MELBOURNE CITY 2 NEWCASTLE JETS 1
ADELAIDE UNITED 1 BRISBANE ROAR 1
CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 0 WELLINGTON PHOENIX 2
MELBOURNE VICTORY 3 WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS 0
SYDNEY FC 4 PERTH GLORY 1
Roar settle for the Draw
It felt like Brisbane Roar did enough to beat Adelaide United. A maiden Roar goal for Brett Holman had they sitting comfortably at 1-0 against the out-of-form home team. But Adelaide got a late equalizer in the game thanks to Serge Guardiola who headed past Michael Theo to equalize for the Reds. It was a frustrating goal to concede in truth. It looked very save-able and at this point, the stats for the Brisbane Roar goal keeper do not make for pretty reading. In nine shots on goal that the Roar have given up this season so far, they have seen seven hit the back of the net.
On the plus side, the Roar managed to handle the absence of striker Jamie Maclaren who was called up for Socceroos duty.
A draw against the defending champions away from home is nothing to be sniffed at but given our current form and the nature of the goal conceded, its not to feel like two points went begging.
News and Notes
- Sydney FC are getting close to setting a competition record with their blistering start to the season which has now extended to six wins in a row. They demolished Perth Glory, a side which has generally shined brightly this season.
- Wellington Phoenix made it two from two with a win away to Central Coast Mariners. The game was held in Canberra. I don’t really know why. I understand the concept of expanding the reach of the game but picking two teams with the smallest fan bases in the comp seems a bit ridiculous. Over and above that, the FFA remains frustrating vague and tight lipped on what a Canberra team or any other interested parties would need to do to get an A-League license when the time comes for expansion.
- This might be the worst start we’ve ever seen from the Wanderers. Goal keeper Andrew Redmayne is a shocking liability and his poor decision making seems to regular cost the side a goal.
- The Socceroos took a major hit to their Russia World Cup qualification chances when they drew 2-2 with Thailand. It was a game they were fortune to escape with a point in truth. The Socceroos scored both their goals from penalties (the second very generous from the ref) and Thailand almost had a winner in the final minutes of the game. There are some players in green and gold who seem to be playing on borrowed time. I’m looking at the likes of Robbie Kruse and Mathew Leckie who have failed to score goals up front for some time now. The lack of game time is also clearly hurting the form of Matt Ryan and others. The worst Socceroos performance under Ange Postecoglou.