Here is all the action summed up from Round 7 of the 2019-20 season.
Melbourne City 3-2 Western Sydney Wanderers
Western Sydney Wanderers played Melbourne City in the hope of keeping their undefeated home streak alive. And it didn’t take long for the Wanderers to strike, Bruce Kamau teeing up Kwame Yeboah for the opening two minutes in.
Ten minutes into the second half Wanderers midfielder, Pirmin Schwegler was ruled to have pushed Denis Genreau inside the box. Jamie Maclaren stepped up from the spot to level the scores in the 55th minute. Maclaren would be involved again, this time with the assist squaring up Josh Brillante for the easy tap in to give the visitors the leader in 73rd minute.
Yeboah responded for the Wanderers with his brace, levelling the scores in the 80th minute. With the game tied in stoppage time the game needed a hero and Maclaren stepped up scoring his second goal in the 91st minute to secure all three points for Melbourne City as they consolidated top spot on the ladder.
Player of the game: Jamie Maclaren
He was heavily involved in the offence for City by scoring two and setting up one while guiding his side to victory on the road.
Wellington Phoenix 2-1 Brisbane Roar
Going the first six games of the season without of a win, Wellington Phoenix were under pressure to perform against the Brisbane Roar. The home side took a shock lead through a captain’s goal by Steven Taylor, heading home in the tenth minute from a Ulises Davila cross.
In the opening minutes of the second half, Davila doubled the Phoenix’s advantage, his shot from outside the box flying past Max Crocombe in the 49th minute. Bradden Inman set up Stefan Mauk’s late consolation goal in the 85th minute giving the Roar hope, but it wasn’t to be with the Phoenix holding on for the first win of the season.
Player of the game: Ulises Davila
He has been a revelation in his side’s disappointing season, and his performance was no different this week scoring one and setting up the opener.
Adelaide United 3-1 Melbourne Victory
Melbourne Victory travelled to Adelaide to buck their losing streak, but it was the home side who struck first. Riley McGree finished a Fardal Opseth shot which hit the post in the 23rd minute. With Victory on the back foot for most of the match, Victory surprisingly levelled the scores through Ola Toivonen sending a thunderous strike in the 61st minute.
Immediately United went ahead with Migjen Basha’s own goal giving the hosts the lead in the 62nd minute. Riley McGree dribbled past the Victory defence and finished in the 68th minute to seal the game. The win took Adelaide up to third on the table.
Player of the game: Riley McGree
The money spent on the transfer fee to get him over paid for itself tonight. His two goals and involvement in attack helped his side in getting the three points.
Sydney FC 3-1 Perth Glory
Perth Glory took on Sydney FC seeking redemption after their grand final loss but instead got off to the worst possible start with Diego Castro giving away a penalty. Adam Le Fondre converted from the spot to give the visitors the lead in the 12th minute.
The Glory would respond through Bruno Fornaroli in the closing minutes of the first half (44th minute). Dino Djulbic’s own goal restored the lead for the visitors in the 58th minute, and the game was then killed off by Milos Ninkovic who scored in the 65th minute, finishing off a clever pass by Rhyan Grant.
The 3-1 away victory for Sydney FC kept them in the top two on the ladder.
Player of the game: Adam Le Fondre
He scored the opening goal to get Sydney FC going and was a presence in attack.
Central Coast Mariners 1–0 Western United FC
Central Coast Mariners took on Western United in the hope of getting their season back on track. United dominated the early going, but it was the Mariners who struck first.
Giancarlo Gallifuoco tried front range and would come up trumps as his shot took a deflection into the net, opening the scoring in the 49th minute. The Mariners held on for their second win of the season taking them into the top six.
Player of the game: Giancarlo Gallifuoco
He bossed the midfield for the Mariners, scoring the goal which put his side in front and his pass completion of 88 per cent (30/34 passes) displays a dominant performance in midfield.