A-League Round 11 My Review
There was a total of 19 goals scored in 4 of the games played in the A-League in Round 11, with the other game played a scoreless draw. There was plenty of drama and entertainment with red cards, penalties and much more. Find out what happened in what was an enthralling Round of A-League football.
Friday Night Game
Sky Blues v Mariners
It was a brilliant 1st half from the Mariners as they controlled the tempo of the game. Unfortunately the Mariners went down to 10 men near the midway point of the 1st half thanks to 2 yellow cards in a short period of time shown to Kalifa Cisse. Connor Pain gave the Mariners a deserved lead, which they maintained until the half time break. The 2nd half was a different story captain Alex Brosque scoring a hat trick, Adam Le Fondre a penalty and Aaron Calver scoring a 5th goal for the Sky Blues, while for the Mariners Aiden O’Neill scored their second goal, but the Mariners would be extremely disappointed with their 2nd half.
Sky Blues Game Changer: Alex Brosque
Mariners Game Changer: Aiden O’Neill
Saturday Night Games
Reds v Phoenix
The Reds dominated the contest with 32 shots to the Phoenix’s 4 and possession was also one sided in favour of the Reds, but they couldn’t finish off their good work so all of that counted for nothing in the end. Mandi was sent off in the 2nd half, which meant that the scoreless draw that eventuated was a good result away from home for the Phoenix. Ryan Strain was outstanding for the Reds; Strain played a game that should mean that he cements his spot in the Reds starting 11.
Reds Game Changer: Ryan Strain
Phoenix Game Changer: Fillip Kurto
Wanderers v Victory
Lawrence Thomas made 2 quality saves early in the contest. The Wanderers had 24 shots to the Victory’s 8 yet the Wanderers lost the game 2-1, thanks to a brace from Ola Toivenen. The Wanderers solitary goal was scored by Alexander Baumjohann, from the penalty spot. The Wanderers would pleased with their performance, even though they left the game without a point.
Wanderers Game Changer: Alexander Baumjohann
Victory Game Changer: Ola Toivenen
Sunday Night Games
City v Jets
A misjudgement early on from City goal keeper Eugene Galekovic led to the opening goal of the match to Jets Striker Roy O’Donovan. Riley Mcgree missed a couple of opportunities to level the score. Ronald Vargas received to yellow cards in the first half, which meant that the Jets were forced to play much of the game with 10 men on the field. Shortly after Luke Brattan made the score 2-1 in favour of City. From there on in the Jets controlled the tempo of the match, controlling much of the game with 18 shots to City’s 10. City dominated possession, but most of the time it amounted to nothing. The Jets may have lost the game 2-1, but it was a gallant effort considering that they were forced to play the majority of the game with 10 men.
City Game Changer: Riley Mcgree
Jets Game Changer: Nikolai Topor Stanley
Roar v Glory
Adam Taggart scored 2 first half goals to give the Roar a 2-nil lead at half time. It appeared as if there was no way back into the game for the Glory, however everything changed when Daniel Bowles was sent off for a tackle that prevented the Glory from a goal scoring opportunity. Neil Kilkenny took the resultant penalty and gave the Glory some hope. The Glory scored 3 goals in approximately 6 minutes in the late stages of the game to make the score 4-2 in favour of the Glory. Despite the score line, Jamie Young made some quality saves to keep the Roar in the contest. Even though the Glory won the game, they have to improve in order to be a contender for the title.
Roar Game Changer: Jamie Young
Glory Game Changer: Jason Davidson