The Newsroom reviews the third round of the A-League season.
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Newcastle Jets
Western Sydney Wanderers and the Newcastle Jets played out an entertaining 2-all draw at Spotless Stadium on Sunday. Tony Popovic’s men kept the Jets back for large durations of the first half, pressing high on the Jets’ defence and keeping possession of the ball in key areas. Centre-back Artiz Borda gave the Wanderers the lead in the 24th minute with a header from a set-piece. Moments after half-time, a handball in the box by Ben Kantarovski gave the opportunity for Wanderers newly-named captain Dimas Delgado to convert from the penalty spot. A turn of events began to pan out for the Jets as a boost in momentum saw them claw back into the game courtesy of Jets captain Nigel Boogaard’s goal in the 81st minute. Seven minutes later, Morten Nordstrand was brought down on the edge of the box by Wanderers keeper Andrew Redmayne which allowed winger Andrew Hoole to squeeze his free kick in the bottom right corner and snatch a point.
Melbourne City vs Perth Glory
Perth Glory were able to withstand Melbourne City after they were able to edge out a breathtaking 3-2 victory at AAMI Park. Glory got things off to a great start which saw a well-executed set-piece enable Andy Keogh to give Perth the lead in the 6th minute. City was handed an opportunity to level the scoreline when captain Bruno Fornaroli was brought down in the box in the 42nd minute. Fornaroli took the opportunity and slotted the penalty past Liam Reddy to get City back in the contest. Andy Keogh put Glory ahead just after half-time with a near post header which narrowly crossed the line. Despite going ahead, the lead was short-lived when City’s new signing Fernando Brandan found space inside the box to level the scoreline once again. In the end, it would be Perth Glory who took home the three points when Andy Keogh stepped up once again and lobbed City keeper Dean Bouzanis in the 84th minute.
Adelaide United vs Melbourne Victory
Melbourne Victory beat Adelaide 2-1 in an enthralling contest on Saturday. It only took 20 minutes for Kevin Muscat’s men to get on the scoreboard when Besart Berisha finished off a counter-attack to give Victory the lead. Numerous chances went by for Guillermo Amor’s men but they were finally rewarded in the 66th minute when right-back Tarek Elrich scored a left-footed belter to bring United back into the contest. When it looked like both teams would share the spoils, Melbourne Victory’s Marco Rojas stepped up to seal the win late in stoppage time to send the traveling victory fans into delirium. – Ben Owusu
Photo of a Jets player and a WSW Wanderer from the Newcastle Jets Twitter feed.