Monthly Archives: October 2011

Round 5 Fixtures in US Time Zones


Nov. 3/4 – Wellington Phoenix v Central Coast Mariners – 11:30pm PT / 2:30am ET
Nov. 4 – Adelaide United v Melbourne Heart – 2:00am PT / 5:00am ET
Nov. 4/5 – Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory – 11:30pm PT / 2:30am ET
Nov. 5 – Melbourne Victory v Brisbane Roar – 1:45am PT / 4:45am ET
Nov. 5/6 – Sydney FC v Gold Coast United – 11:00pm PT / 2:00am ET – Live on FSC

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A-League Goal of the Week – Round 4

Travis Dodd (Central Coast Mariners v Perth Glory)

Dario Vidošić (Brisbane Roar v Adelaide United)

Maceo Rigters (Gold Coast United v Newcastle Jets)

Archie Thompson (Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne Victory)

Dani Sánchez (Welllington Phoenix v Melbourne Victory)

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Round 4 A-League Ladder

1 Brisbane Roar FC 4 4 0 0 1 12 12
2 Perth Glory FC 4 3 0 1 3 2 9
3 Newcastle Jets FC 4 2 0 2 7 -2 6
4 Melbourne Victory FC 4 1 2 1 2 0 5
5 Gold Coast United FC 4 1 2 1 6 -1 5
6 Sydney FC 4 1 2 1 4 -1 5
7 Wellington Phoenix FC 4 1 1 2 4 0 4
8 Central Coast Mariners FC 4 1 1 2 4 -1 4
9 Adelaide United FC 4 1 0 3 10 -7 3
10 Melbourne Heart FC 4 0 2 2 6 -2 2
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A-League Golden Boot – Round 4


Besart Berisha took a big lead in this season’s Golden Boot race by racking four goals against Adelaide United on Saturday. His six are now double Perth Glory’s Shane Smeltz and Gold Coast United’s James Brown. Nickly Carle got his second goal of the season for Sydney FC in Round 4 while Brisbane Roar got two penalties from Henrique, allowing the Brazilian to join this list.

roarBesart Berisha – 6

perthShane Smeltz – 3

gcuJames Brown – 3

heartMate Dugandžić – 2

jetsRyan Griffiths – 2

roarMitch Nichols – 2

sydNicky Carle – 2

roarHenrique – 2

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Round 4 A-League Team of the Week

gcuManager – Miron Bleiberg (Gold Coast United)

mvfcGoalkeeper – Ante Čović (Melbourne Victory)

heartDefender – Simon Colosimo (Melbourne Heart)

sydDefender – Pascal Bosschaart (Sydney FC)

gcuDefender – Kristian Rees (Gold Coast United)

roarMidfielder – Mitch Nichols (Brisbane Roar)

gcuMidfielder – Maceo Rigters (Gold Coast United)

heartMidfielder – Mate Dugandžić (Melbourne Heart)

wpMidfielder – Dani Sánchez (Wellington Phoenix)

roarForward – Besart Berisha (Brisbane Roar)

ccmForward – Matt Simon (Central Coast Mariners)

mvfcForward – Archie Thompson (Melbourne Victory)

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Victory Find First Win Against 10-Man Phoenix


Wellington Phoenix 1 – Melbourne Victory 2
It took four games to score but when they finally did, Melbourne Victory got a wonderful strike from Archie Thompson. The A-League’s all-time leading scorer got things going for the Victory after a difficult first half and led ultimately to a more open and focused attack from the visitors. Dani Sánchez led the way for Wellington at Westpac Stadium, creating chances for himself as well as the likes of Leo Bertos while defender Tony Lochhead again provided fine service, only to see shots by Sanchez and Tim Brown go begging. Despite dominating the first forty minutes, Wellington suddenly found themselves behind after Thompson’s cut-back drive into the box and lifted shot to the far post. Ben Sigmund, who had played admirably in defense for the Phoenix, was sent off in the 66th after taking down Thompson in the box. Carlos Hernández buried the resulting penalty, sending the Victory ahead 2-0. Sanchez pulled one back on a terrific one-touch shot in the 71st but Wellington could not figure out a way past Ante Čović over the game’s final twenty minutes. The Victory could have made it three but another Thompson goal was called back due to Marco Rojas being offside.

Gold Coast United 3 – Newcastle Jets 1
At Skilled Park, Gold Coast United were worthy recipients of three points as Maceo Rigters dominated Newcastle Jets in Gary van Egmond’s return to the touchline. The Dutch recruit scored his first goal for United in the 11th minute before just missing on two more blasts before a half-hour had passed. The Jets had nice chances of their own with Ruben Zadkovich missing just wide and Jobe Wheelhouse stoned by Glen Moss before the 30th minute. Ben Kennedy’s error just before the hour gave the home side the lead as the Jets’ goalkeeper could not hold on to Peter Jungschläger’s free kick, allowing Kristian Rees to score from the rebound. Wheelhouse got Newcastle on the score sheet with a goal in the 68th minute from a Ryan Griffiths free kick, but after Rees hit the post, James Brown scored his third goal of the season to finish off the game for the hosts. Though only 2974 were on hand for the game, United showed again that they may yet have a case for remaining in the A-League, at least based on their on-field performances.

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Mariners Come From Behind for First Win


Central Coast Mariners 2 – Perth Glory 1
Travis Dodd scored from a header in the sixth minute as Perth Glory looked set to continue their impressive start to 2011/12 at Bluetongue in Gosford. But goals from Matt Simon and Bernie Ibini-Isei (pictured) scored before the half was over to give Central Coast Mariners enough to earn their first win of the season. The loss was not only a first for the Glory, it was also their first time dropping points at all this season, though they do still remain in second place on the ladder. Perth could have put the game away early as Shane Smeltz had a shot saved by Matt Ryan and Billy Mehmet hit the post before Simon found the Mariners’ equalizer. Taking advantage of yet another poor pass in defense, a worrying trend league-wide, Pedj Bojić served Simon and the 25-year old striker did not miss. Simon was involved in the second goal as well, as Rostyn Griffiths set up another shot, but it was saved by Danny Vukovic. The rebound came to Ibini-Isei and the 19-year old buried what turned out to be the match-winner. Neither side were particularly involved through the second half, though Perth did just miss out on an equalizer when Adam Hughes missed just wide. Full points lift Central Coast into the top six after a difficult start to the season.

Melbourne Heart 1 – Sydney FC 1
At AAMI Park, Nick Carle stole two points from Melbourne Heart when he scored deep into injury time for a 1-1 draw. The Sydney FC midfielder scored in his second straight game and in so doing, secured another point for the Sky Blues. Heart seemed to have done enough to earn their first victory of the season after Maycon knocked in the opener in the 88th minute after a goalmouth jumble. But Carle’s dramatic goal, this time coming from a Pascal Bosschaart cross, left Heart on just two points from their first four matches. Though the start to the season has not been what Sydney supporters would have wanted, a run of three away games and Brisbane Roar at home in their first four matches has been turned into five points and fourth place. The one disappointment from the result for Sydney is the exit of captain Terry McFlynn after a groin injury late in the first half. Yet the Sky Blues were able to welcome Mark Bridges back, after his early suspension, as well as goalkeeper Liam Reddy.

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Brisbane Put Seven Past Adelaide


Brisbane Roar 7 – Adelaide United 1
Dario Vidošić got a fifth minute goal for Adelaide United to take a surprising lead against league leaders Brisbane Roar. By the 36th minute, Brisbane led 5-1. Henrique scored from the penalty spot in the 21st and 36th minutes while Besart Berisha, the already in-form Albanian striker, recorded a hat-trick in between. In fact, Berisha’s first three goals of the night came within just a six minute stretch, an A-League record, killing off the Reds and powering the Roar toward their thirty-second consecutive match without a loss. As if that first half barrage wasn’t enough, Brisbane got a fourth goal from Berisha in the 69th minute and substitute Issey Nakajima-Farran got his first goal of the season in the 80th. While Berisha was the acknowledged star of this particular match, it was Mitch Nichols who was the creative force for Brisbane, further solidifying his position as one of the top young Australian midfielders. Nichols could have equalled the A-League record for goals in a game but his 87th minute shot caromed off the post, denying the Roar an eighth. Not only do Brisbane stay top of the ladder, their goal difference makes a challenge from any club very difficult.

Here are the highlights.

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A-League Goal of the Week – Round 3

With 67% of the vote, Jeremy Brockie’s match-winner for Newcastle Jets against Central Coast Mariners is the winner of Round 3’s Goal of the Week. A late push brought Besart Berisha’s goal into contention but that campaign stalled at 33%. Neither Shane Smeltz nor Jamie Coyne received a single vote.

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