2014-15 Hyundai A-League – Round 2 Recap

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A-League Rd 2 - Sydney v Western Sydney

Adelaide United 1-1 Melbourne Victory

(Cirio 85’ / Ben Khalfallah 89’)

Crowd: 33,126 @ Adelaide Oval

In front of a record crowd of 33,126 at the newly redeveloped Adelaide Oval, both sides struggled to find the form that saw them both record victories in Round 1. Sergio Cirio’s delightfully taken 85th minute strike looked to have sealed all three points for the home side, but Tunisian international Fahid Ben Khalfallah had other ideas, netting from a corner in the 89th minute to rescue a point for the visitors.

 

Central Coast Mariners 1-2 Wellington Phoenix

(Doyle (OG) 12’ / McGlinchey 35’, Burns 54’)

Crowd: 7237 @ Central Coast Stadium

After a protracted transfer saga that seemed that drag for an eternity in the pre-season, it just had to be Michael McGlinchey that returned to haunt Central Coast. The diminutive Kiwi was on hand to save Jeremy Brockie’s blushes, heading home the equaliser after Brockie’s spot kick crashed off the crossbar. Fellow off-season recruit Nathan Burns secured all three points early in the second half to give Wellington their first win of the season.

 

Sydney FC 3-2 Western Sydney Wanderers

(Gameiro 45’, Ognenovski 49’, Brosque 80’ / Bridge 19’, Janjetovic (OG) 23’)

Crowd: 41,213 @ Allianz Stadium

The best Sydney Derby yet! Western Sydney sprung out of the blocks and looked to be cruising at 2-0, but a goal to Sydney just before half time swung the momentum. An equaliser at the start of the second half, and a red card to Vitor Saba swung it firmly the way of Sydney FC who capitalised on the man advantage with 10 minutes remaining when captain Alex Brosque sealed all three points, to the delight of some Sydney fans who stormed the pitch to celebrate.

 

Melbourne City 1-1 Newcastle Jets

(Villa 87’ / Montano 62’)

Crowd: 15,717 @ AAMI Park

Two games, two goals for star recruit David Villa. But again Melbourne City could only escape with a draw in what was Villa’s full starting debut. Despite numerous chances, many you would expect Villa to finish, the teams went to the break deadlocked and it was another new recruit, Edson Montano that put the Jets ahead just after the hour mark. But Villa was on the spot to rescue a point for City just before full time.

 

Perth Glory 3-2 Brisbane Roar

(Keogh 49’ 74’ 90’ / Kurtishi 39’, Henrique 55’)

Crowd: 8789 @ nib Stadium

After a shock loss first up, defending champions Brisbane were looking to get their season kick started against a Perth side brimming with confidence after a first up win in Wellington. Twice Brisbane led, and twice they threw it away, ultimately walking away from nib Stadium with nothing to show for their efforts. New Perth recruit Andy Keogh was the hero for the home side with his first hattrick, albeit one in dubious circumstances after his second took a massive deflection after it initially looked to be heading wide. Still, with four goals from his first two games no one at Perth, least of all Keogh, is complaining.

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