MELBOURNE CITY 2 NEWCASTLE JETS 3
CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 1 SYDNEY FC 3
BRISBANE ROAR 3 ADELAIDE UNITED 0
WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS 1 PERTH GLORY 0
MELBOURNE VICTORY 3 WELLINGTON PHOENIX 0
The Young Guns
Note: I missed this game as I was in Melbourne for PAX.
Brisbane Roar bounced back from last week’s defeat at Wellington with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Adelaide United. It was the club’s two inform strikers Jamie Maclaren and Brandon Borrello who did the damage with the later scoring a brace to compound Adelaide’s miserable start to the season. Shockingly, the Reds have yet to register a single goal this season from any of their players with the only goals in their favour coming from own goals.
Sadly, I didn’t get to watch the game as I was interstate so I’ve only seen the highlights video above. Needless to say though, I am extremely happy about the club’s unexpectedly bright start to the season.
News and Notes
- In football broadcasting news, there was an unexpected development when mobile phone carrier Optus snatched away the exclusive broadcasting rights to the English Premiere League away from cable giant Fox Sports. Fox had already been haemorrhaging subscribers to video on demand services like Netflix for television and movie programming so one would have thought that they would’ve fought tooth and nail to keep their sports coverage secure. Instead, they were comprehensively outbid by Optus ($60+ million, allegedly double what Foxtel put on the table) and now the EPL is calling a mobile phone company home. It’s not yet clear what these means for coverage, whether Optus sets up a digital subscription service ala NBA League Pass or if they will simply onsell the rights to other channels.
- After unexepectedly bright starts for Central Coast and Perth Glory, both clubs have fallen away in the last two rounds. Newcastle Jets however, came from two goals down to beat Melbourne City and are flying high. Along with Brisbane Roar they are one of the unexpected success stories of the season so far.
- Adelaide United have been terrible under new coach Guillermo Amor. I’m all in favour of clubs giving coaches plenty of time to settle in however. I hope he can work things out. There’s definitely enough talent at the club to be performing well above their current position.
- Melbourne Victory finally put in the type of performance we expect of the club and it came at the expense of Wellington Phoenix. The Nix weren’t terrible by any means. Victory were just too good. An ominous warning to the rest of the competition.