Newcastle picked up a 2-0 win over Sheffield – thanks to a bizarre moment in the second half.
After weeks of fan unrest, the A-League has today finally unveiled the schedule for the upcoming 2019-20 season, kicking off on Friday, October 11.
Clubs will play 26 matches and enjoy three byes over the 29-round regular season, with finals to begin on Friday, May 1 and the grand final to be played on either Saturday, May 16 or Sunday, May 17.
Adelaide United and Sydney FC will clash at Coopers Stadium in the season-opening game, with a Melbourne derby scheduled for the following night at Marvel Stadium. Western Sydney will play their first A-League game at Bankwest Stadium earlier on Saturday.
Western United begin their A-League existence away to Wellington Phoenix on Sunday afternoon, before Perth Glory close out the round with a home game against Brisbane Roar.
The Melbourne Derby in Round 1 will be followed up by an F3 Derby on Round 2 and a Sydney Derby in Round 3.
The first grand final rematch will be Round 7, when Perth host Sydney at HBF Park on Saturday, November 23.
One big change to this year’s fixture is earlier kick-off times across the board, which FFA Head of Leagues Greg O’Rourke said was “to encourage better fan engagement across the league.”
The new season will also have no break during FIFA International dates, while also having no split rounds.
As far as games outside home cities go, Wellington will take two games to Auckland, Brisbane will play three games at Redcliffe’s Dolphin Stadium and Western United will play at Ballarat’s Mars Stadium three times as well.
All times AEDT
Friday, October 11: Adelaide United vs Sydney FC, 7:30pm, Coopers Stadium
Saturday, October 12: Western Sydney Wanderers vs Central Coast Mariners, 5:15pm, Bankwest Stadium
Saturday, October 12: Melbourne Victory vs Melbourne City, 7:30pm, Marvel Stadium
Sunday, October 13: Wellington Phoenix vs Western United, 4:00pm, Westpac Stadium
Sunday, October 13: Perth Glory vs Brisbane Roar, 6:00pm, HBF Park
Bye: Newcastle Jets