A-League Round 14 My Review
Round 14 was an interesting Round of football at times with 3 out of the 5 games played draws, but to be brutally honest it was fairly monotonous some of the time; that was until the game between the Victory and the Phoenix where there was plenty of goals and attacking football! It’s understandable that the players in the A-League were tired this Round as the games have been coming thick and fast! The Wanderers were unlucky yet again, while the Jets were forced to play with 10 men. Despite there being a scoreless draw between City and the Glory and the players being fatigued due to the hectic schedule of games in January, there were still lots of talking points! Find out what they were!
Friday January 18th
Wanderers v Reds
The Reds may have won, but the Wanderers deserved to win this game. Even Marco Kurz admitted that the Reds weren’t at their best. There was an off side that wasn’t given, that clearly appeared to be an off side that led to a goal for the Reds, to Craig Goodwin, but VAR didn’t overturn the decision. Craig Goodwin finished with a goal and an assist, while Roly Bonevacia scored a sublime free kick for the Wanderers. There was 1 injury for either team, both for strikers; for the Wanderers, Kwame Yeaboah and for the Reds, George Blackwood. For the Reds Michael Jakobsen is suspended due to an accumulation of yellow cards, the last of which was given in Round 14.
Wanderers Game Changer: Roly Bonevacia
Reds Game Changer: Craig Goodwin
Saturday January 19th
Sky Blues v Jets
The Sky Blues controlled the tempo of the game, dominating the possession and having 6 shots on target to the Jets 1. It was a same old story for the Jets, with no end product and no danger to the opposition in the final 3rd, in fact the Jets should have lost by more than 1 goal, but thankfully goal keeper Glen Moss was on top form. The Jets conceded due to an own goal by captain Nigel Boogaard. Jason Hoffman was sent off for the Jets, which caused a bit of contentiousness, but at the end of the day the Jets need to improve if they are to be any hope of making the finals.
Sky Blues Game Changer: Brandon O’Neill
Jets Game Changer: Glen Moss
City v Glory
This was a fairly monotonous game, no goals were scored, with just 2 shots on target, both of which were for the Glory. There wasn’t much to report on in this game.
City Game Changer: Harrison Delbridge
Glory Game Changer: Jason Davidson
Sunday January 20th
Victory v Phoenix
The best game of Round 14 in terms of entertainment value; was probably a no brainer given that there were 6 goals scored 3 to each team. The Phoenix should have won the game as they were winning 3-1 at half time, but credit to the Victory for fighting back to snatch a draw and a point in a game that appeared to be all but over at half time. The Phoenix would have mixed emotions as they put in a good effort away to the Victory to snatch a point, but should have claimed all 3 points.
Victory Game Changer: Kosta Barbarouses
Phoenix Game Changer: Roy Krishna
Mariners v Roar
The Mariners dominated this game, but weren’t clinical enough in the final 3rd. Once again Jamie Young was outstanding for the Roar. The Roar can consider themselves lucky to get a point in a game which they were completely outplayed in.
Mariners Game Changer: Tom Hiarej
Roar Game Changer: Jamie Young