Round 10 Review (Hyundai A-League)
This Round had everything from a nil-nil draw between the Roar and the Phoenix to a five-nil game in the derby. There were twelve goals in the five games. The crowd attendances varied from just over five thousand to over thirty-six thousand in the derby. In two of the five games played the best player on the field in my opinion was the Goal Keeper. It wasn’t the best round of football, standard wise, but four out of five games were competitive, at least based on the scoreboard.
Victory Reds Review
Reds controlled the game early on in the contest. Kitto played an exquisite cross finished off by Diawara. Following that both goal keepers made a good save. The Victory were awarded a penalty late in a half. What resulted was a brilliant double save. In the Second Half Milligan brought the game level with a sublime finish. Once again Kurz worked his magic with an astute substitution. He brought Blackwood on who finished off some good work by Mileusnic. Late in the game the Reds went down to nine men following red cards to Adlung and Garuccio. The Reds showed a ton of character. Kurz has done a brilliant job in his first Season in the A-League.
Roar v Phoenix Review
Brown missed a golden chance for the Roar early. Bautheac cross saved by Italiano. Kalujerovic had a good shot well saved by Young. Vidosic also had a shot brilliantly saved by Young. Young continued on his good form in the Second Half. Parkhouse looked lively. Vidosic missed three opportunities in the Second Half. In my opinion Jamie Young was the best player on the field, which shows that Phoenix controlled the balance of play and deserved more than a nil nil draw.
Wanderers v Sky Blues Review
The Wanderers made five changes to the starting line-up. The game was a disaster for the Wanderers from start to finish. Mierzejewski gave the Sky Blues a dream start with a clinical finish early on. Wanderers did play some good combinations but nothing happened in the final third. Brosque finished with an easy goal in the forty-first minute. Adrian finished with a clever goal in the forty-fifth minute to make the score three nil in favour of the Sky Blues at Half Time. An own goal from Scott in fifty-third minute summed up the night for the Wanderers. O’Neill put salt into the wound with a clinical finish in the seventy-sixth minute. It could have been worse for the Wanderers with Janjetovic making some good saves to keep the score at five nil in favour of the Sky Blues.
Glory v Jets Review
Nichols made an intelligent shot at goal from a difficult angle superbly saved by Moss. Knowles finished off some good lead up work by Mills to make the score one nil in favour of the Glory. Petratos looked lively, but there was no one to finish off his good work. In the Second Half Grant prevented an O’Donovan goal. Jets were playing well with no end product. Then everything changed. A moment of brilliance by Koutroumbis with a cracking goal in the eighty-eighth minute. Shortly after in stoppage time, there was an own goal, courtesy of Walker. The Jets managed to steal the three points late on.
City v Mariners Review
Schenkeveld thwarted a good attack from Pain. Brattan then took a fantastic corner with no one there to provide the end product. Mauk missed two opportunities in the First Half. Youngster Atkinson made a superb cross, but no one there to finish it off. City controlled the First Half with Kennedy in my opinion the best player on the field. Brattan played an exquisite pass to Mccormack who scored a goal in the fifty-ninth minute. The Mariners had at least three opportunities, but no end product. The game finished one nil to City.