Adelaide fly solo as Brisbane and Perth stumble

by Neil Sherwin

A Goal of the Season contender from Marcos Flores helped Adelaide to outright top spot in the Hyundai A-League with a 2-1 win over the Newcastle Jets. Mathew Leckie gave United the lead at Hindmarsh Stadium with a neat header before Flores took centre stage with a stunning solo effort. Picking the ball up in midfield, he eased his way past a number of challenges before chipping the ball over Ben Kennedy into the top right hand corner of the net. Sean Rooney grabbed a late consolation for the Jets following a defensive slip up but Adelaide held on for the three points.

Melbourne Victory sent Brisbane Roar crashing to their first defeat of the season with a resounding 3-0 win at AAMI Park on Saturday evening. It took until the 51st minute for the opening goal when half time substitute Tom Pondeljak when he pounced on a mistake by Roar defender Luke Devere. Ricardinho then netted on his debut before Grant Brebner sealed the win with a splendid long range strike. It wasn’t all good news for the Victory as skipper Kevin Muscat left the field with an ankle injury and could be sidelined for a while.

There was an upset in Perth as the Glory slumped to their first loss of the season against Gold Coast United. Socceroos star Jason Culina scored the only goal of the game when he fired home after his initial header was saved by Tando Velaphi. The hosts never really troubled Glen Moss in the United goal, and Culina should really have put his side further ahead before half time but he blazed over from twelve yards. It was a frustrating afternoon for Robbie Fowler and co. and Gold Coast, who stifled the midfield at every opportunity, sent the majority of the 10,450 crowd home disappointed.

A wonderful finish from Nick Ward gave Wellington Phoenix victory over Sydney FC in a tight game at Westpac Stadium. Paul Ifill put the home side ahead early in the second half from the penalty spot after Ben Sigmund was fouled in the area. Bruno Cazarine’s first goal in Sydney colours restored parity, slotting home after a neat one two with Mark Bridge. It didn’t take long for the Phoenix to go back in front however. On-loan midfielder Ward linked up well with striker Chris Greenacre before firing home a superb strike into the top corner. Wellington are now unbeaten at home in 23 games.

Daniel McBreen’s 20th minute goal was enough to decide the game between the Central Coast Mariners and Melbourne Heart, who came into the contest on a high after their first ever win in Round 5. As if being a goal behind wasn’t difficult enough, Michael Beauchamp’s yellow card seven minutes into the second half made getting back into the game an impossible task the Mariners ran out comfortable winners.

Round 6 -

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Melbourne Victory v Wellington Phoenix

Round 7 -

Friday, 17 September 2010

Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory

Saturday, 18 September 2010

North Queensland Fury v Melbourne Victory

Brisbane Roar v Adelaide United

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Melbourne Heart v Wellington Phoenix

Gold Coast United v Central Coast Mariners

Sydney FC BYE

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