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A-League Goal of the Week – Round 2

Tim Brown‘s headed effort against Newcastle Jets in Wellington is the winner of the Goal of the Week for Round 2, accruing 37.5% of the vote. The Phoenix midfielder’s goal narrowly beat out another wonderful effort from Gold Coast United’s James Brown and a great goal by Brisbane Roar’s Thomas Broich. Shane Smeltz got just one vote for what was a very nice goal against Melbourne Heart. Brown’s winning goal begins at the 0:26 mark.

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Gold Coast Look To Traoré

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Last week I pondered the chances of more sides taking to attractive, possession-based systems this season in an attempt to reel in the Brisbane Roar, and after two rounds I think it is fair to say that things are moving in that direction. One side which looks to have the potential to play the most attacking football is Gold Coast United, and while it hasn’t really paid off yet, Miron Bleiberg’s attacking 2-3-2-3 formation has some glimpses of real goal scoring (and conceding) potential. The key player in this formation is the 21 year-old Ivorian wing-back Adama Traoré, and his performances will have a massive impact on GCU’s season.

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Round 2 A-League Ladder

Club P W D L A GD PTS
1 Brisbane Roar FC 2 2 0 0 0 3 6
2 Perth Glory FC 2 2 0 0 1 2 6
3 Wellington Phoenix FC 2 1 1 0 1 2 4
4 Adelaide United FC 2 1 0 1 1 0 3
5 Newcastle Jets FC 2 1 0 1 4 -1 3
6 Gold Coast United FC 2 0 2 0 2 0 2
7 Central Coast Mariners FC 2 0 1 1 2 -1 1
8 Melbourne Victory FC 2 0 1 1 1 -1 1
9 Sydney FC 2 0 1 1 2 -2 1
10 Melbourne Heart FC 2 0 0 2 5 -2 0
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Phoenix Get Ward Back Before Perth Journey

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Wellington Phoenix supporters, and manager Ricki Herbert in particular, will be relieved to hear that the A-League rescinded the red card given to Nick Ward from last weekend’s match against Newcastle Jets. The midfielder who assisted on Tim Brown’s opener for the Phoenix was given a straight red after his challenge on Ryan Griffiths just outside the box on eighty-three minutes. A card was deserved but certainly not a red, a fact that the league has acknowledged and rectified before Round 3. With a host of injuries, not least to Paul Ifill, who left with pain for the second straight week, the reds given to Ward and Brown (whose penalty will not be rescinded, it seems) were making a full team selection difficult in the long away trip to Perth Glory. Now Ward will return and be joined by teenager Cameron Lindsay in the team. No word yet on the extent of Ifill’s absence, though it appears to be more like several weeks than several days.

UPDATE – Referee Matt Gillett will be suspended for a week’s worth of A-League action after his two red cards last weekend. With Nick Ward’s rescinded, the league had little choice but to punish the referee whose calls were so publicly criticized. Though officials have been dropped before, it has never been openly admitted by the A-League.

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A-League Goal of the Week – Round 2

Shane Smeltz second goal (Melbourne Heart v Perth Glory)
Thomas Broich (Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar)
James Brown (Central Coast Mariners v Gold Coast United)
Tim Brown (Wellington Phoenix v Newcastle Jets)

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Round 2 A-League Team of the Week

perthManager – Ian Ferguson (Perth Glory)

aufcGoalkeeper – Eugene Galeković (Adelaide United)

ccmDefender – Patrick Zwaanswijk (Central Coast Mariners)

roarDefender – Ivan Franjic (Brisbane Roar)

wpDefender – Tony Lochhead (Wellington Phoenix)

aufcDefender – Milan Šušak (Adelaide United)

aufcMidfielder – Dario Vidošić (Adelaide United)

wpMidfielder – Daniel (Wellington Phoenix)

roarMidfielder – Thomas Broich (Brisbane Roar)

gcuMidfielder – James Brown (Gold Coast United)

heartForward – David Williams (Melbourne Heart)

perthForward – Shane Smeltz (Perth Glory)

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Rostyn Griffiths and the Disappearing Sponsor

UPDATED – Apparently Grifiths had blood on his shirt and changed it at half-time. His replacement shirt did not have the new sponsor and was likely left over from the pre-season when the Mariners had not yet announced their Soocer5s.com deal.

In Saturday’s Central Coast Mariners v. Gold Coast United tie at Bluetongue, Rostyn Griffiths lost his shirt sponsor. Without having watched the match I’m short on an explanation for how he could start the match with a sponsorship across his chest…

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yet finish the match without one.

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Smeltz Brace Leads Glory Past Heart

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Melbourne Heart 1 – Perth Glory 2
A goal in each half from Shane Smeltz were enough for Perth Glory to take all three points from Melbourne Heart on Sunday, 2-1 at AAMI Park. Smeltz opened his account for the Glory on a header from a Liam Miller cross but was equalized on the half-our by a David Williams penalty for the Heart. A week after narrowly missing out on his Perth debut, Smeltz made it two in his second Glory goal when he bent a shot from just outside the box to restore the visitors’ lead and claim the victory. The second straight failure leave Heart as the only club without a point through the first two rounds, a fact that is compounded by the short-term loss of Marquee Player Fred, who exited in the first half due to a hamstring injury. As for Glory, they have put the doldrums of 2010/11 behind them on the strength of their new recruits. Their six points are equalled only by Brisbane Roar.

Wellington Phoenix 2 – Newcastle Jets 0
In New Zealand, Wellington Phoenix scored twice before having two players sent off against Newcastle Jets at Westpac Stadium. Tim Brown grabbed the first Phoenix goal when his header beat Ben Kennedy in the 18th minute. Just prior to the goal, Wellington lost midfielder Paul Ifill to another groin injury, forcing his replacement for the second straight week. Daniel came on for Ifill and changed the game. His play on the wing gave Wellington a constant threat, a force that ultimately led to his scoring the second goal from a Tony Lochhead cross. Despite the 2-0 lead, the Phoenix saw Nick Ward and Brown sent off in the game’s final moments, with manager Ricki Herbert incredulous. Despite finishing just just nine men, Wellington held off the Jets and moved up to third place on the ladder with four points. The opening game win against Melbourne Heart was dampened by the away loss for Newcastle, who have one just once in Wellington. Still, their three points are good for fifth place.

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Roar Make it 30 Straight in 2-0 Sydney Win

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Sydney FC 0 – Brisbane Roar 2
Brisbane Roar recorded their thirtieth consecutive game without a loss in a 2-0 win against Sydney FC at the Sydney Football Stadium. The Sky Blues were again held scoreless, this time at home, as Michael Theoklitos saved Sydney’s best chances. The visitors were the lesser side for most of the first half but got the first goal after the usually sure-handed Liam Reddy could not hold Erik Paartalu’s shot, allowing Besart Berisha (pictured) to score the opener on the rebound in the 40th minute. Sydney fought back and came close to equalizing through Nicky Carle in the second half but in the end, Brisbane’s quality was too great. In the 70th, young Kofi Danning found Thomas Broich for an easy second Roar goal and the 2-0 score line. Brisbane claim the top of the ladder and drop Sydney ignominiously toward the bottom.

Central Coast Mariners 1 – Gold Coast United 1
This week, Gold Coast United were the side stung by a late equalizer as 36-year old Patrick Zwaanswijk headed in for Central Coast Mariners in the 87th minute. Just over 10,000 were at Bluetongue Stadium as the Mariners went behind just after half-time on another wonderful strike from James Brown. Gold Coast, who needed Brown’s stunner earned the first point of the season in Round 1, surely thought they would steal all three points from last season’s runners-up. But Brad Porter’s long cross gave Zwaanswijk enough time to come forward and send a floating header across goal and just beyond the desperate reach of Glen Ross. The point is the first of the season for Central Coast while United pick up their second 1-1 draw.

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