Round 4 Review (Hyundai A-League)
It was an enthralling fourth round of football. Every game had an attacking flavour. Every coach endeavoured to play attacking football. The tempo was high and the football would be acceptable in any league in the world. There were three draws from five games, which showed the closeness of the league.
Sky Blues v Glory Review
Harold had a marauding run forward, passed the ball to Castro who had his shot saved by Redmayne. Bobo missed a goal opportunity. Carney earned the Sky Blues a penalty when he was fouled by Mills. Bobo blasted the resultant penalty onto the bar. Reddy saved two shots by Wilkshire in a matter of minutes. Wilkshire won another penalty for the Sky Blues with Mills handling the ball. Bobo redeemed himself by slotting the ensuing penalty just before the half time break. There were a couple of goal saving tackles by the Glory in the second half; the first by Lowry and the second by Neville. Taggart had a chance to get something out of the game for the Glory only for Redmayne to save the shot brilliantly. The ball went straight down the other end where Torres conceded a penalty for a foul on Ninkovic. Mierzejewski took advantage of the opportunity nailing the penalty. The game finished with a two-nil victory over the Glory.
Phoenix v Roar Review
The Phoenix dominated the early going with three goals in the opening twenty minutes of play! Kaluderovic managed a brace, while Krishna also scored in an unbelievable start by the Phoenix. The Roar managed to peg the deficit back by a goal with Maccarone with the finishing touch in the forty fifth minute. Ben Khalfallah took a free kick forcing a save from Smith only for Papadopoulos to finish off the good work in the sixty sixth minute. Following that Papadopoulos won a penalty, which Maccarone slotted to level the scores at three all. That is what the score remained at.
Reds v City Review
Izzo gave away a penalty early on in the game. Mccormack took advantage of the chance by slotting the penalty kick in the eleventh minute. Subsequently, Mccormack had a free kick, he shot a bullet that swerved and gave Izzo no chance to save it in the sixteenth minute. Warland had an opportunity for the Reds brilliantly saved by former Red Galekovic. Malik received a second yellow card in the sixty first minute meaning that he was sent off. Schenkeveld made an inspirational tackle on Matmour. La Rocca then rattled the post from a Brattan corner. City failed to take advantage of the one man advantage, but still ran out victors two-nil.
Jets v Wanderers Review
The Wanderers dominated the game early with good combinations. Hoffman replaced an injured Geogievski in the thirteenth minute. Jumpei had a shot saved only for Bridge to take advantage of the rebound and score the first goal of the game in the sixteenth minute. Then Brown had his shot well saved by Janjetovic. Topor Stanley missed two headers in quick succession. Kantarovski save a goal with an important tackle on Jumpei. Despite missing an opportunity Cejudo was looking dangerous in the early exchanges of the second half. O’Donovan had a good shot well saved by Janjetovic only for Petratos to score off the rebound in the sixty eighth minute. That was how the game stayed at, with the final score one all.
Mariners v Victory Review
The game ebbed and flowed. It was end to end stuff. The score was nil-nil at half time with neither team with an end product and no one looking like breaking the deadlock. Pain finally broke the drought with sublime skill and a clinical finish in the fifty eighth minute. George shot a bullet of a free kick that ended up in the back of the net in the sixty fifth minute. Pain and Appiah-Kubi both hit the post with the game ending in a one-all draw.