2014-15 Hyundai A-League – Round 11 Recap

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A-League Rd 12 - Perth v Central Coast

A goal-fest gave Perth Glory a six point lead at the top of the table, while Melbourne Victory earned their first loss of the season and Newcastle Jets got their first win.

Newcastle Jets 2-1 Adelaide United
(Neville 49′, Neumann 81′ / Goodwin 69′)
Crowd: 10,407 @ Hunter Stadium

Coming off the high of a midweek FFA Cup Final win was never going to be easy and that showed in the performance of Adelaide United, who poetically fell to the strike of former Adelaide United striker Jeronimo Neumann. Jets coach Phil Stubbins said he had a good feeling that his side would get their first win, attributing the feeling to watching Rocky Balboa the night before the match.

Melbourne City 1-0 Melbourne Victory
(Paartalu 90′)
Crowd: 26,372 @ AAMI Park

Jacob Melling swinging an elbow into Leigh Broxham wasn’t enough to earn him a red card, and Melbourne City made use of their full 11-man side to control the majority of the game. Despite having enough chances to score a handful of goals, it wasn’t until the final moments of the game, when Mate Dugandzic’s swinging cross met the head of Erik Paartalu, that Melbourne City could find the back of the net and give Melbourne Victory their first loss of the season.

Perth Glory 4-1 Central Coast Mariners
(Harold 33′ 78′, Keogh 35′, De Silva 71′ / 49′ Simon)
Crowd: 9,660 @ nib Stadium

Perth Glory returned home from a midweek loss in the FFA Cup Final and were determined to bounce back in a truly positive manner. A brace for Chris Harold wasn’t the most memorable moment of this five-goal game, but the strike 17-year-old rising star Daniel De Silva, who will join Italy’s AS Roma at the end of this season, will have people talking for weeks to come.

Sydney FC 0-2 Wellington Phoenix
(Burns 73′ 81′)
Crowd: 14,672 @ Allianz Stadium

Poor organisation by Sydney FC’s back line could have gifted Wellington Phoenix with more goals, but it was the individual efforts and precise striking of Australian striker Nathan Burns, who has been included in Ange Postecoglou’s provisional Asian Cup squad, that gave Ernie Merrick’s men a convincing win. Burns’ brace puts him clear at the top of the scoring charts with ten goals.