Round Twenty-One Review (Hyundai A-League)
Round Twenty-One of the A-League was a fascinating one. There was at least one goal scored in all of the games making the football being played stimulating for the neutral spectator. Incredibly there were no draws in all of the five games in the round! Four of the five games were won by the home team. The last three games of the Round had at least three goals scored in them.
Mariners v Phoenix Review
Mariners controlled the balance of play early, without any end product. Trent Buhagiar was finding pockets of space, getting into the right channels. Andrew Hoole showed great endeavour, getting into the final third without finishing his good work off, failing to put the ball into the back of the net. Daniel De Silva managed to score thanks to a sublime cross from Hoole. The Second Half was a different story: the Phoenix controlled the game. Krishna hit the bar, with a golden chance, which was indicative of the Second Half for the Phoenix. They deserved to get something out of the game, but the Mariners took the valuable three points on offer.
Roar v Jets Review
Jason Hoffman made marauding runs forward, from the right back position. Both teams had opportunities to score in the First Half with both goal keepers making important saves. Substitute Henrique had a golden chance to score in the Second Half, but wasted it. Jamie Young played an outstanding game of football. Steven Ugarkovic played an exquisite pass late in the Second Half that was put into the back of the net by Joseph Champness.
Victory v Reds Review
Victory scored in the twenty-second minute, thanks to a sublime cross from Leroy George that resulted in an own goal to Taylor Regan. In the twenty-ninth minute Leroy George made it two-nil in favour of the Victory. Ryan Strain put the ball on a plate for George Blackwood, who butchered the opportunity. In the Second Half Reds substitute Dzengis Cavusevic got sent off in the fifty-fifth minute, meaning the Reds were down to ten men two weeks in a row. Besart Berisha managed to make it three-nil to the Victory in the fifty-ninth minute. The game ended three-nil in favour of the Victory.
Glory v City Review
The game didn’t look like anyone would score. Then everything changed thanks to young star Daniel Arzani. He showed why there is so much hype around him, scoring a sublime goal in the forty-fourth minute. Scott Jamieson credited with the assist. Bart Schenkkeveld was sent off in the sixty-seventh minute. Then Warren Joyce decided to substitute Arzani, which may have been the wrong decision. City didn’t look as dangerous without Arzani in the final third. Neil Kilkenny managed to score the equalizer in the eighty-fifth minute against his old team! Then in stoppage time, substitute Adam Taggart managed to score the winning goal for the Glory.
Sky Blues v Wanderers Review
Oriol Riera put the Wanderers in the lead with a goal thanks to a goal keeping error from Andrew Redmayne. Adrian Mierzejewski managed to score the equalizer in the forty-fourth minute. Mierzejewski made it a brace for himself with a good finish in the fifty-fifth minute to give the Sky Blues the lead. Milos Ninkovic played an exquisite pass that resulted in a goal to Bobo in the seventy-third minute. That was how the game ended: three-nil in favour of the Sky Blues.