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Central Coast Take the Top


Brisbane Roar 1 – Central Coast Mariners 2
After a slow start to the season, Central Coast Mariners have now won five straight and are unbeaten in their last eight, taking over the top of the ladder with a 2-1 away defeat of Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium. Just 10,006 showed up to see the slumping Roar give up two first half goals, one from Mustafa Amini (pictured) in the sixth minute and the other from Pedj Bojić in first half injury time. Kofi Danning pulled one back for the struggling home side when his 83rd minute shot deflected off of Patrick Zwaanswijk. The third straight loss for Brisbane, after thirty-six unbeaten, is a bit of a shock to the A-League hierarchy, though it can be at least partially explained by injuries and absences of Matt Smith and Thomas Broich. The Mariners are now top with a game in hand.

Newcastle Jets 1 – Sydney FC 2
Sydney FC came from a goal down, scoring twice in the final half-hour to defeat F3 rivals Newcastle Jets 2-1 at Ausgrid Stadium. Jeremy Brockie got the opener for the Jets off the volley in the 25th minute. But a reshuffling for the Sky Blues when Brett Emerton was removed due to injury at half-time led to increased offensive production. Rhyan Grant was the replacement and his cross led directly to Sydney’s first goal, a Bruno Carazine effort in the 59th minute. The visitors got the match-winner in the 84th when a poor Jets clearance came to Pascal Bosschaart whose ball back into the box was headed in by Juho Mäkelä. All three points for Sydney take them to fourth place, only trailing Melbourne Heart on goal difference. Newcastle barely hang on to a finals position despite the home loss.

Perth Glory 1 – Melbourne Heart 2
A dramatic 87th minute goal from Mate Dugandžić saw Melbourne Heart to yet another win, this time at the expense of Perth Glory. The 2-1 win at the nib Stadium came after the teams traded goals in a three minute spell in the first half. Matt Thompson opened scoring for Heart in the 33rd minute but was quickly equalized by Billy Mehmet in the 35th. The score remained until an Aziz Behich shot was saved by Danny Vukovic but headed in by Dugandžić. Heart stay clear of Sydney on goal difference while the Glory remain outside of the finals positions, currently seventh.

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Brisbane Lose Again, This Time to Heart


Brisbane Roar 1 – Melbourne Heart 2
Having avoided defeat in every match since September 2010, Brisbane Roar lost for the second consecutive game, and first time at home since January 2010. Heart have won two in a row and four of five to climb directly into the finals football discussion, reaching third place and fifteen points before the rest of the league plays this weekend. Jonathan Germano (pictured) was the catalyst in many ways, scoring the opening goal with his head and creating the second. Germano delivered a perfect cross in the 27th minute to Mate Dugandžić, who then squared for Eli Babalj to score the match-winner. Mitch Nichols did pull one back for the hosts in the 78th minute but Erik Paartalu could not keep his injury-time header below the crossbar as the Roar fell again. The absences of Thomas Broich and Henrique were obvious as Brisbane is finally showing a lack of depth. Meanwhile, they do remain atop the A-League ladder, but they can be caught on points by Central Coast Mariners this weekend.

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Roar Break Record in 4-0 Walk Past Perth


Brisbane Roar 4 – Perth Glory 0
Four first half goals secured the thirty-sixth consecutive match without a loss for homestanding Brisbane Roar, breaking the national record across all codes. Two goals apiece for Besart Berisha and Issey Nakajima-Farran gave the home side more than enough to coast through the second half and keep six points clear of Central Coast Mariners. Berisha, the league’s leading scorer, got his first in the 23rd minute before Nakajima-Farran scored his second and third goals of the season in succession. Berisha blasted a shot past Danny Vukovic just before half-time to inflict the final score on the visitors from Western Australia. After winning their first three, the Glory have taken just one point from their past five matches and are currently hanging on to fifth place. Meanwhile, the Roar continue to show the finest football in the A-League, particularly at Suncorp Stadium.

Central Coast Mariners 3 – Melbourne Heart 1
In Gosford, Melbourne Heart were again victim to questionable refereeing as Central Coast Mariners won 3-1 at Bluetongue. Heart’s Eli Babalj got a 78th minute goal to draw level with the Mariners’ Matt Simon. Yet a handball in the box was called against Jonathan Germano with Daniel McBreen converting the resulting penalty in the 82nd. Patrick Zwaanswijk finished off Heart when he scored on an 87th minute header. The Mariners have not lost since Round 3, winning four games in the process, edging clear of Sydney FC for second place and trailing Brisbane Roar by six points. The loss for Heart was their first since Round 2, ending a run that leaves them in sixth place, barely holding on for finals football.

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Phoenix Hold Roar at Suncorp


Brisbane Roar 1 – Wellington Phoenix 1
Despite controlling possession and far outshooting the visitors from New Zealand, Brisbane Roar could only muster a 1-1 draw with Wellington Phoenix at Suncorp Stadium. Besart Berisha easily headed in a Thomas Broich free kick in the 11th minute, seemingly setting up a rout to cleanse last week’s bizarre 2-2 draw with Melbourne Victory from memory. Instead, the Phoenix relied on defensive coordination, a lot of luck and when the chance was given, a sweet combination to equalize. Leo Bertos’ cross-field pass to Nicky Ward was sublime, giving the latter the space and time to get to the endline and cut a ball back into the box. From there, Tim Brown, playing in his 100th game for Wellington, needed only to slot the ball into a mostly open net in the 37th minute. That exchange left the score level but seemed to be only the next goal of the game. Yet time and again, Brisbane created chances and either had them saved by the excellent Tony Warner or completely missed an open net. Kofi Danning and Issey Nakajima-Farran were the worst offenders though the whole of the Roar will rue missed opportunities to put away the visitors. The shared points keep Brisbane atop the ladder, but only by three points over surging Sydney FC. Wellington move up to ninth place on goal difference, leaving Gold Coast United in last.

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Nine-Man Victory Take First Points from Roar


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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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.

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Brisbane Take M1 Derby 3-0


Brisbane Roar won for the third time this season, completing a 3-0 victory over M-1 derby foes Gold Coast United at Suncorp Stadium. Erik Paartalu (pictured), Besart Berisha and Mitch Nichols all scored for the Roar, who made it thirty-one consecutive without a loss. Paartalu’s opener came as a header in the 13th minute but was almost equalized in the 21st when Dylan Macallister hit the crossbar for United. The visitors played well in the first half, particularly through new recruit Maceo Ritgers, but it was not enough to compete with the depth and skill of Brisbane. When Ange Postecoglou inserted Kofi Danning and Massimo Murdocca just before the hour, the match completely turned. Murdocca assisted almost immediately, providing service to Berisha who scored his second goal in as many games. It was then Berisha who set up Nichols for the Roar’s third in the 78th minute, a goal that only emphasized just how good Brisbane are. United were lucky to leave down only three as Paartalu hit the post late on. The Roar retain their top spot on the ladder while Gold Coast await the results of the rest of the weekend’s fixtures to see just how far they fall from sixth.

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Roar Make it 30 Straight in 2-0 Sydney Win


Sydney FC 0 – Brisbane Roar 2
Brisbane Roar recorded their thirtieth consecutive game without a loss in a 2-0 win against Sydney FC at the Sydney Football Stadium. The Sky Blues were again held scoreless, this time at home, as Michael Theoklitos saved Sydney’s best chances. The visitors were the lesser side for most of the first half but got the first goal after the usually sure-handed Liam Reddy could not hold Erik Paartalu’s shot, allowing Besart Berisha (pictured) to score the opener on the rebound in the 40th minute. Sydney fought back and came close to equalizing through Nicky Carle in the second half but in the end, Brisbane’s quality was too great. In the 70th, young Kofi Danning found Thomas Broich for an easy second Roar goal and the 2-0 score line. Brisbane claim the top of the ladder and drop Sydney ignominiously toward the bottom.

Central Coast Mariners 1 – Gold Coast United 1
This week, Gold Coast United were the side stung by a late equalizer as 36-year old Patrick Zwaanswijk headed in for Central Coast Mariners in the 87th minute. Just over 10,000 were at Bluetongue Stadium as the Mariners went behind just after half-time on another wonderful strike from James Brown. Gold Coast, who needed Brown’s stunner earned the first point of the season in Round 1, surely thought they would steal all three points from last season’s runners-up. But Brad Porter’s long cross gave Zwaanswijk enough time to come forward and send a floating header across goal and just beyond the desperate reach of Glen Ross. The point is the first of the season for Central Coast while United pick up their second 1-1 draw.

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Has Ange Postecoglou Changed The A-League?


The 2010/11 Brisbane Roar side were lauded for playing what was quite possibly the most attractive and effective football ever seen in Australia. While those much older than myself can debate the quality of the side in the wider context of Australian football history, what is certain is that Ange Postecoglou and his boys (and many of them were barely old enough to be considered anything else) turned the highly physical and athletic A-League on its head. In a league where even the great Brazilian Juninho was kicked into submission, the Roar dominated with attractive, possession-based football that might have changed the aesthetic face of the Australian game.

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Roar Hold Off Mariners in Grand Final Replay


Brisbane Roar 1 – Central Coast Mariners 0
Though it wasn’t the Grand Final, Brisbane Roar and Central Coast Mariners played a fine game of football on the opening day of the A-League’s 2011/12 season. The replay of the now famous tie at Suncorp Stadium did not attract record crowds, but those who did come were treated to a skillful clash of club’s with opposing styles of play. The Roar, last season’s runaway Premiers and Gold Medal Trophy winners, were the more fluid, routinely mystifying the 13,467 crowd with their passing and possession. Yet the Mariners’ stout defense were up to the task for most of the game. In the end, Brisbane prevailed 1-0 thanks to a Mitch Nichols goal in the 72nd minute. Nichols was cruelly denied the opener on 25 minutes when he rounded young Mariners goalkeeper Matthew Ryan but hit the post. Ryan was called on seven times but could not keep a clean sheet. Still, the Mariners will not be devastated by a loss away to the double holders. For their part, Brisbane are top class, having recovered already from the loss of personnel after such a successful 2010/11 season. It’s too early to project the rest of the season, but this was a good indication of just how good the Roar can be in 2011/12.

Newcastle Jets 3 – Melbourne Heart 2
Elsewhere, Newcastle Jets opened the season with a 3-2 home victory over Melbourne Heart at Ausgrid Stadium. A first half brace from Ryan Griffiths and a late goal from Byun were just enough to edge past Mate Dugandžić‘s brace for Heart. The 21-year old who moved to Heart from Melbourne Victory in the off-season was exciting throughout, combining well with Fred and Jason Hoffman to give the visitors a formidable attacking presence. But Griffiths took over the match late in the first half, scoring from a free kick and from the run of play before nearly completing a hat-trick in injury-time, forcing a fine save Heart keeper Nikola Roganović. Substitute Alex Terra nearly gave the Heart the away win before Byun launched a shot in injury-time that deflected off Michael Marrone and into the Heart goal. Taking all three points was important for the Jets after losing their biggest off-season acquisition Jason Čulina and the sacking of his father, manager Branko Čulina. Though Craig Deans is only the interim manager, and there were certainly holes in the Jets’ defense, the start is bright for Newcastle. Similarly, Heart can take solace in their wonderful attacking display, though they need real help at the back.

Melbourne Victory 0 – Sydney FC 0
And in the league’s marquee tie of the opening weekend, Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC drew 0-0 at the Etihad Stadium in front of 40,351. The A-League’s two biggest signings were on display with Harry Kewell nearly scoring at the end of the first half and Brett Emerton having his penalty saved. Despite the scoreless result, the match was far from dull as both sides relied heavily on their goalkeepers. Liam Reddy, Sydney’s keeper, just did keep Kewell out late in the first half and denied Danny Allsopp and substitute Jean Carlos Solórzano in the second half. On the other side, Ante Čović, who was signed just this week, brilliantly saved Emerton’s penalty in the 33rd minute and denied all else to earn a worthy clean sheet. While both sides will surely rue their missed chances, shared points in a game of such import was hardly unjust. With the media attention now slightly less intense, both sides can focus ahead of their matches next weekend. Meanwhile, the Victory will be very pleased with their pick-up of young Marcos Rojas, who played very well.

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