Perth Glory are sitting pretty at the top of the Hyundai A-League after a superb 2-0 win over Melbourne Victory in AAMI Stadium on Saturday. The Westerners had not won a game in the Victorian capital since the league took on its present form, but goals from veteran defender Jamie Harnwell and ex-Socceroo Mile Sterjovski and a fine defensive performance ensured that there was no repeat of the 6-2 drubbing on their last visit.
Meanwhile in Wellington, hosts the Phoenix played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Gold Coast United in horrendous conditions. It got so bad that referee Peter O’Leary offered both sides the opportunity to have it abandoned at half time but they chose to persevere. Paul Ifill wgave the Phoenix an early lead. Former Manchester City striker Chris Greenacre and New Zealand World Cup star Shane Smeltz tradded braces before Gold Coast captain Jason Culina stole a point with a late header.
North Queensland Fury hitman Chris Payne helped gun down his former club Sydney FC in a shock 2-1 win at Dairy Farmers Stadium. The 19 year old was in superb form and creating both his side’s goals. Fury took the the lead through Chris Grossman but were pegged back by Scott Jamieson’s goal for the reigning champions on 82 minutes. However less than 60 seconds after that equaliser, the home side scored their winner with striker Dyron Daal finishing off a lovely one-two with Payne.
The spoils were shared between the Central Coast Mariners and Adelaide United at BlueTongue Stadium. Adelaide took the lead through Iain Fyfe but Matt Simon equalised for the Mariners with just eight minutes remaining. Adam Hughes’ dismissal for two yellow cards creates an even further selection headache for United who are already down to the bare bones so early in the season.
Melbourne Heart’s first A-League point was overshadowed by a hamstring injury to former Australian international Josip Skoko who is now likely to be out for four weeks. The 35 year old midfielder limped off in his team’s 1-1 with the Newcastle Jets. Jeremy Brockie gave the Jets the lead on the hour but a stunning own goal by defender Ben Kantarovski in the final ten minutes meant the points were shared.
Round 3 –
Friday, 20 August 2010
Adelaide United v Melbourne Heart
Saturday, 21 August 2010
Perth Glory v Newcastle Jets
Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC
Sunday, 22 August 2010
Wellington Phoenix v Central Coast Mariners
Melbourne Victory v North Queensland Fury
Gold Coast United BYE