Sydney FC has turned in its most prolific performance in its history at the weekend by putting 7 goals past Wellington at the SFS to win 7-1 and leap to 7th on the A-League table. Italian superstar Alessandro Del Piero buried 4 goals and laid on the game’s first for new signing Joel Griffiths in one of the most dominant individual performances the A-League has seen. After returning from Shanghai Shenhua where he partnered former Chelsea strikers Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka, Griffiths must have loved the company of his new global superstar teammate, Del Piero, whose pin-point lofted pass was the catalyst for the first of the 7 goals. Del Piero then turned up the class even more with his first goal when he brilliantly put one past Mark Paston. A dubious penalty decision gifted Del Piero his 2nd from the spot before Jason ?ulina hit a sublime volley on the turn from long range to send the Cove into delirium. Del Piero completed his hat-trick on the stroke of half time when he danced past 2 defenders before sending the ball into the top right hand corner of the goal. Incredibly, it was 5-0 at half-time and there was more to come after the break. Del Piero added his 4th as he rounded Andrew Durante and sent the ball curling under the bar before his substitute Blake Powell played a no-look back-heel through 2 defenders to Yairo Yau who made the score line 7-1. The remarkable result confides Wellington to the bottom of the league in what has undoubtedly been their worst season to date; however 2 winnable home games in their next 2 fixtures could see them stay in touch with the 6.
Melbourne Heart has leapt into 5th place following a comfortable 2-0 win over Adelaide United on Friday night. Adelaide’s position in the top 2 is now under threat with the Victory and Wanderers breathing down their neck. Heart manager John Aloisi was rightfully pleased with the consistency shown by his team throughout the game and had nothing to complain about in his post-match presser. Heart’s first goal came from the head of Josip Tadi? courtesy of a well-directed cross by skipper Fred. Matt Thompson’s ability to win the ball and take it forwards under pressure was a highlight throughout the night and was the key to their final goal as Richard Garcia converted for the hosts.
Melbourne Victory has overcome a big hurdle by winning away 1-0 at Perth. The result consolidates their spot in 3rd and keeps them well and truly in the hunt for 2nd place. A frantic opening to the game saw Archie Thompson’s header well parried by Danny Vukovic before Spase Dilevski’s follow-up effort was scrambled off the line by Jacob Burns. Melbourne found their goal soon after when Marco Rojas’ ball across the area found Glory defender Scott Jamieson’s outstretched boot. Perth was reduced to 10 men during the second half when Josh Risdon picked up a pair of yellow cards. Perth went within inches of finding an equaliser in injury time when Ryo Nagai’s long range effort hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced clear, giving Melbourne a vital 1-0 win.
The 3rd F3 derby of the season has ended in an entertaining 0-0 draw in horrid conditions at Bluetongue Stadium. The Mariners began life without Tom Rogic on the front foot, with Mike McGlinchey having his name next to the first half’s best chance when after rounding 3 defenders, he forced Mark Birighitti into a sharp save. Mile Sterjovski and James Brown’s altercation represented the fire shown by both sides over the duration of the game, which turned into both teams showing their desperation for the last 20 minutes.
Brisbane Roar has again failed to register 3 points in a tight encounter with Western Sydney. Mitch Nichols’ early goal put the Roar in the box seat to go on with the game; however they failed to do so. Mark Bridge and Youssouf Hersi scored in the second half to keep the Wanderers 3 points off 2nd placed Adelaide.