The Newsroom reviews week two of the 2016/17 Hyundai A-League season.
Adelaide United v Western Sydney Wanderers
The Wanderers were hoping to gain revenge on Adelaide United after the Reds defeated the Wanderers in last season’s grand final. From the opening minute of the game, the intensity of the match was evident after Jack Clisby was booked for a rash foul on United striker Sergio Cirio. The loss of their key forward didn’t seem to affect Adelaide going forward, taking the lead through a neat finish from Henrique in the 43rd minute. Despite going down a goal at the end of the first half, the Wanderers seemed to have gained a boost in momentum. Supersub Brendan Santalab was brought on in the 60th minute as a replacement for Kerem Bulut and didn’t have any qualms finding his feet in the match. Santalab’s near post tap-in in the 67th minute brought the Wanderers back in the contest but it was in stoppage time where Santalab was in the right place at the right time when he found himself on the receiving end of a Mitch Nichols cross to make the score 2-1.
Sydney FC vs Central Coast Mariners
Fresh off their derby rout of the Western Sydney Wanderers, Sydney FC were looking to continue their good form against the Central Coast Mariners. Paul Okon’s men had all of the possession in the opening moments of the game, controlling the tempo of the game and looking to split open the Sydney defence. Sydney’s marquee winger Filip Holosko found himself on the scoresheet for the second week in a row when Milos Ninkovic played a superb defence-splitting pass to send Holosko through on goal to give the sky blues the lead. Graham’s Arnold’s men doubled the lead in the 35th minute after a lobbed ball from Ninkovic was played down to Bobo who then calmly tapped the ball into the back of the net to put Sydney FC in a comfortable position going into half-time. Filip Holosko was again on the scoresheet, slotting a penalty in the 65th minute after Bobo was brought down in the box by Mariners defender Jake McGing. The sky blues rounded off their dominating performance when captain Alex Brosque pounced on a mistake from Mariners keeper Ivan Necevski to make it 4-0.
Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City
Melbourne Victory played hosts for the 20th edition of the Melbourne Derby in front of a packed crowd of 43,000. The match was filled with fiery moments between the two sets of teams. Tim Cahill’s debut match for City kicked off in spectacular fashion when his 40-yard volley hit the back of the net in the 27th minute giving City the lead. City captain Bruno Fornaroli doubled City’s lead in the 31st minute with a diving header, beating Victory keeper Lawrence Thomas at his near post. At the beginning of the second half, City piled on the pressure and found themselves three goals up when Luke Brattan found space inside the box to send the City fans into delirium. Melbourne Victory brought themselves back into the game when Marco Rojas whizzed through the City defence in the 62nd minute but the game was all but done when Fernando Brandan outmuscled Jason Geria and took the ball into the box to put it past Thomas. City claimed their biggest derby win 4-1. – Ben Owusu
Perth Glory 2-0 Wellington Phoenix
Newcastle Jets 4-0 Brisbane Roar
Photo of Tim Cahill and his teammates from the Melbourne City Facebook page.