After a comfortable 2-0 win over Newcastle Jets, Perth Glory extended their lead at the top of the table after those around them dropped points in a round in which ‘The Big Blue’ lived up to its billing.
Adelaide United 0-1 Brisbane Roar
Crowd: 11,241 @ Coopers Stadium
After steamrolling Western Sydney last week, Adelaide were looking to do the same to last season’s other grand finalist. Brisbane had other ideas, however, and Brazilian striker Henrique gave the visitors a shock lead early in the first half. Josep Gombau was once again left to rue his side’s profligacy in front of goal, wasting numerous chances to draw level, none better than the chance that fell to Spaniard Pablo Sanchez whose tame one-on-one effort was well saved by Jamie Young.
Perth Glory 2-0 Newcastle Jets
(Garcia 11’, Marinkovic 86’)
Crowd: 9233 @ nib Stadium
With one eye on Tuesday night’s FFA Cup Final in Adelaide, Perth took an early lead through Richard Garcia, although replays suggest it should have been ruled offside. But when you’re top of the table, those decisions seem to fall your way. Newcastle should have equalised early in the second half through David Carney but he inexplicably fired his shot over the bar. All three points were secured late in the second half with Nebojsa Marinkovic smashed home a stunner from the edge of the box.
Wellington Phoenix 1-1 Central Coast Mariners
(Krishna 76′ / Simon 40’)
Crowd: 11,051 @ Eden Park
Wellington’s annual ‘home’ match in Auckland didn’t quite go to script early on as Central Coast took the lead just before half time through Matt Simon after Wellington had dominated the previous 40 minutes. Fijian Roy Krishna continued his rich vein of form and could have earned a hat trick on any other day, but his single goal 15 minutes from time was enough to rescue a point for the home side.
Melbourne Victory 3-3 Sydney FC
(Thompson 12’ 47’ 79’ / Janko 17’, Smeltz 50’ 76’)
Crowd: 25,203 @ Etihad Stadium
If you said before the game that Archie Thompson would score a hat trick you’d have pencilled in three points for Melbourne Victory. But it wasn’t to be. Every time Victory scored, Sydney FC hit straight back and looked to be on their way to all three points when Shane Smeltz gave them the lead for the first time with 15 minutes to play. But it was that man Thompson who got on the end of some beautiful interplay to unlock the Sydney defence and secure a point for Melbourne. The talking point from the game was without a doubt Mark Milligan’s crude elbow to the head of fellow Socceroos-squad member Terry Antonis, which will surely come under further scrutiny.