Adelaide stumble as Brisbane Roar

by Neil Sherwin

Wellington Phoenix’s 24 game home run, stretching back to October 2008, has finally come to an end following a 4-1 trashing by Brisbane Roar at Westpac Stadium today. It was a Phoenix old boy who led the charge for the visitors with Kosta Barbarouses setting the Roar on their way after just four minutes. The home side did manage an equaliser through Tim Brown on 37 minutes, but parity didn’t last long as the ever impressive Tommy Broich restored the Roar’s lead. Massimo Murdocca added a third in the 76th minute before a late Mitch Nichols strike capped a fantastic night for Brisbane who move to the top of the table ahead of Adelaide United. The win made it four points from two games for the new leaders following their 1-1 draw with Sydney FC at the Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday.

The day’s other fixture saw Perth Glory end a run of seven consecutive defeats with a 0-0 draw at home to Melbourne Heart. Interim manager rang the changes, with youngsters Brett Griffiths, Howard Fondyke and Tommy Amphlett all coming into the side. Both sides had good chanxes to claim all three points, with the best of those falling to Eli Babalj in the final minute but his header came back off the post. Nick Kalmar came close for the Heart on a number of occassions while at the other end Mile Sterjovski blazed over on the half volley from six yards. It was a much improved overall performance from Glory who were the subject of a weekend 5-0 hammering from the Central Coast Mariners. Rostyn Griffiths, Matt Simon, Adam Kwasnik and Matthew Lewis all got on the scoresheet in that game with the final goal coming when Glory defender Naum Sekulovski put through his own net.

The weekend’s fixtures began with something of a shock on Friday night when Melbourne Heart beat Adelaide United 2-1 at AAMI Park. The defeat was United’s first of the season, and they have now lost ten successive games to the Victory. Adelaide were quickly out of the blocks, and were ahead inside the first two minutes when defender Ian Fyfe rose to head home Paul Reid’s free kick. It was young striker Robbie Kruse who equalised with a quarter of the game gone. Next up for Adelaide is a crunch match against the Roar, and they will be without youngster Matthew Leckie who suffered a serious knee injury against the Victory.

Port Macquarie in New South Wales became the temporary home of the Newcastle Jets but they were unable to pick up any points against Melbourne Heart, going down by two goals to nil. Nick Kalmar gave the visitors the lead with a stunning strike that will surely be a contender for Goal of the Season. A cross into the box was only partially cleared, and when Josip Skoko returned the ball to the area Kalmar was on hand to swivel and fire a wonderful volley into the corner of the net past a helpless Ben Kennedy. It set up a nervy last quarter but a penalty from Gerald Sibon in the fourth minute of injury time sealed the win.

An 84th minute Dino Djulbic header gave Gold Coast United a 2-1 win over the North Queensland Fury at Dairy Farmers Stadium and in the process stertched their unbeaten run to eight games. Adama Traore gave Gold Coast the lead on 11 minutes when he fired past Justin Pasfield but the hosts drew level right on the stroke of half time when Mark Hughes nodded home Ufuk Talay’s delivery. Joel Porter had a goal disallowed for Gold Coast just after the hour, and it was left up to centre half Djulbic to win the game late on.

Round 13

Friday, 5 November 2010

North Queensland Fury v Central Coast Mariners

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Melbourne Victory v Gold Coast United

Brisbane Roar v Adelaide United

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Perth Glory v Wellington Phoenix

Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Adelaide United v Perth Glory

North Queensland Fury v Melbourne Heart

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