Perth and Adelaide out in front as Heart get off the mark

by Neil Sherwin

Perth Glory’s marquee players Robbie Fowler and Mile Sterjovski stepped up to the plate at nib Stadium on Sunday to sink Wellington Phoenix. Sterjovski got his side off to a flyer, tapping home Todd Howarth’s cross, before Fowler scored his first goal for Perth from open play with a clinical header in the second half. Ben Sigmund grabbed a consolation goal for the Phoenix but the visitors are still without a win in the west since joining the A-League in 2007.

Joining Glory at the top of the league are Adelaide United who had striker Sergio Van Dijk to thank in large part for their 3-1 win over Sydney FC at the Sydney Football Stadium. Van Dijk opened the scoring with a deflected free kick before Adam Leckie doubled the lead with an excellent finish after 37 minutes. Van Dijk scored his second after 52 minutes before Stefan Keller added some respectability to the score. Reigning champions Sydney remain rooted to the bottom of the ladder and have yet to win this season.

It was a monumental weeked for Melbourne Heart as they recorded the first victory of their existence on Saturday evening. A goal from Nick Kalmar was enough to see off North Queensland Fury at AAMI Stadium, and the Heart were given a further boost when John Aloisi finally made his debut coming off the bench late on. Indeed, Aloisi almost made a goal scoring start to the latest, and possible final, chapter in his distinguised career but his effort was tipped onto the post by Fury keeper Justin Pasfield.

Brisbane Roar are the league’s other unbeaten side having played out a goalless draw with the ten-man Newcastle Jets on Sunday. Chances were few and far between throughout, with the main talking point coming in the second half when Jets midfielder Ruben Zadkovich was dismissed for a second yellow card on 82 minutes. Brisbane almost snatched all three points but Reinaldo’s header from Matt McKay’s corner struck the underside of the bar and was hooked clear.

A goal in each half from Roystn Griffiths and Daniel McBreen gave the Central Coast Mariners a 2-0 win over Melbourne Victory. In a first half devoid of many clear cut chances, it was Griffiths who found the net, nodding home Michael McGlinchey’s free kick. The vital second goal came on 50 minutes when Daniel McBreen got in ahead of Kevin Muscat to turn home Matt simon’s cross. The win was the Mariners’ first since the opening day, while the Victory sit in seventh place on five points.

Round 6 -

Friday, 10 September 2010

Central Coast Mariners v Melbourne Heart

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Adelaide United v Newcastle Jets

Wellington Phoenix v Sydney FC

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Melbourne Victory v Brisbane Roar

Perth Glory v Gold Coast United

North Queensland Fury BYE

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