After three rounds of the A-League it’s the original ‘Big Three’ in Sydney FC, Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United that are making the early running.
Brisbane Roar 0-2 Sydney FC
(Janko 28’, Dimitrijevic’)
Crowd: 14,141 @ Suncorp Stadium
Who would’ve thought the defending champion would start the season with three straight losses? Yet that’s exactly what has transpired. While Brisbane look a shadow of their normal-self, Sydney go from strength to strength and Austrian marquee Marc Janko scored an early contender for goal of the season with a volley from all of 40m.
Melbourne Victory 5-2 Melbourne City
(Thompson 23’ 87’, Berisha 45’ 46’ 67’ / Wielaert 13’, Hoffman 26’)
Crowd: 43,729 @ Etihad Stadium
Melbourne Victory proved their title credentials against cross-town rivals Melbourne City, twice coming from behind in the first half before to go into the break locked at 2-2. Within 19 seconds of the second half it was 3-2. Albanian striker Besart Berisha completed his hattrick from the penalty spot as Victory steamrolled City to go top of the table and hand City their first loss of the season and extend their winless run to nine games.
Wellington Phoenix 4-1 Newcastle Jets
(Burns 4’ 42’, McGlinchey 64’ Durante 90’+1 / Griffiths 90’)
Crowd: 7802 @ Westpac Stadium
In the early years of the A-League Nathan Burns, then with Adelaide United, was rated as one of the hottest prospects in Australia. An ill-fated move overseas halted his career somewhat, but back in the A-League with Wellington he showed on Sunday just why he was rated so highly, scoring twice and laying on the assist for McGlinchey’s third of the season. Back-to-back wins have catapulted the Kiwi side into fourth.
Adelaide United 2-0 Perth Glory
(Cirio 18’, Mabil 68’)
Crowd: 11,473 @ Coopers Stadium
Perth came into this game with a perfect record, yet never looked in the game as Adelaide controlled the game from start to finish, proving why many have tipped them to challenge for the title. Cirio got on the end of some lovely work by Argentine Marcelo Carusca for the first, while excitement machine Awer Mabil finished calmly passed Vukovic midway through the second half to seal the three points and continue their undefeated start to the season.