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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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Golden Boot – Round 9

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Ryan Griffiths scored his second brace of the season to bring him onto this list, while Carlos Hernández and Shane Smeltz also moved up to five goals on the season. All three are now four behind Besart Berisha at the top of the ladder.

roarBesart Berisha – 9

perthShane Smeltz – 5

jetsRyan Griffiths – 5

mvfcCarlos Hernández – 5

gcuJames Brown – 4

roarHenrique – 4

sydNicky Carle – 4

heartMate Dugandžić – 4

ccmPatrick Zwaanswijk – 4

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Golden Boot – Round 8

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A first half brace from Besart Berisha pushed the Albanian striker to within one goal of double digits in 2011/12. Of those on this list, he was the only one to score at all, though Tim Brown’s wondergoal for Wellington Phoenix brought him to three on the season.

roarBesart Berisha – 9

gcuJames Brown – 4

roarHenrique – 4

sydNicky Carle – 4

perthShane Smeltz – 4

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Golden Boot – Round 7

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Another week passed without Besart Berisha losing his place atop the A-League’s scoring ladder, though three other players did score their fourth goals of the season. Henrique, Nicky Carle (pictured) and Shane Smeltz all caught up with James Brown’s four goals and move within three of Berisha’s seven.

roarBesart Berisha – 7

gcuJames Brown – 4

roarHenrique – 4

sydNicky Carle – 4

perthShane Smeltz – 4

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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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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 Golden Boot – Round 4

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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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Brisbane Put Seven Past Adelaide

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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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2010/11 A-League In Review

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2010/11 was the A-League’s sixth season and included a second extension in the length of season. After 21 games in the first four years, the A-League jumped to 27 in 2009/10 and then a 30-game season for 2010/11. The additional games allowed Brisbane Roar to accumulate the A-League’s highest ever point total for a regular season champion, amassing 65 points and finishing eight points clear of second place Central Coast Mariners. In fact, the Roar lost just a single game, a 3-0 to Melbourne Victory in Week 6.

Sergio van Dijk won the Golden Boot with 16 goals, including a hat-trick in Adelaide United’s 8-1 destruction of North Queensland Fury in Week 24. Thomas Broich led the league in assists with 12 for Brisbane, contributing to the most prolific offensive output in league history. The league’s best attendance came at Melbourne Victory and the three Melbourne derbies (as Melbourne Heart were introduced in 2010/11) were the three most highly attended matches throughout the regular season. Adelaide’s Marcos Flores won the Johnny Warren Medal as league player of the year as voted on by players, 18-year old Central Coast Mariners goalkeeper Matthew Ryan won Young Player of the Year, while seven of the eleven All-Star Team members came from the Roar.

In the Finals, Brisbane advanced to the Grand Final through a 4-2 aggregate victory over Central Coast. Adelaide and Gold Coast United played in the semi-final round with winning 3-2. From there, Central Coast outlasted Gold Coast in the Preliminary Final to schedule a rematch with the Roar in the Grand Final. Through full-time, neither side scored, yet four goals were scored in extra-time. Central Coast scored the first two from Adam Kwasnik (96′) and Oliver Bozanic (103′), seemingly winning the title. But a 117th minute goal from Henrique gave Brisbane life. In the game’s dying moments, Erik Paartalu headed in for the Roar to stunningly force penalties. From there, Brisbane converted all four of their attempts while Central Coast had two saved by Michael Theoklitos, leaving the Roar as champions of the A-League and holders of the Gold  Medal Trophy.

Despite substantial growth within the Australian and Kiwi sporting markets, the A-League did lose one of its member clubs. North Queensland Fury were wound up at season’s end, reducing the league back to ten teams. Other clubs struggled to attract supporters to their grounds even as 50,000 packed Suncorp Stadium for the Grand Final. The 2011/12 season is an important one and has both positive ground to build from and negatives to overcome.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Brisbane Roar 30 18 11 1 58 26 +32 65
2 Central Coast Mariners 30 16 9 5 50 31 +19 57
3 Adelaide United 30 15 5 10 51 36 +15 50
4 Gold Coast United 30 12 10 8 40 32 +8 46
5 Melbourne Victory 30 11 10 9 45 39 +6 43
6 Wellington Phoenix 30 12 5 13 39 41 −2 41
7 Newcastle Jets 30 9 8 13 29 33 −4 35
8 Melbourne Heart 30 8 11 11 32 42 −10 35
9 Sydney FC 30 8 10 12 35 40 −5 34
10 Perth Glory 30 5 8 17 27 54 −27 23
11 North Queensland Fury 30 4 7 19 28 60 −32 19
Rules for classification:1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd goals scored.
Teams qualified for finals.
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