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A-League Golden Boot – Round 5


Though Besart Berisha is still the leading goal scorer in the A-League this season, Archie Thompson’s brace against Brisbane Roar lifts him onto this list for the first time. The same goes for Jeremy Brockie, whose double for Newcastle Jets won their game against Perth Glory last weekend. Meanwhile, Henrique and Nick Carle each got their third goals of the season while Shane Smeltz and young James Brown held their positions.

roarBesart Berisha – 6

perthShane Smeltz – 3

gcuJames Brown – 3

jetsJeremy Brockie – 3

roarHenrique – 3

sydNicky Carle – 3

mvfcArchie Thompson – 3

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A-League Round 5 Highlights

As always, many thanks to 101 Great Goals for supplying these links:

Friday November 4:
Adelaide United 1 – Melbourne Heart 1

Wellington Phoenix 1 – Central Coast Mariners 2

Saturday November 5:
Melbourne Victory 2 – Brisbane Roar 2

Newcastle Jets 2 – Perth Glory 0

Sunday November 6:
Sydney FC 3 – Gold Coast United 2

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Round 5 A-League Ladder

1 Brisbane Roar FC 5 4 1 0 3 12 13
2 Newcastle Jets FC 5 3 0 2 7 0 9
3 Perth Glory FC 5 3 0 2 5 0 9
4 Sydney FC 5 2 2 1 6 0 8
5 Central Coast Mariners FC 5 2 1 2 5 0 7
6 Melbourne Victory FC 5 1 3 1 4 0 6
7 Gold Coast United FC 5 1 2 2 9 -2 5
8 Wellington Phoenix FC 5 1 1 3 6 -1 4
9 Adelaide United FC 5 1 1 3 11 -7 4
10 Melbourne Heart FC 5 0 3 2 7 -2 3
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Sydney Flip Gold Coast to Reach Fourth


Sydney FC 3 – Gold Coast United 2
Trailing 2-0 after 46 minutes, Sydney FC found a way to come from behind and defeat Gold Coast United 3-2 in front of 11,051 at the Sydney Football Stadium. Goals from Kristian Rees and Dylan Macallister had the visitors in a comfortable position, at least on the score line, just moments after half-time and were preparing to jump into fourth place on the ladder. Instead, a goal from Bruno Cazarine on the hour got the Sky Blues back into the game and an equalizer from Nicky Carle just three minutes later set the stage for the dramatic ending. Thirty minutes after the fourth goal of the game, Macallister was controversially whistled for a foul on Michael Beauchamp in the box late in injury time. Karol Kisel (pictured) converted the resulting penalty and Sydney took all three points. Gold Coast will surely have a complaint about the ending, though the comeback is quickly becoming a trend for Sydney, having taken points from each of their last three matches after initially trailing.

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Nine-Man Victory Take First Points from Roar


Melbourne Victory 2 – Brisbane Roar 2
Though the 33-game unbeaten streak continues, Brisbane Roar dropped two points for the first time this season in an exciting and bizarre 2-2 draw with Melbourne Victory at the Etihad Stadium. Ante Čović was sent off in the first minute for taking out Besart Berisha on a breakaway in the box and Henrique scored the resulting penalty to give the visiting Roar an early advantage on the score sheet and numerically. But Archie Thompson scored a stunning equalizer in the 10th minute to give the Victory hope in a game that seemed lost. Amazingly, Thompson put the home side ahead with a very well taken goal in the 21st minute, providing a glimpse of a formula that might one day be used to defeat Brisbane. Yet Thomas Broich leveled terms just in the 27th with a low, hard free kick, providing the fourth and final goal before the half-hour. The Victory then lost defender Matt Foschini to a red card after a hard tackle on Broich ten minutes before half-time and were forced to continuously defend for the game’s final fifty-five minutes. Putting all nine players behind the ball, Melbourne managed to prevent Brisbane from scoring a third and somehow escaped with a draw and a point under truly strange circumstances. That point moves the Victory into fifth place while the Roar are now just four points clear of Newcastle Jets and Perth Glory atop the ladder.

Newcastle Jets 2 – Perth Glory 0
Indeed, Newcastle Jets moved into second place thanks to a quick first half brace from Jeremy Brockie at Ausgrid Stadium. The Jets got their first win in manager Gary van Egmond’s return as Brockie skillfully beat Perth’s defenders within ninety seconds in the 10th and 11th minutes. The All Whites striker scored both goals in spectacular fashion with the second being an early candidate for goal of the season as he flipped the ball over his marker and volleyed in for a 2-0 lead. Though the Glory did have some chances through Shane Smeltz, Billy Mehmet and Travis Dodd, this game belonged to the Jets. New recruit Frannie Jeffers marked his first game of his second stint with Newcastle with a nice performance as the home side controlled possession and importantly, the midfield. All three points lift the Jets past Perth into second place, though they are equal on nine points through five games. For the Glory, the loss was the second straight after winning their first three.

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Mariners Drop Phoenix in Wellington


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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Podcast Preview with Victory Blog


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The A-League US podcast returns with special guest James from Victory Blog and Victorycast. We look back at Melbourne Victory’s first win of the season, Archie Thompson’s goal, the role of Harry Kewell to this point and what it might take to take points from Brisbane Roar this weekend.

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A-League Predictions – Round 5


Friday November 4:
Wellington Phoenix 1
Central Coast Mariners 1

Adelaide United 2
Melbourne Heart 1

Saturday November 5:
Newcastle Jets 1
Perth Glory 2

Melbourne Victory 1
Brisbane Roar 2

Sunday November 6:
Sydney FC 2
Gold Coast United 2

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Round 5 Fixtures in US Time Zones


Nov. 3/4 – Wellington Phoenix v Central Coast Mariners – 11:30pm PT / 2:30am ET
Nov. 4 – Adelaide United v Melbourne Heart – 2:00am PT / 5:00am ET
Nov. 4/5 – Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory – 11:30pm PT / 2:30am ET
Nov. 5 – Melbourne Victory v Brisbane Roar – 1:45am PT / 4:45am ET
Nov. 5/6 – Sydney FC v Gold Coast United – 11:00pm PT / 2:00am ET – Live on FSC

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