2014-15 Hyundai A-League – Round 7 Recap

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A-League Rd 7 - Melbourne v Brisbane

The top four all registered wins to open a gap at the top of the table, while Western Sydney are still on the lookout for their first win of the season after a 1-1 draw with Newcastle. The big news of the weekend came on Sunday afternoon when news emerged that defending champions Brisbane Roar had sacked coach Mike Mulvey.

Melbourne Victory 1-0 Brisbane Roar
(North (OG) 77’)
Crowd: 23,740 @ Etihad Stadium

Another home game, another win for Melbourne Victory. In Besart Berisha’s first match against his old side there was plenty of interest in how the former Roar marksmen would go against his former club. He was heavily involved throughout, but try as he might, he couldn’t find the back of the net. Just when it looked like neither side would score, Fahid Ben Khalfallah whipped in a dangerous free kick that Jade North bundled into his own net.

Perth Glory 2-1 Wellington Phoenix
(De Silva 2’, Keogh 60’ / Krishna (P) 85’)
Crowd: 9223 @ nib Stadium

It didn’t take long for the leaders to get off the mark against Wellington, with teenage whiz-kid Daniel De Silva, who will move to AS Roma at the end of the season, putting Glory ahead after just two minutes. Andy Keogh doubled the lead midway through the second half before one of the more bizarre moments of the season. Just 17 seconds after coming on Ruben Zadkovich was shown a straight red for a crude tackle on Vince Lia. Wellington rallied late and pulled one back from the spot, but it was Perth who took all three points.

Western Sydney Wanderers 1-1 Newcastle Jets
(Juric 12’ / Flores 27’)
Crowd: 14,136 @ Pirtek Stadium

Looking for their first win of the season the Wanderers confidence was boosted after Tomi Juric smashed home a volley inside the first 15 minutes. However, a neat finish from Marcos Flores 15 minutes later levelled the scores. Juric was a constant threat throughout the match and came within a whisker of putting his side ahead again in the second half, but the woodwork came to the rescue for Newcastle, leaving both sides still searching for their first win of the season.

Melbourne City 1-2 Sydney FC
(Paartalu 88’ / Janko 10’ 83’)
Crowd: 9474 @ AAMI Park

Marc Janko’s decision to return home early from international duty paid off as the Austrian’s brace secured all three points for Sydney FC. The visitors took an early lead from the head of Janko when he got on the end of a delightful cross from Bernie Ibini. He scored his second when City defender Rob Wielaert made a catastrophic mistake, passing the ball directly to Janko, who was flawless in his one-on-one with Redmayne.

Central Coast 0-2 Adelaide United
(Sanchez 40’ 42’)
Crowd: 6404 @ Central Coast Stadium

Adelaide United continued their unbeaten start to the season thanks to a brace from Spanish midfielder Pablo Sanchez. Played in difficult conditions, the match struggled to reach any great heights before Sanchez’s quick fire brace just before half time, his first goals for his new club, gave Adelaide United the advantage. Central Coast’s day went from bad to worse in the second half when Nick Montgomery received a second yellow and was given an early shower.