Central Coast Mariners vs Adelaide United at Bluetongue Stadium
This game ended 3-1 in favour of Adelaide. The home-side opened the scoring through Duric in just the 6th minute of the match, that being his 3rd goal of the season. It came after a Marrone foul on Silvera in the box. Halloran (26th minute), Mileusnic (38th minute) and Opseth (45th minute), all proceeded to score within the first half after the Mariners to put the match beyond doubt. And in the 59th minute, McGree drew a foul in the penalty area, but Opseth failed to capitalise on it. The Mariners are now in 10th position, and only a single win and three points ahead of the last-placed Phoenix. And Adelaide are flying high in 5th place and are on nine competition points. As it stands, they are only four points of 1st place.
Stats-wise, the winners owned 51% possession throughout the match and shot a pretty damn good, 12/26 on target. As for the Central Coast, despite the defeat, they too were pretty efficient, as they held 49% of the ball and shot 6/11 on target. Adelaide had seven shots blocked and the Mariners three. The Reds completed just 74% of their passes, good for 311/420 and the Mariners were at an even worse 72%, good for just 280/388. The Reds had eight corners and the Mariners six. Adelaide won just 60 duels to the Mariners 76. But the Reds also won 24 aerial ones, beating the Mariners in that department as they won just 23. The Reds conceded 18 fouls and the Central Coast, just the nine.
Western United FC vs Newcastle Jets at GMHBA Stadium
Newcastle caused one of the shocks of the season so far as the lowly placed side somehow managed to overcome a resurgent Western United side to the tune of a 1-0 score-line. The games only goal came via Angus Thurgate in the 36th minute. He scored in the bottom-left corner after he was assisted by Petratos with a through ball. Credit is due where credit is due, as this was a huge and potentially season changing win for Ernie Merrick’s side. And such a demoralising one for Mark Rudan’s men on the same note. Newcastle now, despite the victors being in 9th place, they are just a single point of a finals spot. And they are only four points of 5th placed Adelaide. And for the losers, Western United, they are now in 4th place on the ladder, although they are only one win of 1st placed City.
Stats-wise this game was simply dominated by the home-side. Western United had 64% possession throughout the game. For the Jets that number was just a paltry 36%. WU also had 19 shots compared to the Jets 15 and WU also had a shot come of the woodwork. Although they shot a pretty crappy three on target, the Jets shot a more respectable five in that regard. WU completed 83% of their passes at 475/575. And Newcastle were at 75%, not that far bellow the opposition, good for 242/323. WU thoroughly outduelled the Jets, winning 65 duels to their 40. They also won 26 aerial duels to their 15. The takeons were at six a piece. And WU conceded just 11 fouls and one yellow, to Newcastle’s 17 and two yellows. At the end of the day, the new side dominated everywhere but the scoreboard. And Newcastle would take that every day of the week if it resulted in all three points coming their way.
Brisbane Roar vs Melbourne City at Dolphin Stadium
This was a truly spectacular game and what better way for it to happen then in front of a near-capacity crowd. Brisbane won 4-3 after being down 3-1. This was a match for the ages! Roy O’Donovan (who converted two spot-kicks), bagged a hat-trick with goals in the 50th, 64th and 83rd minutes of the game. His opposing also star striker, Jamie Maclaren, also bagged a hat-trick, as he scored goals in the 6th, 29th and 51st minutes of the game against his old side. They may as well re-named the game the O’Donovan and Maclaren show after both athlete’s heroics in this one. And Amadi-Holloway also bagged one in the 60th minute. All in all, there was a crazy seven different goals in Robbie Fowler’s first A-League win as Roar head coach, but they came from only three different players. What the actual hell! What a crazy and frantic affair. As a result, the Roar are now only a point of a Top Six spot. And City, while still in 1st, are only a point ahead of Sydney and only three ahead of Western Sydney and Western United who are all trying to hunt the Melbournian’s down.
The possession for both sides was split evenly at 50% each. The victors Brisbane shot 6/11 on target and very unluckily, had two shots come of the woodwork. As for City, they were pretty dominant in that area too, as they shot 9/22 on target. Brisbane completed 81% of their passes, 386/479. And City completed 82% of theirs, 391/478. Brisbane had four corners and City, three. Brisbane won 62 duels to Melbourne’s 47. And they also won 18 aerial duels to their 17. The Roar made 17 tackles and Melbourne completed 16. And finally, the Roar conceded 10 fouls and five yellows, to City’s 21 fouls and also five yellows.
Sydney FC vs Melbourne Victory at Jubilee Stadium
Cometh the man, cometh the hour, Kostas Barbarouses scored the 68th minute winner against his old side, much to the delight of the Cove and all the other Sydney fans. His goal put the exclamation mark on what was an awesome comeback win for the Sky Blues. Ola Toivonen had put the Victory ahead just before the end of the first half as he rocketed a shot past Andrew Redmayne into the opposition’s goals. But Le Fondre evened things up in the 61st minute as he had his 4th of the season. And then came Barbarouses! Barbarouses during the week had passed on playing for his native country of New Zealand so that he could instead feature in his first Big Blue as a member of Sydney FC. And boy oh boy, didn’t that choice pay of for him and his side? The Sky Blues are now only a point of 1st place. Meanwhile the Victory are languishing in 8th position, only on five points from six matches played.
Sydney held 61% of the ball throughout the match, meanwhile Melbourne held just 39%. Sydney shot just 5/19 on target and the Victory were at 1/4. The Sky Blues also had a shot come of the woodwork. Sydney completed 86% of their passes, 574/670. And Melbourne completed 79% of theirs, 345/439. Sydney had 24 crosses and Melbourne had 10. Sydney also won 52 duels to the Victory’s 21 and 22 aerial duels to their 12. They made 11 tackles and the Victory completed 13. Sydney won seven takeons to their three. And fouls-wise, the Sky Blues gave up 14 and two yellows, while the Victory gave up 13 and just the one yellow.