Written off by many before the start of the season, Perth Glory are beginning to prove doubters wrong as they won their fifth game from six to sit atop the A-League. Their vanquished, Asian champions Western Sydney, are without a win and sit rooted to the bottom of the table.
Newcastle Jets 0-4 Brisbane Roar
(Henrique 49’ 72’ 89’, Lustica 66’)
Crowd: 10,216 @ Hunter Stadium
Both teams came into the match without a win, and in Brisbane’s case under pressure after a week of intense scrutiny. They could hardly have asked for a better riposte as they steamrolled Newcastle in the second half, with Brazilian striker Henrique bagging his first ever A-League hat trick in the process. The win eases some of the pressure that was beginning to mount on coach Mike Mulvey.
Adelaide United 2-1 Wellington Phoenix
(Boogaard 36’, Cirio 90’+4 / Bonevacia 15’)
Crowd: 9726 @ Coopers Stadium
Adelaide played their third match at home in eight days at a wet Coopers Stadium and almost took an early lead, but it was Wellington who did so after a perfectly executed counter-attack lead by Fijian Roy Krishna, who teed up Roly Bonevacia for the opener. A thumping header from Nigel Boogaard levelled the scores at half time and the game looked headed for a draw when arguably the league’s hottest players, Sergio Cirio, popped up in the dying seconds to steal the game for Adelaide, much to the delight of his excitable coach Josep Gombau who ran onto the pitch to celebrate with his players.
Sydney FC 0-0 Melbourne Victory
Crowd: 21,242 @ Allianz Stadium
It might have finished scoreless but it wasn’t from a lack of trying. In a game missing several big names claimed by international duty, Melbourne thought they had taken an early lead through Besart Berisha, but he was flagged for offside and no more than a minute later Sydney too had a goal waved off. Both sides created excellent opportunities but excellent goalkeeping from Vedran Janjetovic and Nathan Coe, as well as some wayward shooting, ensured a goalless finish and allowed both sides kept their unbeaten start to the season alive.
Perth Glory 2-1 Western Sydney Wanderers
(Djulbic 9’, Jamieson 78’ / Sotirio 85’)
Crowd: 12,166 @ nib Stadium
An in-form Perth Glory welcomed the Asian champions to Perth and were hungry to make a statement; they got off to a perfect start when Dino Djulbic headed home from a corner inside the opening 10 minutes. Scott Jamieson produced a contender for goal of the season with a stunning free kick late in the second half to seal all three points. While Western Sydney was able to pull one back, they weren’t able to find the equaliser and Perth returned to the top of the table.
Melbourne City 2-2 Central Coast Mariners
(Dugandzic 11’, Paartalu 53’ / Trifiro 79’, Hutchinson 90’+3)
Crowd: 9402 @ AAMI Park
It looked for all money as though it was going to be back-to-back wins for City after they stormed to a 2-0 lead thanks to headed goals from Mate Dugandzic and Erik Paartalu. David Williams inexplicably missed a chance to make it 3-0 when he was one-on-one with Liam Reddy. It was a miss that ultimately proved costly as Central Coast got back into the game thanks to a wonderful free kick from Glen Trifiro. Just when it looked like City would escape with all three points, up stepped the Mariners captain to smash home the equaliser from outside the box to the delight of the small band of traveling fans.