ADELAIDE UNITED 2 MELBOURNE CITY 4
SYDNEY FC 0 BRISBANE ROAR 0
NEWCASTLE JETS 1 WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS 2
CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 1 WELLINGTON PHOENIX 1
A Stalemate In Sydney
Brisbane Roar travelled to Sydney FC and played out a dour scoreless draw against the league leaders. Sydney FC set out to play spoiler tactics from the opening whistle and inflicted a lot of fouls on the Roar. With yellow cards not quickly forthcoming, it meant the game was a very stop-start affair that suited the Sky Blues. For Brisbane, their consolation will come from keeping a clean sheet for a second week in a row. Bizarrely, the last three games between these two sides have been – 0-0, 5-4, 0-0.
News and Notes
- Melbourne Victory won the second ever FFA Cup, defeating back-to-back finalists Perth Glory 2-0 in comfortable fashion. For a tournament that was promoted as ‘The Magic of Cup Football’, the final felt anything but. Overpriced tickets ensured many fans stayed away. A week night fixture against Wellington Phoenix a week prior drew a bigger crowd. TV viewership was mediocre. The game was over as a contest before half time. People yawned and moved on. It was a game that will be quickly forgotten. The only noteworthy milestone was Besart Berisha becoming the first player to score in every round of the tournament.
- It took five rounds, but an Adelaide United player finally scored a goal. Unfortunately, they conceded four goals at home to Melbourne City. It’s the first genuine sign that the club is going to have a real uphill battle this season and new manager Guillermo Amor might be out of his depth.