A-League Round 17 My Review
This is the best Round of football in the A-League in my memory, at least from an entertainment point of view; This Round is the benchmark for the A-League if it’s to attract more fans at the games and viewers on the television. There was a total of 23 goals in the 5 matches that were played, which is an average of 4.6 goals per game, which is a fair indication that plenty of exciting football to watch for the fans as well as the neutrals.
Friday February 1st
Wanderers v Jets
Both teams needed a win to keep their finals chances alive. The Jets started well with Dimitri Petratos scoring a superb goal early on. From there on in it was all the Jets apart from the end part of the second half. The Jets ended up winning the game 5-1 thanks to some lackadaisical defending from the Wanderers. Substitute Mitch Duke was the best player for the Wanderers; that says it all, as he played a small portion of the game, coming off the bench.
Wanderers Game Changer: Mitch Duke
Jets Game Changer: Dimi Petratos
Saturday February 2nd
Mariners v Victory
It was the same old story for the Mariners; once again they took the lead in the first half and threw away a lead. Andrew Hoole was outstanding; Hoole scored a brilliant brace in the 1st half. The Mariners managed to lose the game 3-2, despite leading 2-nil at half time.
Mariners Game Changer: Andrew Hoole
Victory Game Changer: Kosta Barbarouses
Reds v Roar
The Roar were fantastic in the 1st half going into the break with a 3-nil lead. Somehow, the Reds fought back and won the game 4-3. The Reds finished the game with 10 men, while the Roar ended the game with 9 players. Marco Kurz made 2 changes at half time, which changed the game and gave the Reds what looked like an improbable win at half time.
Reds Game Changer: Mirko Boland
Roar Game Changer: Henrique
Glory v Phoenix
Tony Popovic outcoached Mark Rudan in this game; the Glory controlled the game from start to finish to win the game 3-nil. Tony Popovic is a genius!
Glory Game Changer: Chris Ikonomidis
Phoenix Game Changer: No one
Sunday February 3rd
Sky Blues v City
This game was extremely monotonous apart from the heroics of Sky Blues goal keeper Andrew Redmayne who saved another penalty! The Sky Blues ran out 2-nil winners to mean that they are 3rd on the table as it stands.
Sky Blues Game Changer: Andrew Redmayne
City Game Changer: No one