Round 2 Review (Hyundai A-League)
Round number two was an entertaining weekend of football with goals being scored in every game by all ten A-League teams. The style of football being played is outstanding considering the salary cap. Above all else there are some extremely good foreign players; the likes of Johan Absalonsen. There is also a Socceroo playing in the Wanderers Josh Risdon.
Roar v Reds Review
The second half was controlled by the Reds; they were coached extremely well. They fought to the end. Every substitution he made had an impact on the game. Izzo did make a mistake following a back pass to him; that would have made the score line two-nil to the Roar and just about put the game out of the reach for the Roar. The Roar will need to be more clinical if they are going to rise up the ladder. Off the field it is understandable that they have some issues; they don’t have a sponsor providing money for their shirts. However, there is the argument of when you cross the white line those external issues aren’t really relevant. At the end of the day the Reds were too good. They ran out victors two goals to one.
Wanderers v Mariners Review
The Mariners made two changes to their team, while the Wanderers made one change. The Mariners controlled much of the possession in the first half. They were rewarded with a goal to Asdrubal in the twenty first minute. The Wanderers hit back with a goal from a penalty from Riera. It was one all at hale f time. De Silva finished off a great piece of play with a sublime goal in the sixty third minute. Bonevacia managed an equaliser in the sixty ninth minute. The other thing worth mentioning in the second half, was a red card to Hoole. A draw was a fair result.
Victory v City Review
Thomas made two crucial saves in a matter of minutes from Mccormack. Budzinski made an immediate impact coming off the substitute bench with a clinical finish in stoppage time to give City a one goal buffer at half time. George scored the equaliser in the fifty-fifth minute. The winner came from an exquisite piece of work by Kamau who was rewarded with the winning goal in the sixty forth minute. City were victors in a thoroughly enjoyable high intensity battle between the two Melbourne team’s.
Jets v Glory
Taggart scored the first goal in the eighth minute. Glory controlled the game in the first twenty minutes. The Jets managed to level the game with O’Donovan scoring from a Nabbout cross in the thirtieth minute. Walker made some crucial interventions in defence. Kantarovski gave the Jets the lead after sixty minutes with an easy finish not more than a couple of metres out. Duncan made a crucial save from a Taggart shot latter in the half. Taggart persevered and managed a second goal when capitalised on a pinpoint cross from Glory substitute Harold in stoppage time. Two all was a pretty fair result taking the balance of play into account.
Sky Blues v Phoenix
Bobo managed to score a brace with goals in the twenty ninth and forty ninth minutes. Zullo scored the second goal for the Sky Blues to give them a reasonable buffer, only for Kaluderovic to give the Phoenix hope going into half time. In the second half Vidosic finished clinically from a Mcglinchey cross once again narrowing the deficit to one goal in the sixtieth minute. From there on in Phoenix showed good endeavour without a finish product, while Simon missed a couple of chances for the Sky Blues. Based on the balance of play the Phoenix can count themselves unlucky not to finish with a point.