In A-League of its Own 13

Tom’s weekly outlook on the A-League

Melbourne Victory’s finals chances have been dealt another blow, with a 3-2 away loss to the reigning champions Brisbane. The scoring was opened just 50 seconds in when Besart Berisha managed to get the ball through a sea of Melbourne legs and put the ball past Ante Covic. The victory soon equalised though, when Marco Rojas’ run resulted in Harry Kewell driving one past Michael Theoklitos. But from that point on Brisbane took control of the game, and got their reward on the half hour mark when Berisha tapped in a wonderful Henrique ball. That lead extended to 2 at half-time after Henrique converted a penalty which sent Covic the wrong way. After half-time though, Harry Kewell reduced Brisbane’s lead to one when he drove a shot across Theoklitos and into the onion bag. Brisbane managed to hang on for the win, and sit just 5 points behind league leaders Central Coast.

Meanwhile, Heart has furthered the gap between them and the Victory by 3 points with an unconvincing 1-0 win over the Gold Coast. Eli Babalj scored the goal for Heart, which provided relief more than anything for the home fans, whose team were expected to win comfortably against a depleted Gold Coast. In the aftermath of the game, suspended Gold Coast manager Miron Bleiburg has been sacked by the club due to comments made during the week which were alleged to have undervalued the captaincy role.

The Central Coast Mariners have added another win to their tally, beating Wellington 2-0 at Bluetongue Stadium. Young gun Tomas Rojic opened the scoring after half-time with a spectacular 25 yard strike which he hit off balance. Central defender Patrick Zwaanswijk scored the second with a header 7 minutes from time.

Elsewhere, Sydney FC has scored an important victory away to Adelaide, winning 2-1. Youngsters Joel Chianese and Mitch Mallia scored either side of Fabian Barbiero’s goal in the 60th minute. And Perth Glory have shot up to 3rd on the table following a 2-0 win at home to Newcastle on Sunday night.

About Tom Riordan

Tom Riordan is in his second year of a Bachelor of Journalism at Swinburne University. He loves all sports, and plays for Brunswick Cricket Club. He supports the Western Bulldogs and can be found on weekends among half a dozen others in Q38 on the top level of the MCC.

Comments

  1. Victory have really improved though their ability to draw cards is a problem. Saturday’s was a really good game to watch…Brisbane at home are the measuring stick. Kewell now looks fit and focused. An interesting month awaits Melbourne fans.

  2. John Butler says:

    And you didn’t mention Clive Palmer’s name once Tom.

    Well done to resist the temptation. :)

  3. Both C Palmer and Ben Buckley appeared on SBS last night to discuss the Gold Coast team, etc. In Buckley’s case, I’m sure he has some redeeming features, but his unwillingness/inability to address any of the matters raised by Palmer and his general tendency to talk in cliches and, at times, outright gibberish is rather pitiful.

    Great game up here in Brisbane, although the ongoing shoulder problems for Broich are a bit worrying.

    Rojic for CCM – wow!

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