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Round 6 A-League Team of the Week

wpManager – Ricki Herbert (Wellington Phoenix)

sydGoalkeeper – Liam Reddy (Sydney FC)

sydDefender – Jamie Coyne (Sydney FC)

wpDefender – Andrew Durante (Wellington Phoenix)

mvfcDefender – Rodrigo Vargas (Melbourne Victory)

roarMidfielder – Thomas Broich (Brisbane Roar)

aufcMidfielder – Iain Ramsay (Adelaide United)

heartMidfielder – Mate Dugandžić (Melbourne Heart)

wpMidfielder – Leo Bertos (Wellington Phoenix)

sydMidfielder – Nicky Carle (Sydney FC)

heartMidfielder – Aziz Behich (Melbourne Heart)

wpForward – Chris Greenacre (Wellington Phoenix)

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Heart Finally Break Through

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Melbourne Heart 3 – Newcastle Jets 0
Three second half goals finally gave Melbourne Heart the breakthrough they have so narrowly missed so far this season in a 3-0 defeat of Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park. Though less than 6000 turned up to watch the A-League’s last place side host the second place Jets, those who did manage to go were treated to an interesting and attacking match from both sides. Despite finishing the first half scoreless, bot sides had good looks at the goal, with the home side coming closest on more than one occasion. Yet it was a goal from Fred (pictured) that opened the match up for Heart as he calmly blasted a shot after substitute Eli Barbalj did the hard work in the box. Fred’s 66th minute goal was quickly followed by Mate Dugandžić doubling the advantage when he collected a disastrous back pass from Tarek Elrich and easily beat Ben Kennedy in the 73rd. The rout was confirmed in the 85th minute when Aziz Behich, one of the best players on the pitch all night, created a shot for himself from the left side of the box and wonderfully curled the ball past Kennedy. The win was the first of the season for Heart though it does extend their unbeaten streak to four games. Meanwhile, the loss is a disappointing one for the Jets as they continue to work their way into the season under new, old manager Gary van Egmond.

Central Coast Mariners 0 – Melbourne Victory 0
A scoreless draw saw Melbourne Victory pick up another clean sheet, this time behind teenaged goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas at Bluetongue in Gosford. Yet the Victory were also kept from scoring for the fourth time this season in their third 0-0 match in six weeks, this time by Matt Ryan. Thomas watched thankfully as Central Coast’s Daniel McBreen’s first half header hit both the crossbar and the post near the half-hour after Rodrigo Vargas had cleared an earlier shot off the line. Late on, both Adrian Leijer and Troy Hearfield had excellent chances go begging as neither side could figure out a way to score. The shared points keep both sides within the realm of finals football, but just.

Perth Glory 0 – Sydney FC 1
And Sydney FC climbed all the way to second place by taking three points from Perth Glory at the nib Stadium. Mark Bridge scored in first half injury time as the Sky Blues spoiled Perth’s 15th anniversary celebration as Nicky Carle contributed the winning assist, marking the third straight game where his touch has given points for Sydney. Goalkeeper Liam Reddy was back in top form as he kept the visitors ahead during a second half barrage including saves against Bas van den Brink, Liam Miller and Danny Vukovic. The Glory’s Adam Hughes smashed the crossbar while Travis Dodd, Shane Smeltz and Mile Sterjovski all came agonizingly close for the home side during a frantic second half. In the end, Perth remain on nine points, now having lost their last three games. Sydney, after a slow start, are second only to Brisbane Roar at the top of the ladder.

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Roar Hold Off Mariners in Grand Final Replay

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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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