With Australian football basking in the glow of Western Sydney’s historic AFC Champions League triumph it was another entertaining round of A-League action as the early season front-runners continued their charge and the league said an early farewell to a Spanish legend.
Melbourne City 1-2 Adelaide United
(Kisnorbo 9’ / Djite 38’, Carrusca (P) 80’)
Crowd: 13,083 @ AAMI Park
Without a win in their first three games the newly re-branded Melbourne City were looking to send marquee man David Villa out on a winning note, and it was looking good when defender Patrick Kisnorbo headed home after just nine minutes. However, a header from Bruce Djite just before half time squared the ledger and a late penalty, converted by Argentine Marcelo Carrusca, ensured the Reds took all three points to, temporarily, sit top of the table.
Perth Glory 2-1 Newcastle Jets
(Maclaren 77’ 80’ / Jeronimo 74’)
Crowd: 8624 @ nib Stadium
Looking to continue their bright start to the season Perth welcomed Newcastle to nib Stadium, and after surviving a few nervy moments it looked as though the visitors would snatch all three points when Jeronimo, who signed from Adelaide United in the off-season, gave the Jets the lead with 15 minutes to play. Super sub Jamie Maclaren had other ideas and hit a quick-fire brace to ensure Perth won their third game out of four and kept in touch with the top three.
Sydney FC 2-0 Central Coast Mariners
(Antonis 21’, Ognenovski 26’)
Crowd: 17,761 @ Allianz Stadium
Graham Arnold’s side continued their unbeaten start to the season after Sydney FC got the better of his former side, Central Coast. Young-gun Terry Antonis provided the highlight of the match, with a stunning strike from outside the box providing the opener. Sasa Ognenovski deflected in Milos Dimitrijevic’s shot five minutes later to double the lead. Mitch Duke had a late chance from the penalty spot but Vedran Janjetovic produced a stunning double save to keep a clean sheet.
Melbourne Victory 2-0 Wellington Phoenix
(Finkler 26’, Pain 68’)
Crowd: 23,827 @ AAMI Park
Missing four first-team regulars it was a somewhat depleted Melbourne Victory that took to the field in the now traditional Melbourne Cup eve clash against Wellington Phoenix. The early-season favourites proved their title credentials as they turned in another eye-catching performance. Brazilian Gui Finkler produced another set piece special to open the scoring, although that was almost cancelled out by Nathan Burns on the stroke of half time but Nathan Coe saved well to deny the 26-year-old striker. Connor Pain came on in the 67th minute and less than a minute later doubled the lead to ensure Victory finished the round in top spot.