A League round-up - Jim Magilton making an impact Down Under
Melbourne Victory 1-1 Adelaide United
Over 20,000 saw Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United play out a 1-1 draw at AAMI Park on Friday evening. The A League all time top scorer Archie Thompson gave Victory a sixth minute lead when he bundled in Harry Kewell’s cross. Jim Magilton’s first game in charge was not going to end in victory though, as eight minutes into the second-half, Sergio Van Dijk scored in his third consecutive game to earn Adelaide a point.
Central Coast Mariners 1-1 Newcastle Jets
Central Coast Mariners and Newcastle Jets shared the points in the F3 derby at the Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford on Saturday. Lubinot Haliti gave the visitors a first-half lead when he side footed in after 17 minutes. The league leaders made sure they kept up their unbeaten run when Dutch centre-back Patrick Zwaanswijk headed home from a corner in the 59th minute.
Brisbane Roar 2-1 Sydney FC
A crowd of almost 15,000 watched a late comeback from Brisbane Roar as they beat visiting Sydney FC 2-1 at Lang Park in Brisbane. Sydney’s Australian striker Mark Bridge put his side ahead when he fired home five minutes before half-time. Vitezslav Lavicka’s men looked to have sealed the three points until Sayed Mohamed Adnan’s 94th minute free-kick curled into the top corner of the Sydney net. The Brisbane fans that stayed until the final whistle were in for another surprise when this season’s top scorer Besart Berisha headed home in the 95th minute to complete a two-minute salvo.
Melbourne Heart 1-2 Perth Glory
Melbourne Heart continued their recent run of poor form with a 2-1 loss to Perth Glroy at the AAMI Park on Sunday. Glory took a first-half lead thanks to ex-AFC Wimbledon striker Shane Smeltz’s 16th minute goal. Melbourne drew the game level when Kristian Sarkies scored a rebound from Matt Thompson’s 66th minute penalty. The lead would only last two minutes though, as Scottish midfielder Steven McGarry was quick to poke home from a few yards after a Clint Bolton save.
Gold Coast United 0-1 Wellington Phoenix
Gold Coast United made it five games without a win as they were beaten 1-0 by Wellington Phoenix at Skilled Park on Sunday. Just over 2,000 saw the homeside come close on a number of occasions, but being denied by Mark Paston. The game looked to be heading for a draw until Tim Brown headed home for Phoenix in the 88th minute to earn Ricky Herbert’s men the three points.
How they stand...
There wasn’t much movement in the table as Central Coast Mariners still occupy top spot, six points ahead of Brisbane Roar with a game in hand. Melbourne Heart are still in third but Wellington Phoenix’s late victory move them within one point in fourth. Perth Glory move up two places to fifth ahead of Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC in sixth and seventh respectively. Equal on points with Melbourne and Sydney is Adelaide United in eight place. There is no change in the bottom two with Newcastle Jets four points ahead of Gold Coast United who continue to sit bottom of the table.
By Nick Ford