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Kosmina Gets a Point in Adelaide Return

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Sydney FC 2 – Adelaide United 2
John Kosmina could not get Adelaide United’s first win since Remembrance Day but did eke out a point against his former club, Sydney FC, in a 2-2 draw at the Sydney Football Stadium. Daniel Mullen got the opener for the visiting Reds, heading in a Dario Vidošić corner in the eighth minute, but was quickly equalized when Karol Kisel converted an eleventh minute penalty for the Sky Blues. Bruno Carazine earned the spot kick after a Nigel Boogaard challenge in the box. Carazine nearly gave the home side the lead early in the second half but for his header caroming off the post. Minutes later, Bruce Djite earned a penalty for Adelaide when he was taken down by Liam Reddy. Vidošić added a goal to his line on the score sheet in converting the penalty in the 55th minute for a 2-1 lead. From there, teenager Dimitri Petratos scored from a wonderful volley in the 66th minute to level the score once again. Iain Ramsay was sent off late in the game for the Reds but the visitors held on to take a point and given Kosmina a starting point in the rebuilding job for which he was hired. Sydney move into third with their point, now just one behind Brisbane Roar.

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Central Coast Take the Top

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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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Gold Coast Send Adelaide to Bottom at Hindmarsh

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Adelaide United 0 – Gold Coast United 3
Gold Coast United heaped further misery on a terrible start to the season for homestanding Adelaide United in a 3-0 rout at Hindmarsh. The Reds were not without chances but Gold Coast made theirs count as Ben Halloran scored from a deflection, Maceo Rigters cracked a goal from outside the box and Dylan Macallister scored in injury time for the visitors. After finishing third in 2010/11, Adelaide find themselves in tenth place amid a five-game winless streak. The three points for the Queensland club were enough to lift them above Adelaide but still leave Gold Coast in ninth place. The win was only the second on the season for Gold Coast, snapping a six-game winless streak.

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Brisbane Lose Again, This Time to Heart

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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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10-Man Victory Survive Gold Coast

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Melbourne Victory 3 – Gold Coast United 2
Two goals up after 22 minutes, Melbourne Victory had Rody Vargas sent off, conceded twice and needed a header from Carlos Hernández, of all people, to emerge with a 3-2 win over Gold Coast United at AAMI Park. Playing their first game of the season at AAMI, the Victory looked to have the match wrapped after a first minute penalty was converted by Harry Kewell and a 22nd minute spot kick was scored by Hernández. But Vargas went in on Gol-Gol Mebrahtu with two feet and with studs up, earning a straight red card in the 33rd minute. Mebrahtu won a penalty just before half-time, which was scored by substitute Dylan Macallister, bringing the visitors back into the game. Peter Jungschläger brought further intrigue when he scored just two minutes after the break to level the score and bring reminders of the Victory’s lost two-goal lead just a week earlier. But Hernández headed in an Archie Thompson chip in the 79th minute to finally secure all three points for the home side. Kristian Rees did keep it interesting to the end, hitting the post, just as Jonas Salley had done in the first half, but it was not to be for the A-League’s bottom side. Melbourne jump all the way to third place with the three points, clearing Sydney FC on goal difference.

Wellington Phoenix 2 – Sydney FC 1
Speaking of Sydney, they were the lesser side for the majority of their match away to Wellington, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Phoenix at Westpac Stadium. Though the crowds did not turn out as they’d done in Auckland last weekend, the Yellow Fever were treated to an early goal from the spectacular Paul Ifill and and stunning goal from Tim Brown. The latter will surely be atop the list for Goal of the Year in the A-League as the midfielder slipped around Nicky Carle to claim Liam Reddy’s clearance before lobbing the helpless keeper from nearly fifty yards. That 59th minute goal was vital as a weird goal from Bruno Cazarine pulled one back for the visitors in the 70th minute. Yet the Phoenix were able to hold on with Mirjan Pavlović playing a key role in continuing the home side’s pressure to the end. Gathering full points from a top three (at the time) club was a good win for Wellington and lifts them to eighth place, just a point out of finals football and just two points shy of third place. Sydney had two shouts for penalties in the match, finally do not get a late equalizer or winner and sink to fourth place, now behind Melbourne Victory on goal difference.

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Roar Break Record in 4-0 Walk Past Perth

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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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10-Man Adelaide Held 0-0 By Newcastle

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Adelaide United 0 – Newcastle Jets 0
Nigel Boogaard was sent off in the 65th minute for Adelaide United but the home side held on for a 0-0 draw with Newcastle Jets at Hindmarsh. In fact, the Reds nearly won the match when Fabian Barbiero scored in the 88th minute, but the flag was up and the scoreless draw confirmed only after Bruce Djite’s shot was expertly saved by stand-in goalkeeper Matthew Nash. Jeremy Brockie had a fine chance for the visitors in the first half but the Jets could not break through and win their first away game since January 8 (at North Queensland Fury). The draw did break Newcastle’s eight-game losing streak in away games, but they still have not beaten a club currently in the A-League since December 2010. The shared points taken the Jets back ahead of Melbourne Heart for fifth place while Adelaide inch ahead of Melbourne Victory for seventh.

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Heart Win Again

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After failing to win through their first five matches, Melbourne Heart have now won consecutive matches, this time2-1 away to Gold Coast United at Skilled Park. Matt Thompson got the game started early with a goal in the fourth minute after a nice hold-up and feed from Rutger Worm. That opener went unanswered by the hosts for nearly an hour until Peter Jungschläger slipped in a free kick in the 63rd minute, deflecting in from the left post. That equalizer lasted only five minutes as Thompson was again instrumental, flipping a pass ver and past the Gold Coast defense, bouncing perfectly in stride for Jonathan Germano. The Argentine midfielder lightly chipped the ball over Glen Moss for a lead Heart would not relinquish. For two teams that have spent most of the young season at the bottom of the ladder, the tie was a competitive, interesting affair, the result of which actually leaves Heart among the top five.

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Phoenix Hold Roar at Suncorp

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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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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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