Perth Glory 1 – Adelaide United 0
A 76th minute header from new signing Billy Mehmet saw Perth Glory to a 1-0 win over Adelaide United at nib Stadium. The Glory were the better side throughout as Andrezinho terrorized the Reds’ defense and Travis Dodd, Shane Smeltz and Liam Miller, each player debuting for Perth, coming close to giving the home side a comprehensive victory. In fact, Eugene Galeković, Adelaide’s goalkeeper, was called on to repeatedly repel the Glory. In the end, substitute Tommy Amphelett’s cross found Mehmet’s head and was enough to take all three points from the season opener for the home side. Adelaide weren’t without chances, though, as Andy Slory, Bruce Djite and last season’s Golden Boot winner Sergio van Dijk all had shots saved by new Perth goalkeeper Danny Vukovic. The only down side to the match for Perth was the crowd of just 9452. But if the Glory play as well going forward as they did against Adelaide, especially after such a disastrous season in 2010/11, attendance will surely spike.
Gold Coast United 1 – Wellington Phoenix 1
And on the Gold Coast, a superb strike from James Brown in the 88th minute stole a 1-1 draw for Gold Coast United against Wellington Phoenix at Skilled Park. A 17th minute goal from Chris Greenacre gave the Phoenix a deserved lead as the visitors controlled the first half. Dani Sánchez, in particular, found spaces in the United defense, as Wellington were the better side for good portions of the match. Yet as the second half elapsed, Gold Coast started to create chances, namely through Peter Jungschläger, Dylan Macallister, Robson and finally Brown. Wellington will feel they lost out on two points but will be most disappointed with a trio of injuries as Sánchez, Paul Ifill and Vince Lia all exited during the match. For Gold Coast, the last-gasped equalizer came in stunning fashion but left some questions as to why it took so long to get a home goal against the Phoenix.