Round 8 Review (Hyundai A-League)
It was an enthralling eighth round of football. All ten teams managed to score at least one goal except the Wanderers. The football that was played by the Jets would be acceptable in any league in the world. The Mariners weren’t far behind them in terms of the tempo that they played with. The only thing missing from the round of football was big crowds to enhance the atmosphere. The Jets astutely offered ten-dollar tickets. Maybe cheap tickets will encourage the public to watch some potential Socceroos in action.
Jets v Victory Review
Barbarouses scored a goal in the fifth minute with Troisi providing the assist. The Jets fought back shortly after with Petratos setting up a goal for Georgevski. Then nearing the end of the half Hoffman provided an assist for Nabbout. The Jets led the Victory two one at half time. In the seventy-fifth minute Nabbout astutely took a quick through that was put into the back of the net by youngster Champness. Nabbout managed a brace with a second goal coming in the eighty-third minute assisted by Petratos. The Jets won the game four goals to one, with Petratos the stand out.
City v Glory Review
Nichols scored the first goal of the game in the twelfth minute thanks to a deflection. Mccormack levelled the scores at one all with a thunderous free kick in the thirty-first minute. What followed was mayhem. Malik was sent off with the help of the VAR and onto of that conceded a penalty. Torres took the penalty calmly and put the Glory ahead two nil in the forty-third minute. Fitzgerald made an horrendous mistake on the half way line. The ball was intercepted by Mallia who put the Glory two goals ahead. Despite City controlling the game in the second half the game finished three goals to one to the Glory.
Phoenix v Mariners Review
Ridenton and Krishna were lively early without providing an end product. Hoole took a sublime corner that was put into the back of the net by a Phoenix player and an own goal for Kaluderovic in the thirty ninth minute. De Silva made the score two nil with an elementary opportunity fell his way that he finished off in the fifty forth minute. In the sixty sixth minute Hoole made the score three nil. Vidosic managed to get some respectability on the scoreboard with a goal. In stoppage time Powell played an exquisite ball to fellow substitute Buhagiar who finished off the good lead up work to made the final score four goals to one.
Sky Blues v Roar Review
Carney clinically finished with the first goal of the game in the seventh minute, assisted by Simon. Pepper handled the ball in his penalty box to give away a penalty. Mierzejewski finished the penalty off by blasting the ball into the back of the net to make the score two nil after fifteen minutes. The scoreboard didn’t reflect the balance of play. In the second half no one looked scoring for much of it. That changed when Simon and Papadopoulos were sent off. Papadopoulos was sent off for an unsavoury incident and Simon was sent off for retaliating. The game started to open up; Ryall scored the Sky Blues third goal, while the opposition right back Hingert thwarted the Sky Blues hopes of a keeping a clean sheet. The game finished three one in the Sky Blues favour without star playmaker Ninkovic due to injury.
Reds v Wanderers Review
Mileusnic butchered a couple of clear cut chances in the first half. Cornthwaite received a second yellow card in the twenty-first minute. Diawara missed the subsequent penalty. Kitto looked lively early on. He was rewarded with a goal in the forty-sixth minute. Matmour wasted two chances early in the second half. Riera hit the bar. Kitto finished with a brace following good lead up work from Mileusnic with his second goal came in the sixty-third minute. Garuccio was sent off in the seventy-seventh minute meaning both teams were down to ten men. The game finished with the Reds claiming a two nil victory.