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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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Round 6 A-League Team of the Week

wpManager – Ricki Herbert (Wellington Phoenix)

sydGoalkeeper – Liam Reddy (Sydney FC)

sydDefender – Jamie Coyne (Sydney FC)

wpDefender – Andrew Durante (Wellington Phoenix)

mvfcDefender – Rodrigo Vargas (Melbourne Victory)

roarMidfielder – Thomas Broich (Brisbane Roar)

aufcMidfielder – Iain Ramsay (Adelaide United)

heartMidfielder – Mate Dugandžić (Melbourne Heart)

wpMidfielder – Leo Bertos (Wellington Phoenix)

sydMidfielder – Nicky Carle (Sydney FC)

heartMidfielder – Aziz Behich (Melbourne Heart)

wpForward – Chris Greenacre (Wellington Phoenix)

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A-League Goal of the Week – Round 6

Iain Ramsay (Adelaide United v Gold Coast United)

Aziz Behich (Melbourne Heart v Newcastle Jets)

Tim Brown (Brisbane Roar v Wellington Phoenix)

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A-League Golden Boot – Round 6

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Besart Berisha scored his league-leading seventh goal for Brisbane Roar and keeps three goals clear of his closest challenger. That is now James Brown, who scored his fourth in six games for Gold Coast United on the weekend. The only other player to enter, or in this case re-enter, this list is Mate Dugandžić, whose third goal of the season was also his third goal against Newcastle Jets this year.

roarBesart Berisha – 7

gcuJames Brown – 4

perthShane Smeltz – 3

jetsJeremy Brockie – 3

roarHenrique – 3

sydNicky Carle – 3

mvfcArchie Thompson – 3

heartMate Dugandžić – 3

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A-League Round 6 Highlights

Friday November 11:
Adelaide United 2 – Gold Coast United 1

Saturday November 12:
Melbourne Heart 3 – Newcastle Jets 0

Central Coast Mariners 0 – Melbourne Victory 0

Perth Glory 0 – Sydney FC 1

Sunday November 13:
Brisbane Roar 1 – Wellington Phoenix 1

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Phoenix Hold Roar at Suncorp

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Brisbane Roar 1 – Wellington Phoenix 1
Despite controlling possession and far outshooting the visitors from New Zealand, Brisbane Roar could only muster a 1-1 draw with Wellington Phoenix at Suncorp Stadium. Besart Berisha easily headed in a Thomas Broich free kick in the 11th minute, seemingly setting up a rout to cleanse last week’s bizarre 2-2 draw with Melbourne Victory from memory. Instead, the Phoenix relied on defensive coordination, a lot of luck and when the chance was given, a sweet combination to equalize. Leo Bertos’ cross-field pass to Nicky Ward was sublime, giving the latter the space and time to get to the endline and cut a ball back into the box. From there, Tim Brown, playing in his 100th game for Wellington, needed only to slot the ball into a mostly open net in the 37th minute. That exchange left the score level but seemed to be only the next goal of the game. Yet time and again, Brisbane created chances and either had them saved by the excellent Tony Warner or completely missed an open net. Kofi Danning and Issey Nakajima-Farran were the worst offenders though the whole of the Roar will rue missed opportunities to put away the visitors. The shared points keep Brisbane atop the ladder, but only by three points over surging Sydney FC. Wellington move up to ninth place on goal difference, leaving Gold Coast United in last.

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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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Adelaide Get Back on Track with Gold Coast Win

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Three goals in a twelve-minute span of the second half decided the tie between Adelaide United and Gold Coast United at Hindmarsh on Remembrance Day. Two of those goals came for the home side as Zenon Caravella (pictured), the former Gold Coast midfielder, and Iain Ramsay bookended the scoring for Adelaide to claim all three points. James Brown did score his fourth goal of the season, a deflected shot that leveled terms in the 67th minute, but Ramsay’s wonderful winner just two minutes later was enough to second straight loss. Despite giving up the two goals, Glen Moss was a key man for the visitors, denying several Adelaide shots that could have made the score much worse than it was. The Reds will also be worried about the leg injury suffered by Sergio van Dijk, last season’s golden boot winner. He was replaced in the first half by Andy Slory. Still, all three points take Adelaide into sixth place and for the time being, into finals football. Gold Cost stay on five points through their six matches and are in eighth place.

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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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