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Kosmina Gets a Point in Adelaide Return

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Sydney FC 2 – Adelaide United 2
John Kosmina could not get Adelaide United’s first win since Remembrance Day but did eke out a point against his former club, Sydney FC, in a 2-2 draw at the Sydney Football Stadium. Daniel Mullen got the opener for the visiting Reds, heading in a Dario Vidošić corner in the eighth minute, but was quickly equalized when Karol Kisel converted an eleventh minute penalty for the Sky Blues. Bruno Carazine earned the spot kick after a Nigel Boogaard challenge in the box. Carazine nearly gave the home side the lead early in the second half but for his header caroming off the post. Minutes later, Bruce Djite earned a penalty for Adelaide when he was taken down by Liam Reddy. Vidošić added a goal to his line on the score sheet in converting the penalty in the 55th minute for a 2-1 lead. From there, teenager Dimitri Petratos scored from a wonderful volley in the 66th minute to level the score once again. Iain Ramsay was sent off late in the game for the Reds but the visitors held on to take a point and given Kosmina a starting point in the rebuilding job for which he was hired. Sydney move into third with their point, now just one behind Brisbane Roar.

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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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10-Man Victory Survive Gold Coast

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Melbourne Victory 3 – Gold Coast United 2
Two goals up after 22 minutes, Melbourne Victory had Rody Vargas sent off, conceded twice and needed a header from Carlos Hernández, of all people, to emerge with a 3-2 win over Gold Coast United at AAMI Park. Playing their first game of the season at AAMI, the Victory looked to have the match wrapped after a first minute penalty was converted by Harry Kewell and a 22nd minute spot kick was scored by Hernández. But Vargas went in on Gol-Gol Mebrahtu with two feet and with studs up, earning a straight red card in the 33rd minute. Mebrahtu won a penalty just before half-time, which was scored by substitute Dylan Macallister, bringing the visitors back into the game. Peter Jungschläger brought further intrigue when he scored just two minutes after the break to level the score and bring reminders of the Victory’s lost two-goal lead just a week earlier. But Hernández headed in an Archie Thompson chip in the 79th minute to finally secure all three points for the home side. Kristian Rees did keep it interesting to the end, hitting the post, just as Jonas Salley had done in the first half, but it was not to be for the A-League’s bottom side. Melbourne jump all the way to third place with the three points, clearing Sydney FC on goal difference.

Wellington Phoenix 2 – Sydney FC 1
Speaking of Sydney, they were the lesser side for the majority of their match away to Wellington, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Phoenix at Westpac Stadium. Though the crowds did not turn out as they’d done in Auckland last weekend, the Yellow Fever were treated to an early goal from the spectacular Paul Ifill and and stunning goal from Tim Brown. The latter will surely be atop the list for Goal of the Year in the A-League as the midfielder slipped around Nicky Carle to claim Liam Reddy’s clearance before lobbing the helpless keeper from nearly fifty yards. That 59th minute goal was vital as a weird goal from Bruno Cazarine pulled one back for the visitors in the 70th minute. Yet the Phoenix were able to hold on with Mirjan Pavlović playing a key role in continuing the home side’s pressure to the end. Gathering full points from a top three (at the time) club was a good win for Wellington and lifts them to eighth place, just a point out of finals football and just two points shy of third place. Sydney had two shouts for penalties in the match, finally do not get a late equalizer or winner and sink to fourth place, now behind Melbourne Victory on goal difference.

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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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Sydney Flip Gold Coast to Reach Fourth

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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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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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Round 3 A-League Weekend Results

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Saturday October 21:
Adelaide United 1
Sydney FC 2

Melbourne Victory 0
Melbourne Heart 0

Sunday October 22:
Perth Glory 1
Wellington Phoenix 0

Newcastle Jets 1
Central Coast Mariners 0

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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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Roar Hold Off Mariners in Grand Final Replay

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Brisbane Roar 1 – Central Coast Mariners 0
Though it wasn’t the Grand Final, Brisbane Roar and Central Coast Mariners played a fine game of football on the opening day of the A-League’s 2011/12 season. The replay of the now famous tie at Suncorp Stadium did not attract record crowds, but those who did come were treated to a skillful clash of club’s with opposing styles of play. The Roar, last season’s runaway Premiers and Gold Medal Trophy winners, were the more fluid, routinely mystifying the 13,467 crowd with their passing and possession. Yet the Mariners’ stout defense were up to the task for most of the game. In the end, Brisbane prevailed 1-0 thanks to a Mitch Nichols goal in the 72nd minute. Nichols was cruelly denied the opener on 25 minutes when he rounded young Mariners goalkeeper Matthew Ryan but hit the post. Ryan was called on seven times but could not keep a clean sheet. Still, the Mariners will not be devastated by a loss away to the double holders. For their part, Brisbane are top class, having recovered already from the loss of personnel after such a successful 2010/11 season. It’s too early to project the rest of the season, but this was a good indication of just how good the Roar can be in 2011/12.

Newcastle Jets 3 – Melbourne Heart 2
Elsewhere, Newcastle Jets opened the season with a 3-2 home victory over Melbourne Heart at Ausgrid Stadium. A first half brace from Ryan Griffiths and a late goal from Byun were just enough to edge past Mate Dugandžić‘s brace for Heart. The 21-year old who moved to Heart from Melbourne Victory in the off-season was exciting throughout, combining well with Fred and Jason Hoffman to give the visitors a formidable attacking presence. But Griffiths took over the match late in the first half, scoring from a free kick and from the run of play before nearly completing a hat-trick in injury-time, forcing a fine save Heart keeper Nikola Roganović. Substitute Alex Terra nearly gave the Heart the away win before Byun launched a shot in injury-time that deflected off Michael Marrone and into the Heart goal. Taking all three points was important for the Jets after losing their biggest off-season acquisition Jason Čulina and the sacking of his father, manager Branko Čulina. Though Craig Deans is only the interim manager, and there were certainly holes in the Jets’ defense, the start is bright for Newcastle. Similarly, Heart can take solace in their wonderful attacking display, though they need real help at the back.

Melbourne Victory 0 – Sydney FC 0
And in the league’s marquee tie of the opening weekend, Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC drew 0-0 at the Etihad Stadium in front of 40,351. The A-League’s two biggest signings were on display with Harry Kewell nearly scoring at the end of the first half and Brett Emerton having his penalty saved. Despite the scoreless result, the match was far from dull as both sides relied heavily on their goalkeepers. Liam Reddy, Sydney’s keeper, just did keep Kewell out late in the first half and denied Danny Allsopp and substitute Jean Carlos Solórzano in the second half. On the other side, Ante Čović, who was signed just this week, brilliantly saved Emerton’s penalty in the 33rd minute and denied all else to earn a worthy clean sheet. While both sides will surely rue their missed chances, shared points in a game of such import was hardly unjust. With the media attention now slightly less intense, both sides can focus ahead of their matches next weekend. Meanwhile, the Victory will be very pleased with their pick-up of young Marcos Rojas, who played very well.

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The Importance of Brett Emerton

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Harry Kewell is a footballing hero in Australia. He debuted for the Socceroos at 17 and spent a dozen years in the English Premiership with Leeds United and Liverpool. His goal against Croatia moved Australia into the knock-out rounds of the 2006 World Cup and his return to his native country to sign with Melbourne Victory has been hailed as the most important signing in the A-League’s short history. While Kewell is certainly the face of the league ahead of the 2010/11 season, and his signing is indeed extremely important for the A-League, the player whose impact is most valuable in Australia is Brett Emerton. The former Feyenoord and Blackburn Rovers midfielder has 350 European games to his credit and 89 caps with the Socceroos, most of which has come with less fanfare than the circus that often follows Kewell.

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