Terrific Terra Saves Heart in Perth

A stunning Alex Terra overhead kick earned Melbourne Heart a 1-1 draw at nib Stadium against a luckless Perth Glory who can feel aggrieved to not have taken more from the game. Having gone a goal up through winger Todd Howarth, after half an hour, the hosts looked to have added a second when Jamie Harnwell’s back heel clearly crossed the line in the second half but the officials waved play on as Wayne Shroj hacked the ball clear. The linesman amazingly failed to spot it despite having a clear view and referee Gerard Parsons allowed play to continue under heavy protest from the Perth players. A visibly rattled Glory had salt rubbed into the wounds when the visitors mustered an equaliser in spectacular fashion. Dean Heffernan swung over a corner from the left and when the ball was knocked down by Gerald Sibon, Alex Terra took one touch with his back to goal before unleashing a superb overhead kick that flew into the top corner past Tando Velaphi. There have been some stunning goals in the Hyundai A-League this season but few will come close to rivalling that. Both sides could have taken all three points late on with John Aloisi going close for Melbourne and Glory skipper Scott Neville shooting wide after a mesmerising run in injury time.

A Bruce Djite double helped Gold Coast United cruise to a 4-0 win over a hapless North Queensland Fury as New Zealand World Cup star Shane Smeltz made a goalscoring return to the A-League. The Fury were very much a depleted side with David Williams, Ufuk Talay and Gareth Edds all absent, and the game was over by half time as Djite scored his third and fourth goals of the season, ending a 14 game drought. Smeltz was back in Gold Coast colours having left for a spell in Turkey after Round 2, and it took only 52 minutes for him to pick up where he left off, finishing neatly past Sebastian Usai having been played through by former Manchester United defender John Curtis. Chris Harold added a fourth goal seven minutes from time as United consolidated fourth spot on the ladder.

The Central Coast Mariners jumped above Adelaide United into second place with a comfortable 2-0 win over the Newcastle Jets at Energy Australia Stadium. A season best Jets home crowd of 13,463 was in attendance for this latest F3 derby, but the majority went home disappointed as goals from Matt Simon and John Hutchinson gave the Mariners the points. Simon broke the deadlock after just 14 minutes when he pounced on a short backpass by Nikolai Topor-Stanley to score past Ben Kennedy. The injury hit Jets, who lost Kasey Wehrman early on, tried to get back on level terms and went close through Labinot Haliti and Ruben Zadkovich but they were unable to find a way past 18 year old Mariners keeper Matt Ryan who has had a superb debut season. Hutchinson, having only come on as a substitute after 76 minutes, made the game safe late on with a right footed effort from the edge of the area.

A late Juho Makela goal grabbed Sydney FC a point in their home clash with Melbourne Victory as two heavy weights put on a good showing at the Sydney Football Stadium. It was a returning hero who opened the scoring for the Victory as Danny Allsopp, who won two Premierships and Championships with the club before leaving for Qatar in 2009, notched on 51 minutes. The former Manchester City, Notts County and Hull City man was on target with the aid of a wicked deflection after a neat pass from Carlos Hernandez. Sydney registered a whopping 32 attempts at goal as they pushed hard for an equaliser but all looked lost when Nicky Carle’s header was superbly saved by the in form Michael Petkovic with five minutes remaining. However, with the game in injury time, Carle’s cross come shot was turned home by substitute Makela. The Finnish striker has now scored twice since joining from HJK Helsinki in December.

The game between Brisbane Roar and Wellington Phoenix at Suncorp Stadium was postponed due to the floods in Queensland.

Round 24

Friday, 21 January 2011

Adelaide United v North Queensland Fury

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Melbourne Victory v Melbourne Heart

Gold Coast United v Newcastle Jets

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Wellington Phoenix v Perth Glory

Central Coast Mariners v Sydney FC

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

North Queensland Fury v Melbourne Victory

Brisbane Roar BYE

You can check out Alex Terra’s wonder goal for Melbourne Heart against Perth Glory below –

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Neil Sherwin
Neil Sherwin

Co-editor of BackPageFootball.com. Writes mostly on Premier League and A-League with contributions to other sites including TheFootballSack, InBedWithMaradona and Bloomberg's BSports. Has featured on The Guardian's Football Weekly.

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