Round Thirteen Review (Hyundai A-League)-Winners and Losers
Round thirteen of the A-League was an interesting one. It was end to end play. The momentum ebbed and flowed with the balance of play in all the games reasonably even apart from the Glory game.
Victory v Jets Review
Hoffman missed two chances early in the peace. The game was a high tempo in the opening stanza. Geria played a good ball to Barbarouses who broke the dead lock. Nabbout showed some good endeavour without an end product. In stoppage time the Jets levelled the score through Jason Hoffman, who profited from a sublime pass from Ugarkovic. George played two exquisite passes in a matter of minutes; the first was butchered by Barbarouses and the second was well finished by Berisha. Shortly after Geria won a penalty, the resultant penalty kick was taken by Milligan and well saved by Moss. Ugarkovic had a shot well saved by Thomas. Hoffman missed a golden opportunity. The Jets would be disappointed not to get anything out of the game.
Reds v Roar Review
The game was in the balance after twenty minutes, with no one having a meaningful shot on goal. Skapetis had the first opportunity, but shot straight at Izzo. The Reds gave up the ball in the defensive half, with poor ball control by Isaias, Ben Khalfallah profited from the uncharacteristic error, to give the Roar an undeserved one-nil lead. The Reds constructed some good possession, forming clever combinations in the First Half, once again without any end product. Ben Khalfallah played a sublime pass to Maccarone who made the finish look easy. The Reds conceded a second goal due to a cheap turnover! Then in stoppage time of the First Half the game changed due to a red card for captain Mckay! Substitute Marrone found a pocket of space and shot the ball, but unfortunately the shot hit the bar. Following that Marrone played a sublime cross that Blackwood headered that was saved by Young. Mileusnic had a shot saved by a Roar defender only for Blackwood to score the rebound. The Reds were dominating the game, but losing on the scoreboard! Some how the Roar won the game two-one!
Sky Blues v Glory Review
Wilkshire played an exquisite cross that was headered by Bobo, but was well saved from Reddy. Then out of nowhere the Sky Blues had a counter attack that was finished off by O’Neill. Brillante nearly scored, but his shot was well saved by Reddy. In the second half it was one way traffic for the Sky Blues. Mierjewski scored a goal thanks to a deflection from Grant. Brosque made it three-nil thanks to a pinpoint cross from Zullo. Following that the Sky Blues were awarded a penalty kick; the resultant spot kick was finished off by Bobo to make it an incredible four-nil. Substitute Italiano had a deflected shot hit the cross bar. Reddy kept the score from being worse. Hard to believe it was only one-nil at Half Time! Bobo managed two more goals, including a penalty, which gave him his second hat trick in a row to make it six-nil.
Mariners v Phoenix Review
The Phoenix controlled most of the game, without finishing off their good work, they butchered some good opportunities to score in the First Half. Kennedy was a stand out for the Mariners in the First Half. The game was in the balance in the Second Half. There was no end product from either team. No one was able to break the dead lock. The game finished an unattractive nil-nil.
Wanderers v City Review
Nothing of note happened in the first twenty-five minutes, until City’s Atkinson brought the game to life with a sublime cross that was finished by Mccormack. Following that, Kusukami hit the outside of the post. Riera scored a poacher’s goal to equalize, Llorente credited with the assist. Shortly afterwards, Bridge put the Wanderers ahead, thanks to an assist from Riera. Janjetovic saved a penalty from Mccormack. There was no end product from either team in the Second Half with the game finishing two-one if favour of the Wanderers.