McKay on target as Brisbane ‘Roar’

by Neil Sherwin

A single goal by skipper Matt McKay gave Brisbane Roar a deserved victory over reigning champions Sydney FC at the weekend. It was the Roar’s first win of the season, though they made hard work of it after failing to convert a number of first half chances in front of just over ten thousand spectators at Suncorp Stadium.

Perth Glory continues to set the early pace in the Hyundai A-League following a 1-0 win over the Newcastle Jets on Saturday afternoon. Branko Jelic, who had come on as an early substitute for Mile Sterjovski, scored the only goal of the game in first half injury time. Glory dominated throughout and were good value for the win. They sit top of the ladder on seven points from their first three games.

North Queensland Fury continue to surprise many and are two points off top spot after snatching a late 2-2 draw with Melbourne Victory despite being reduced to 9 men. Striker Chris Payne equalised from the spot on 82 minutes to claim a point. Indeed, Scottish referee Chris Boyle awarded three penalties in his first A-League apeearance. Chris Grossman and Eric Akoto were the two to see red, and Fury were unsuccessful in appealing the latter’s dismissal following a controversial coming together with Victory skipper Kevin Muscat.

Paul Ifill and Leo Bertos were on target for the Wellington Phoenix as they comfortably overcame the Central Coast Mariners at Westpac Stadium. The Phoenix are now unbeaten at home in 21 matches, though it was in many ways an ugly victory as the only two shots they had on target were the goals.

Melbourne Heart remain winless, going down 3-2 to Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium. Former Sydney FC striker Iain Ramsey was the hero as he bagged two goals, with Matthew Leckie having scored the opener. Rutger Worm and Eli Baladj got the goals for Melbourne.

Round 4 -

Friday, 27 August 2010

Brisbane Roar v Wellington Phoenix

Saturday, 28 August 2010

North Queensland Fury v Adelaide United

Sydney FC v Central Coast Mariners

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Gold Coast United v Melbourne Victory

Melbourne Heart v Perth Glory

Newcastle Jets BYE

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