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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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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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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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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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Goal of the Week – Round 6

The votes are in and Melbourne Heart’s Aziz Behich has won Goal of the Week for Round 6. His fantastic solo effort against Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park took 47% of the gathered votes, beating out Tim Brown’s 35% for the outstanding team goal against Brisbane Roar and Iain Ramsay’s 17% for his winner against Gold Coast United.

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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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Talking Melbourne Heart with Matthew Galea

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Today I’m joined by Matthew Galea to give an update on Melbourne Heart and chat a bit about what needs to change for the league’s tenth place team if they are to make a case for finals football this season.

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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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Adrian Madaschi Signs Replacement Deal with Heart

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Former Portosummaga defender Adrian Madaschi will fill in with Melbourne Heart on a ten-week replacement deal. After training with Melbourne Victory just before the season started, Madaschi will help give cover at the back while taking the roster spot previously occupied by Kliment Taseski. The latter is injured for at least the next three months and is inactive at the moment, giving John van ‘t Schip room to bring in the 6’3″ defender who has been capped five times by Australia. With young defenders Aziz Behich and Curtis Good set to leave Heart on international duty, Madaschi should feature quite frequently as Heart try to climb back into the fight for finals football.

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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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