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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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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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Mariners Drop Phoenix in Wellington

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Wellington Phoenix 1 – Central Coast Mariners 2
Second half goals from Bernie Ibini-Isei and Matt Simon were enough to see Central Coast Mariners to three points against Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium in New Zealand. The Phoenix dropped their second straight at home, usually a place where they are very difficult to overcome, despite Chris Greenacre‘s second goal of the season. All three points for the Mariners see the 2010/11 runners up move into third place after a difficult start to the season. The Phoenix scored on their only shot on target, continuing a frustrating balance of failing to create chances or finish them, depending on the match. Failure to pick up points in Wellington leaves the Phoenix stranded in eighth place with a difficult task ahead, traveling next to Brisbane. As for the Mariners, their scoring duo of Ibini-Isei and Simon was identical to their 2-1 victory in Round 4 against Perth Glory and relieved some of the pressure on young goalkeeper Matt Ryan. Simon’s winner in the 80th minute will give Central Coast a lift ahead of their important match with Melbourne Victory next weekend.

Adelaide United 1 – Melbourne Heart 1
Melbourne Heart picked up their third straight draw as the visitors were again unable to hold a one-goal lead. The only club yet to win this season in the A-League, Heart got a goal from teenaged defender Brendan Hamill just after half-time to silence the 10,294 at Hindmarsh. Yet substitute Spase Dilevski found the net for Adelaide just six minutes after his introduction to produce a 1-1 draw and shared points. Dilevski’s pounce after Clint Bolton could not hold Cassio’s free kick was the result of Simon Colosimo’s second yellow card and subsequent sending off in the 77th minute. The point was an important step back into the world of football after the Reds’ 7-1 loss last weekend in Brisbane, but Heart will be happy to have held on to the draw after finishing with ten men, especially after watching Iain Ramsay’s shot go just over the bar in injury time. Both United and Heart remain rooted to the bottom of the table after five games, sitting ninth and tenth respectively.

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Round 4 A-League Team of the Week

gcuManager – Miron Bleiberg (Gold Coast United)

mvfcGoalkeeper – Ante Čović (Melbourne Victory)

heartDefender – Simon Colosimo (Melbourne Heart)

sydDefender – Pascal Bosschaart (Sydney FC)

gcuDefender – Kristian Rees (Gold Coast United)

roarMidfielder – Mitch Nichols (Brisbane Roar)

gcuMidfielder – Maceo Rigters (Gold Coast United)

heartMidfielder – Mate Dugandžić (Melbourne Heart)

wpMidfielder – Dani Sánchez (Wellington Phoenix)

roarForward – Besart Berisha (Brisbane Roar)

ccmForward – Matt Simon (Central Coast Mariners)

mvfcForward – Archie Thompson (Melbourne Victory)

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Mariners Come From Behind for First Win

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Central Coast Mariners 2 – Perth Glory 1
Travis Dodd scored from a header in the sixth minute as Perth Glory looked set to continue their impressive start to 2011/12 at Bluetongue in Gosford. But goals from Matt Simon and Bernie Ibini-Isei (pictured) scored before the half was over to give Central Coast Mariners enough to earn their first win of the season. The loss was not only a first for the Glory, it was also their first time dropping points at all this season, though they do still remain in second place on the ladder. Perth could have put the game away early as Shane Smeltz had a shot saved by Matt Ryan and Billy Mehmet hit the post before Simon found the Mariners’ equalizer. Taking advantage of yet another poor pass in defense, a worrying trend league-wide, Pedj Bojić served Simon and the 25-year old striker did not miss. Simon was involved in the second goal as well, as Rostyn Griffiths set up another shot, but it was saved by Danny Vukovic. The rebound came to Ibini-Isei and the 19-year old buried what turned out to be the match-winner. Neither side were particularly involved through the second half, though Perth did just miss out on an equalizer when Adam Hughes missed just wide. Full points lift Central Coast into the top six after a difficult start to the season.

Melbourne Heart 1 – Sydney FC 1
At AAMI Park, Nick Carle stole two points from Melbourne Heart when he scored deep into injury time for a 1-1 draw. The Sydney FC midfielder scored in his second straight game and in so doing, secured another point for the Sky Blues. Heart seemed to have done enough to earn their first victory of the season after Maycon knocked in the opener in the 88th minute after a goalmouth jumble. But Carle’s dramatic goal, this time coming from a Pascal Bosschaart cross, left Heart on just two points from their first four matches. Though the start to the season has not been what Sydney supporters would have wanted, a run of three away games and Brisbane Roar at home in their first four matches has been turned into five points and fourth place. The one disappointment from the result for Sydney is the exit of captain Terry McFlynn after a groin injury late in the first half. Yet the Sky Blues were able to welcome Mark Bridges back, after his early suspension, as well as goalkeeper Liam Reddy.

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