War and Peace (and A-League) – Round 7

CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 1 (Brama 41) ADELAIDE UNITED 2 (Adlung 58 Kitto 90)

Central Coast’s glory over beating the champions was short lived when they were defeated by a last gasp Adelaide United in Gosford.

The Mariners had their tails up after taking out the big scalp in the land of the sauce bottles the previous week while United were struggling with injury and any forward potency losing three on the trot. Things didn’t really fire up until near half time when the Mariners were awarded a penalty put away by the big Dutchman Wout Brama.

United were again moving the ball well around the pitch but had no end product. One of United’s new signings, the German midfielder Daniel Adlung, equalized for the visitors on the hour when he finished very well from the edge of the box. Adlung was impressive again for the Reds leading by example in the middle of the pitch showing real leadership for the bevy of young SA talent currently in the side.

It seemed as though the game would peter out to a one all draw before right at the death United snatched the win. Ryan Kitto had missed a few chances on the night but his final act of the night was smashing a late winner past Ben Kennedy. Relief for Adelaide ending a worrying run of defeats while the Mariners get back to reality not being able to see out a full 90 minutes and being made to pay.

 

BRISBANE ROAR 3 (Papadopolous 5, 71 Bautheac 41)   MELBOURNE CITY 1 (Mauk 54)

The Roar have their first win of the after easily defeating a worryingly poor Melbourne City 3-1.

The writing was perhaps on the wall early for City when the normally immovable object Eugene Galekovic failed to deal with poor clearance from La Rocca. The mistake was punished by Avram Papodopolous to the full extent. City deciding to start once again with central defenders was blowing up in their face as their conservative line up tried to chase an equaliser. While mistakes were made at the back Fitzgerald and Buzinski wasted chances for City in attack.

Right on half time Roar had a second when the impressive French import Eric Bautheac scored an easy goal after being set up by Massimo Maccarone who had taken advantage of an awful backpass by La Rocca.

In the second half Warren Joyce swung the changes with ‘Bombscare’ La Rocca pulled as City looked to attack and it seemed to work with Stefan Mauk scoring on 54 minutes to pull it back to 2-1. City were the better side in the second half but could not find an equaliser. The embarrassing night for Galekovic was sealed along with 3 points for Roar when he fumbled a Falid Ben Khaffalah cross letting Papodololous score his second.

A nice change of luck and boost of confidence for Roar and their under siege coach. Concerns for City with some of their more attacking players again left on the bench, Cahill’s comments about Joyce during the week and Scottish striker Ross McCormack ‘sore’ and missing the game.

Dad’s Army off and running up in Queensland.

 

 SYDNEY FC 2 (Ninkovic 5 Bobo 68) NEWCASTLE JETS 1 (Petratos 75)

Galekovic wasn’t the only one who had a mare in goal in this round.

A massive mistake by Jack Duncan cost the Jets three points against the champions Sydney FC in a top of the table clash that finished 2-1 loss. In form striker Roy O’Donovan’s last minute withdrawal due to injury wasn’t something the Jets needed and he was missed as the Jets seemed to be so well rounded with their performance and structure on a horribly rainy Sydney night.

The Jets were behind early when the unquestionably brilliant Ninkovic scored after only 5 minutes. After surrendering the midfield battle last week O’Neill and Brilliante were back to their dominant best but the inclement weather that almost caused the match to be called off Sydney were lacking the polish to find a second goal.

In the second half an easy shot should have been held by Duncan but the ball managed to pop out of his grasp as he laid on the ground and Bobo tapped in despite Duncan scrambling to try and get the ball back. The Jets got one back with Petratos finishing well and but despite their pressure until the end Sydney were back as winners again even with some players rested for the upcoming FFA Cup Final. The Jets finally losing a game and surrendering top spot.

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A touch wet for the top of the table clash in Sydney

 

PERTH GLORY 0 MELBOURNE VICTORY 2 (Berisha 58 George 67)

Last season’s runners up Melbourne Victory finally have a win after getting past a piss poor Perth Glory 2-0 in a piss poor standard game in sunny Perth.

After watching Sam Kerr and the high flying Glory girls romp home to an exciting victory the large crowd of 13,000 or so then watched a game between two sides being very defensive and scared to really have a go such is their precarious position on the table. Victory started to carve out chances with a glancing Berisha header bouncing off the up right and in to the grateful hands of Liam Reddy.

With no Taggart or Castro Glory struggled up front with captain Andy Keogh looking benign as up the other end ex-Glory defender Rhys Williams almost scored with a header from a free kick. Glory also had to hand 16 year old Jacob Italiano his debut such was their lack of players with soft tissue injuries.

The second half probably wasn’t as turgid as the second but Glory conceded when attacking another errant pass was punished, the ball ending up being bundled in sloppily by Berisha after slick passes on the counter. On 67 minutes it was 2-0 Victory with another scrappy goal. This time the constantly dangerous Leroy George scored after returning Socceroo James Troisi got off the chain for a second.

Glory rang the changes trying to spark some life in to their typically crab-like midfield clueless in how to go forward but this was an awful performance from them. Not perfect from Victory either but after normally coming away from Perth with nothing they’ll take this to finally kickstart the season. Kenny Lowe’s job at Glory will continue to be questions with more rumours of a drinking culture at the club and questions about their training methods with more injuries.

Ingham, Milligan, Berisha and George celebrate in front of the away end in Perth.

 SACRED COW OF THE ROUND-Leroy George.

The Dutchman has been a rare highlight for Victory so far this season adding an attacking flair to the side who had lost Ben Kalfallah and Marco Rojas in the off season. Then there was filling the massive void left by a suspended Berisha but managed to rescue points for Victory on two occasions thanks to his deft ability  with a free kick. Another goal in Perth on the weekend continues to see his stocks rise.

 

ARSECLOWN OF THE ROUND-Spotless Stadium.

There was no Wanderers game this week because of either an unsafe pitch or the fact a major music festival had muscled in using the venue to set up and booting Wanderers out. Wanderers officials said it was because of the pitch, yet no one was allowed to see the pitch. The promoters of this self proclaimed ‘biggest festival Australia has ever seen’ said that they had started using the venue from the Friday. All a bit unprofessional and another reason why Wanderers should never have gone there. The construction of the new Parramatta Stadium can’t come soon enough.

 

TOTAL GOALS FOR THE ROUND-12  (Season Total 97. Av 2.85 goals a game)

 

WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO NEXT WEEK 

Victory finally have a win and will be travelling to Newcastle on Thursday night in a test for both sides. Victory trying to back up and the Jets trying to show their form wasn’t fleeting.

United will also be looking to back up a good result hosting the undefeated Wanderers on Sunday.

About Dennis Gedling

RTR FM presenter and Glory Guerrillas pod co-host. Cat, Cardie, Glory Bhoy and Socceroo by pain of death. Seen too many Geelong and Socceroos disasters to mention and worships the holy trinity of Larsson, Mifka and Senna.

Comments

  1. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says:

    I watched the CCM v ADE match at my local watering hole. That was a cracker from Adlung.

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