(Week 1 of the A-League 2019/20 Restart- Review)- Facts and Figures
Goals Scored: 6 goals= 2 goals per game!
Clean Sheets: 2 out of 6 teams, which equates to 33.33%!
Teams that Scored: 4 teams scored a total of 6 goals, which equates to 1.5 goals per team.
Draws: There were no draws in 3 games.
A-League Restart- Week 1 (In a Nutshell): There was some good football played in 2 of the 3 games; the Friday night and Sunday night games are positive signs for the future of Australian football!
Friday Night Game
Sydney FC (3) v Wellington Phoenix (1)
Sky Blues Show Their Class
Facts and Figures: The intensity that the game was played at was of a high standard. Trent Buhagiar scored a brace to make it 3-1.
Pivotal Moments: Stefan Marinovic did brilliantly to save a long shot from Luke Brattan in the 15th minute. Rene Piscopo took a superb penalty to make it 1-nil in Wellington’s favour. Adam le Fondre made it 1-all with a penalty for Sydney FC.
Sydney FC Game Changer: Trent Buhagiar
Wellington Phoenix Game Changer: Liberato Cacace
Saturday Evening Game
Perth Glory (1) v Central Coast Mariners (0)
Glory Grab 3 Points, Just!
Facts and Figures: The game was a slow tempo from both teams early in the game. The Perth Glory controlled the balance of play early on. Both of Tony Popovic’s sons were in the Perth Glory starting line up. Jordan Murray got injured. Neil Kilkenny and Mark Birghitti were the respective Captains.
Pivotal Moment: Dane Ingham scored a fantastic goal to break the deadlock in the 32nd minute.
Perth Glory Game Changer: Neil Kilkenny
Central Coast Mariners Game Changer: Mark Birighitti
Sunday Night Game
Brisbane Roar (0) v Adelaide United (1)
Reds Survive and Claim 3 Points!
Facts and Figures: The game was played at a high tempo. The game ebbed and flowed as far as the balance of play was concerned.
Pivotal Moments: Ryan Strain provided an exquisite cross that Kristian Opseth headered into the goal in the 6th minute. Jay O’Shea had a freekick well saved by Paul Izzo in the 40th minute. Tom Aldred missed an opportunity to score in the 78th minute.
Brisbane Roar Changer: Corey Brown
Adelaide United Game Changers: Paul Izzo, Ryan Strain