Round 1 Review (Hyundai A-League)
The first week of football was a fascinating round. Every game was intriguing. The standard of football was very high as intensity and tempo was good. Every game had at least one goal scored in an action packed weekend of football.
City v Roar Review
The game was controlled by City who were coached extremely well. City looked extremely fit and cohesive. The intensity and tempo was evident on every part of the park; even the goal keeper Galekovic made a lot of passes in the back half.
An opportunity was initiated by a Brattan corner and finished off by Kamau in the forty-fifth minute.
Fitzgerald put the ball on a plate for Kamau who finished with a second goal in the seventy fourth minute.
Mariners v Jets Review
The game was decided by a brilliant attacking style of game implemented by newly appointed manager Ernie Merrick. O’Donovan came back to haunt the Mariners finishing with a hat trick and two assists for the Jets against his old side. The Mariners first goal to Asdrubal seemed an eternity ago. Petratos and Nabbout were sublime. Substitute Champness and then Petratos scored goals to put the icing on the cake.
Victory v Sky Blues Review
The Victory were missing three key players due to international duty. Despite that they controlled the game without having an end product. The Sky Blues struggled to keep possession. New signing George was a revelation as he posed problems for the Sky Blues defence. The Sky Blues were fortunate to go ahead on the score board with an own goal from Victory defender Deng.
Phoenix v Reds Review
There was an early goal to Vidosic in his Phoenix debut, followed by a goal to Absalonsen in his Reds debut. The rest of the half was highly uninspiring from both side as no one looked dangerous in the final third. Stand in Phoenix captain Krishna looked to push forward on occasions. However, both teams appeared to be satisfied with the result and didn’t look like they wanted to score. They were both looking for a point.
Wanderers v Glory Review
Wanderers controlled the first half with no end product for the most part of it. Poscoliero was instrumental in preventing the Glory from scoring. Cejudo played a key role of getting the first goal with a pass finished off by Riera in the forty third minute. Baccus started another raid forward with a pass to Hamill who managed an assist with Jumpei finishing off the good work in the forty sixth minute. In the second half the Wanderers failed to take their chances. Herd made a sublime chip to Riera who shot over the bar. Llorente then passed to Riera who missed another chance! Bonevacia then had an opportunity saved by Reddy. Taggart missed two chances in the matter of a couple of minutes with one hitting the wood work! It appeared that the Wanderers would pay for not being clinical in front of goal. The Glory eventually got rewarded for gaining back the ascendency with substitute Knowles pivotal in the construction of the goal who made an intelligent cross that Keogh heading it and the ball eventually went in for own goal to Hamill in the eighty second minute. The Wanderers defended too deep in the latter stages and were fortunate to get the three points.