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.