It was very much a case of the ‘Commentator’s Curse’ this weekend as Adelaide United slumped to their worst defeat of the season just days after we heaped praise on them. The Newcastle Jets totally outplayed their South Australian opponents to emerge 3-1 victors, and the catalyst for the win was none other than former Everton and Arsenal striker Francis Jeffers who was making his A-League debut. Nikolai Topor-Stanley opened the scoring in the third minute with his first ever league goal before Mario Jesic doubled the lead just nine minutes later. The thrid goal didn’t arrive until the second half but there was a touch of class that made it worth the wait. Jeffers received the ball on the left wing and his angled cross field pass was superbly weighted for Jesic who finished first time for his second goal. Iain Fyfe grabbed a consolation for the visitors but even that couldn’t dampen the spirits of the majority of the 8,278 in attendance.
Perth Glory ended a run of ten games without a win in spectacular fashion with an excellent 3-1 win over Melbourne Victory, thanks in large part to a hat-trick from Robbie Fowler. The marquee striker, who has had his critics this week, was in stunning form as he tore the visitors’ defence to shreds and his finishing was first class. Fowler’s first of the afternoon arrived after ten minutes when he was bundled over in the area by Rodrigo Vargas and picked himself up to take the spot kick. His initial effort was saved by Michael Petkovic but the former Liverpool and England striker tucked home the rebound for his side’s first home goal in 40 days. The second goal arrived early in the second half when good pressure down the right saw Neville’s scuffed cross drop to the Glory number nine and he fired past Petkovic with his right foot. Fowler completed his hattrick with a cool finish just after the hour and though the visitors pulled one back through Mate Dugandzic, there was no spoiling the party at nib Stadium.
Brisbane Roar maintained their position as league leaders with a come from behind 2-1 win over Melbourne Victory at AAMI Stadium in the Victorian capital. The Heart when ahead early on when Belgian striker Gerald Sibon claimed his third goal of the season in the 11th minute. They could have extended their lead through Rutger Worm but he crashed a header off the post from Josip Skoko’s cross. The equaliser came with 25 minutes remaining when Kosta Barbarouses played a neat one two with Mitch Nichols on the edge of the area before firing home. It looked as though the points would be shared until, in the 88th minute, Jean Carlos Solorzano tapped home from close range. Brisbane are now unbeaten in ten games and have stretched their lead over Adelaide United to four points.
Full back Josh Rose was the hero for the Central Coast Mariners on Saturday afternoon as he scored twice to give his side three points away to the Wellington Phoenix. The defeat was the second in as many home games for The Nix who lost their long standing unbeaten record at Westpac Stadium against the Brisbane Roar recently. The Mariners took the lead when highly talented 17 year old Mustafa Amini released Rose who cut inside and fired into the top corner from 20 yards. Wellington rarely threatened throughout in what was another lacklustre performance, and they registered just one shot on target over the course of the 90 minutes. Ryan struck his second in the 80th minute after another strong run into the aream and substitute Adam Kwasnik sealed the win with a late strike to make it 3-0 to the visitors.
Also bagging a brace at the weekend was Gold Coast United’s Joel Porter who helped his side down Sydney FC by three goals to one. It was the first time Porter had found the net this season and the goals were a welcome boost to the striker’s confidence. Porter’s first came after 15 minutes when Adama Traore and Jason Culina linked up to free him and, with Sydney appealing for offside, he finished past Ivan Necevski. Culina doubled the lead just before half, scoring from the edge of the area having been set up by Anderson. Porter’s second arrived in the 54th minute an it was special. He jinked past two defenders having cut in from the right, before firing a sstunning left foot drive into the far corner. Sydney were well below par but they did manage a late goal through top socrer Bruno Cazarine.
Friday, 19 November 2010
Melbourne Heart v Adelaide United
Saturday, 20 November 2010
Newcastle Jets v Wellington Phoenix
Brisbane Roar v North Queensland Fury
Sunday, 21 November 2010
Sydney FC v Perth Glory
Central Coast Mariners v Gold Coast United
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne Heart
Newcastle Jets v Central Coast Mariners
Melbourne Victory BYE