A-League Round 13 My Review
It was a fantastic Round of football with 19 goals in 5 matches. There was plenty of action and the games that were played were unpredictable and entertaining.
Friday January 11th
City v Roar
Jamie Young was superb; that sums up the majority of the match, that is until makeshift striker Ritchie De Laet broke the deadlock early in the second half. The last part of the game, following Matt Mckay being substituted out of the game either coincidentally or due to a genius substitution by caretaker coach Darren Davies the Roar nearly took a point from the game. It was important to note that Henrique made an immediate effect off the bench playing as an impact player. The Roar showed good spirit late on and were unlucky to come away from the game with nothing.
City Game Changer: Ritchie De Laet
Roar Game Changer: Jamie Young
Saturday January 12th
Phoenix v Mariners
For the second week in a row the Mariners went into the half time break with a deserved lead on the scoreboard. Matt Simon opened the scoring for the visitors early on, with a well taken penalty. Andrew Hoole made the score 2-nil with a good finish near the midway point of the first half and that was how the score remained for the duration of the first half. Yet again the Mariners were down to 10 men due to a red card for a defender; on this occasion it was Kye Rowles early in the second half. Roy Krishna scored 2 penalties in the early part of the second half and then David Williams made the score 3-2 in favour of the Phoenix and that was how the score remained for the duration of the game.
Phoenix Game Changer: Roy Krishna
Mariners Game Changer: Matt Simon
Victory v Jets
The Jets played some of the best football of any team this Round in the A-League, but at the end of the day, none of it was in the final third, so it counted for nothing. The Jets controlled the tempo of the first half, but their dominance didn’t translate onto the scoreboard. Terry Antonis made the Jets pay early in the second half with a quality finish from outside the box. The Jets continued to miss chances in the second half, with Jair failing to convert a straight forward chance to score. Kaine Sheppard made the score 1-all in the latter part of the game, but James Troisi scored what proved to be the winner for the Victory late in the match.
Victory Game Changer: James Troisi
Jets Game Changer: Steven Ugarkovic
Sunday January 13th
Sky Blues v Reds
The Sky Blues controlled the first half of this contest with Siem de Jong opening the scoring with a sublime free kick. They were only ahead by 1 goal to nil at half time. Jacob Tratt made it 2-nil early in the second half. Then George Blackwood did his best to change the game, winning a penalty, that was converted by Craig Goodwin, which brought the Reds back into the contest. The Reds played reasonably well in the second half, but they failed to convert their chances into goals.
Sky Blues Game Changer: Andrew Redmayne
Reds Game Changer: George Blackwood
Glory v Wanderers
The Wanderers were 2-nil ahead thanks mainly to Kwame Yeboah starting. Tony Popovic was brave, making 2 of 3 substitutes at half time; that is indicative of Popovic as a manager; he takes risks. The Glory were victorious in the end, thanks to the substitutions made by Tony Popovic; the Glory continued to take until the end of the game, winning the game 4-3.
Glory Game Changer: Diego Castro
Wanderers Game Changer: Kwame Yeboah