The Newsroom reviews round 19 of the A-League
Roar come from behind to snatch a point against Jets and claim top spot
John Aloisi’s Brisbane Roar salvaged a 2-2 draw against Newcastle Jets to claim top spot in the A-League. Brisbane were handed an early lead at Suncorp Stadium as Jamie Maclaren pounced on the rebound from a penalty saved by Mark Birighitti early in the first half. Mitch Cooper headed home an Alivodic cross soon after to equalise. The Jets then took the lead through Milos Trifunovic who scored from the spot after Corey Brown handled inside the area. With just over 20 minutes left to play Brisbane stepped up the pressure and a Jade North cross was met by Jet’s Alivodic who turned the ball into his own net. Brisbane, unbeaten in their last three games, lead the table.
Goal-line controversy as Victory and City share points in the Melbourne Derby
Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City settled for a 2-2 draw enlivened by a red card and a controversial goal-line decision. Bruno Fornaroli shined for City, scoring from a move he began with an audacious rabona-flick in the centre of the pitch. Fahid Ben Khalfallah equalised for Victory six minutes later before Fornaroli gave his side the lead again. Gui Finkler was able to head home shortly after half-time to equalise for Victory. With the sides locked at 2-2 Victory were awarded a free-kick in the 54th minute. Finkler’s dipping strike clearly crossed the line – as the 25,738 AAMI Park fans saw on big screen replays – but the goal was not awarded by the officials. City hung on with 10 men after Anthony Caceres got a second yellow at the 79th minute.
Perth Glory sink Sydney FC at the Allianz
Perth Glory have given their chances of a finals berth a significant boost through an impressive 2-1 win over Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium. Andrew Keogh took the lead for Perth in the 23rd minute and Chris Harold doubled the lead 20 minutes into the second half. Shane Smeltz found the net for Sydney at the 80-minute mark but it wasn’t enough to avert defeat. Perth now lie 3 points behind Sydney FC, which occupies 6th spot on the ladder – the last finals spot.
Tough week for Wanderers gets worse with shock loss to Phoenix
After a week of fines and media scrutiny, Tony Popovic’s Western Sydney Wanderers suffered a shock 5-2 loss to Wellington Phoenix at Parramatta Stadium. Blake Powell earned his man of the match award by scoring the first four goals. The Wanderers got two late goals through Mitch Nichols and Mark Bridge before a challenge in the box conceded a penalty to the Phoenix. Michael McGlinchey converted to round off an impressive win for the New Zealanders.
Adelaide beat Mariners to climb to third
Adelaide United rose to third on the table by coming from behind to defeat Central Coast Mariners 3-2 in Gosford in a match delayed four hours because of heat. The Mariners took a first-half lead through Fabio Ferriera before Isaias scored with a free-kick. Bruce Djite and Stefan Mauk sealed the win though Mariners forward Josh Bingham scored a consolation goal deep in stoppage time. – Anthony Johnston
Photo of Andrew Keogh celebrating his goal from Perth Glory’s Facebook page.