A-League Round 20 My Review
This Round started off with some excitement with a high scoring battle between the bottom 2 teams in the league; the Mariners and the Roar. The last goal of the Round meant that the weekend of football will be somewhat memorable, despite not being the most exciting of weekends with the result of the final game being decided at the very end of the contest.
Friday February 22nd
Mariners v Roar
What an entertaining game of football! There was a total of 8 goals in 1 game of football. On paper this was the most boring game of the Round as both teams are languishing on the bottom 2 places on the ladder, but that isn’t what transpired, what occurred was 2 teams attacking and not worrying about the consequences from a defensive perspective. Credit to both teams for playing a thoroughly enjoyable game to watch from the perspective of a neutral spectator. The final score was 5-3 in favour of the Roar.
Mariners Game Changer: Connor Pain
Roar Game Changer: Alex Lopez
Saturday February 23rd
Phoenix v Sky Blues
This game looked like it would be a descent contest on paper, but what transpired was a fairly monotonous contest which the Sky Blues narrowly won 1-nil thanks to a penalty scored by Adam Le Fondre. To be fair there was just over 5000 fans in the crowd , which meant that the game lacked atmosphere, but having said that the players are professionals and they should rise above that.
Phoenix Game Changer: Liberato Cacace
Sky Blues Game Changer: Alex Wilkinson
Victory v City
The Melbourne Derby is always an interesting game to watch and this game was an exception to some extent with both teams having just 1 shot on target and managing to score 1 goal each. City should have won the game as Victory were forced to play with 10 men for the majority of the contest, but it appeared as if it was 11 v 11 for the majority of the game as Victory defended resolutely and Jamie Maclaren was often isolated in the final 3rd.
Victory Game Changer: Kosta Barbarouses
Sunday February 24th
Jets v Reds
This game lacked excitement; there was no end product from either team and no quality in the final 3rd, consequently the game ended nil-nil.
Jets Game Changer: Nikolai Topor-Stanley
Reds Game Changer: Ryan Strain
Wanderers v Glory
This was a game which wasn’t entertaining on the whole, yet the final moments of the game was the part of the game was the most exciting where Tarek Elrich scored a stunning equalizer.
Wanderers Game Changer: Tarek Elrich
Glory Game Changer: Chris Ikonomidis