The Newsroom reviews round five of the A-League season.
Brisbane Roar 1-0 Melbourne City
Tim Cahill’s return to City’s starting lineup wasn’t enough for John Van’t Schip’s team to claim a win, going down 1-0 against Brisbane Roar. It took just 10 minutes for the Roar to go ahead. Thomas Broich’s defence-splitting pass played Brandon Borrello through on goal, taking the ball past City keeper Dean Bouzanis before Jamie Maclaren intercepted and slotted the ball into the back of the net. Melbourne City was having a dreadful night in front of goal, taking just three shots throughout the whole game with none of them on target.
Sydney FC 2-1 Melbourne Victory
Despite conceding their first goal of the season, Sydney FC continued their impressive form, coming back from a goal down in the first half to salvage a 2-1 win. Both sides set the tempo of the game early, flying into challenges and creating chances. Victory striker Besart Berisha had the opportunity to put his side in the lead after he was brought down in the box by Filip Holosko in the 24th minute. Stepping up to the spot, Berisha fired his shot over the crossbar, sending the Sydney FC fans into raptures. Soon after, Mitch Austin put Victory ahead on the stroke of half-time, finding himself on the receiving end of a Marco Rojas low cross. The second half resumed with Sydney FC looking the goods. A David Carney strike gave Sydney the equaliser in the 62nd minute despite the controversy of a possible handball before he would once again be the hero for Sydney, scoring the winner in the 77th minute which couldn’t be denied. – Ben Owusu
Wellington Phoenix 2-0 Newcastle Jets
Adelaide United 1-2 Central Coast Mariners
Perth Glory 2-2 Western Sydney Wanderers
Ladder as it stands:
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Photo of Jamie Maclaren kicking a goal from the Brisbane Roar Twitter feed.