well by Ben Kennedy. The Jets came close soon after when Tarek Elrich’s volley was palmed away by Mark Paston. The only goal of the game came in the 58th minute when Maltese midfielder Manny Muscat scored his first ever goal for Phoenix with a curling shot into the top corner.
Melbourne Heart 1-1 Brisbane Roar
The points were shared as Melbourne Heart entertained fellow A-League high-flyers Brisbane Roar at the AAMI Park on Saturday. The Heart took a first half lead when a floating cross was met by a Alex Terra volley. The Brazilian saw his effort deflect of the Roar’s last man but it fell into the path of Jonatan Germano, who headed home to make it 1-0. The Argentinean was almost involved at the other end when he conceded a penalty three minutes before half-time. The chance to draw the game level fell to Besart Berisha, but the A-League top scorer blasted the penalty over the bar. The Albanian striker did make amends in the second-half when he drew the game level in the 70th minute when he headed home from close range.
Central Coast Mariners 3-2 Adelaide United
A thrilling encounter between Central Coast Mariners and Adelaide United saw the homeside come from behind to claim the three points at the Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford. The Mariners took a 14th minute lead when Danny McBreen headed home from inside the box. The lead didn’t last long as Sergio van Dijk’s neat finish drew the game level two minutes later. The visitors shocked their opposition in the 18th minute when Bruce Djite controlled a long throw in the area, knocked it over the defenders head before spinning round the player and volleying home from a few yards. The hosts had to wait until the 75th minute to equalise when Adam Kwasnik fired home from a tight angle. Three minutes later, Josh Rose made sure of the three points for the Mariners when he poked home from inside the six-yard box to complete an impressive comeback.
Perth Glory 4-1 Melbourne Victory
Jim Magilton saw his Melbourne Victory side lose heavily as Perth Glory romped to a 4-1 victory at the NIB Stadium on Sunday. Shane Smeltz gave the homeside the lead in the 14th minute when he fired home Mile Sterjovski’s cross from inside the box. The New Zealand striker doubled the scoreline in the 35th minute when he slotted home a penalty. Another penalty, this time scored by Sterjovski, gave Glory a 3-0 advantage going into half-time. Ex-Leeds man Harry Kewell pulled one back for Victory with a 69th minute penalty, but Brazilian midfielder Andrezinho compounded the misery for Magilton with a 90th minute goal from outside the area, equalling Glory’s biggest ever win in the A-League.
Sydney FC 2-1 Gold Coast United
Sydney FC recorded their first victory in six games as they beat a struggling Gold Coast United 2-1 at the Sydney Football Stadium. Both sides hit the woodwork in the first-half but it was the visitors who took the lead 10 minutes into the second-half, thanks to a Ben Halloran goal. Sydney drew the game level 16 minutes later when Slovakian midfielder Karol Kisel fired home from inside the Gold Coast area. It looked like the points would be shared until Kisel perfectly timed cross was met by the head of Bruno Cazarine, to give Sydney victory in the last minute of normal time.
Mariners move further ahead...
Central Coast Mariners stretch their lead at the top to 11 points, with Brisbane Roar still occupying second place. Wellington Phoenix’s win sees them move into third, one place above Melbourne Heart on 27 points. Perth are fifth, trailing Melbourne Heart by one point with 25. Sydney FC are sixth on 23 points, four points above seventh and eight placed Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United. There is no change at the bottom as Gold Coast United sit four points adrift of ninth place Newcastle Jets.
By Nick Ford