MIDWEEK ASIAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
URAWA RED DIAMONDS 0 BRISBANE ROAR 1
NEWCASTLE JETS 0 SYDNEY FC 1
WELLINGTON PHOENIX 2 ADELAIDE UNITED 0
MELBOURNE VICTORY 1 PERTH GLORY 1
CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 1 MELBOURNE CITY 0
BRISBANE ROAR 1 WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS 0
There And Back Again
What a week it was for Brisbane Roar who travelled from Perth to Japan to Singapore and back to Brisbane in the span of a week to secure two vitally important wins. Firstly, the club secured their maiden Asian Champions League win. An unlikely away win at Urawa Red Diamonds of Japan, thanks to a third minute goal from teenager Brandon Borrello. The goal wasn’t seen by anyone in Australia because the previous game between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Guangzhou Evergrande ran overtime after an injury to the Chinese keeper lead to seventeen minutes of injury time being added on. By the time the Roar game came on, Brisbane were already a goal up.
The team played well for the full ninety minutes and were bailed out of a couple of golden opportunities for Urawa thanks to some tidy defending from Luke DeVere and – if you can believe – much maligned goal keeper Jamie Young who stepped in for Michael Theo who had a groin strain.
The team then flew back to Brisbane and played against the Wanderers in front of paltry crowd of 12,000 at Suncorp. It’s hard to believe just twelve months ago these two teams were playing in a grand final at the same venue in front of 50,000 people. Today, the Wanderers are a shadow of the team they once were and although Brisbane have rediscovered some form, their start to the season was so bad they are basically in a race for sixth place.
The Roar defeated the hapless Wanderers 1-0 thanks to another goal from Borrello. Western Sydney seem to exhausted all of their luck. They had a great chance at an equalizer in stoppage time but Tommy Juric’s shot rattled the crossbar, bounced on the goal line and then spun out.
Brisbane are now WWDW with their domestic form and look a decent chance at securing sixth place thanks to Melbourne City unexpectedly faltering at Gosford against the Mariners.
News and Notes
- For a few hours, Wellington Phoenix were top of the table after their 2-0 victory over Adelaide United. Ernie Merrick’s men are one of the form sides in the competition and in a tight five way race for the title, they must surely be one of the favourites. Next week is a top of the table clash that could go a long way to determining the eventual winners of the Premiere’s Plate. Perth Glory vs Wellington Phoenix as a top of the table clash. Who would’ve thought we’d be saying that in October last year?
- Marc Janko is in red hot form at Sydney scoring nine in six games. He ties Besart Berisha as the only other player to score in six consecutive A-League games.
- Not surprisingly, Central Coast sacked their coach Phil Moss this week.
- Former Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey is now in the M-League, coaching Sabah FC!