Tag Archives: Archie Thompson

Golden Boot – Round 11

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roarBesart Berisha – 9

perthShane Smeltz – 5

jetsRyan Griffiths – 5

mvfcCarlos Hernández – 5

heartMate Dugandžić – 5

mvfcArchie Thompson – 5

gcuJames Brown – 4

roarHenrique – 4

jetsJeremy Brockie – 4

sydNicky Carle – 4

ccmPatrick Zwaanswijk – 4

ccm Matt Simon – 4

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Victory Thrash Wellington Ahead of Derby

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Melbourne Victory 3 – Wellington Phoenix 1
Three goals in the game’s first twenty-five minutes sealed an important three points at AAMI Park for Melbourne Victory in a 3-1 win over Wellington Phoenix. Archie Thompson (pictured) opened with a header in the 4th minute before Carlos Hernández had his shot from distance redirect off of Vince Lia and past Tony Warner in the 22nd. Just three minutes later, Diogo Ferreira blasted in a volley from outside the box, thrilling the home support and wrapping up all three points. The Victory were reduced again to ten men when Billy Celeski was sent off in the 78th minute for his second yellow card and the Phoenix responded seven minutes later with Alex Smith producing a consolation goal for the hapless visitors. Wellington cling to sixth place and are passed by the Victory who are now in fifth, just three points behind rivals Melbourne Heart for third place.

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A-League Golden Boot – Round 6

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Besart Berisha scored his league-leading seventh goal for Brisbane Roar and keeps three goals clear of his closest challenger. That is now James Brown, who scored his fourth in six games for Gold Coast United on the weekend. The only other player to enter, or in this case re-enter, this list is Mate Dugandžić, whose third goal of the season was also his third goal against Newcastle Jets this year.

roarBesart Berisha – 7

gcuJames Brown – 4

perthShane Smeltz – 3

jetsJeremy Brockie – 3

roarHenrique – 3

sydNicky Carle – 3

mvfcArchie Thompson – 3

heartMate Dugandžić – 3

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A-League Golden Boot – Round 5

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Though Besart Berisha is still the leading goal scorer in the A-League this season, Archie Thompson’s brace against Brisbane Roar lifts him onto this list for the first time. The same goes for Jeremy Brockie, whose double for Newcastle Jets won their game against Perth Glory last weekend. Meanwhile, Henrique and Nick Carle each got their third goals of the season while Shane Smeltz and young James Brown held their positions.

roarBesart Berisha – 6

perthShane Smeltz – 3

gcuJames Brown – 3

jetsJeremy Brockie – 3

roarHenrique – 3

sydNicky Carle – 3

mvfcArchie Thompson – 3

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Archie Thompson – Goal Poacher

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Archie Thompson’s goal against Wellington Phoenix this past weekend was a work of magic, the likes of which we rarely see in the A-League, as he nutmegged Tim Brown and then perfectly placed a curling shot beyond the diving Tony Warner and inside the far post. It was a classically Thompson strike; perfectly weighted touch and then an expertly placed finish. Shane Smeltz may be quickly catching him as the A-League’s all-time leading scorer, but many of Thompson’s 54 goals in 115 Melbourne Victory games have exuded class. Here are five goals that sum him up. They aren’t necessarily his ‘best’ five strikes, but they all scream Archie Thompson and given the fine build-ups to most of them, Ernie Merrick’s Melbourne Victory as well…

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Nine-Man Victory Take First Points from Roar

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Melbourne Victory 2 – Brisbane Roar 2
Though the 33-game unbeaten streak continues, Brisbane Roar dropped two points for the first time this season in an exciting and bizarre 2-2 draw with Melbourne Victory at the Etihad Stadium. Ante Čović was sent off in the first minute for taking out Besart Berisha on a breakaway in the box and Henrique scored the resulting penalty to give the visiting Roar an early advantage on the score sheet and numerically. But Archie Thompson scored a stunning equalizer in the 10th minute to give the Victory hope in a game that seemed lost. Amazingly, Thompson put the home side ahead with a very well taken goal in the 21st minute, providing a glimpse of a formula that might one day be used to defeat Brisbane. Yet Thomas Broich leveled terms just in the 27th with a low, hard free kick, providing the fourth and final goal before the half-hour. The Victory then lost defender Matt Foschini to a red card after a hard tackle on Broich ten minutes before half-time and were forced to continuously defend for the game’s final fifty-five minutes. Putting all nine players behind the ball, Melbourne managed to prevent Brisbane from scoring a third and somehow escaped with a draw and a point under truly strange circumstances. That point moves the Victory into fifth place while the Roar are now just four points clear of Newcastle Jets and Perth Glory atop the ladder.

Newcastle Jets 2 – Perth Glory 0
Indeed, Newcastle Jets moved into second place thanks to a quick first half brace from Jeremy Brockie at Ausgrid Stadium. The Jets got their first win in manager Gary van Egmond’s return as Brockie skillfully beat Perth’s defenders within ninety seconds in the 10th and 11th minutes. The All Whites striker scored both goals in spectacular fashion with the second being an early candidate for goal of the season as he flipped the ball over his marker and volleyed in for a 2-0 lead. Though the Glory did have some chances through Shane Smeltz, Billy Mehmet and Travis Dodd, this game belonged to the Jets. New recruit Frannie Jeffers marked his first game of his second stint with Newcastle with a nice performance as the home side controlled possession and importantly, the midfield. All three points lift the Jets past Perth into second place, though they are equal on nine points through five games. For the Glory, the loss was the second straight after winning their first three.

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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 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

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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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