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My wrap-up of Round 9 of the A-League

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Roar Guru
8th December, 2019
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All the action from Round 9 summed up.

Melbourne City 0, Perth Glory 3
City were confident of making it back-to-back wins in the opening game of the round against the struggling Glory. It was the visitors who struck the first blow through former City striker Bruno Fornaroli, who headed home in the 27th minute with his side taking a 1-0 lead into the break.

Things then went from bad to worse as Harrison Delbridge scored an own goal in the 47th minute, doubling the Glory’s advantage. Tomislav Mrcela put the surprise result beyond doubt with his header courtesy of a Neil Kilkenny cross, putting his side 3-0 up and giving his team all three points, with the Glory now off the bottom of the table.

Player of the game: Tomislav Mrcela
Mrcela was a brick wall in defence for the Glory, and also pushed up forward to get on the scoresheet.

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Wellington Phoenix 2, Western Sydney Wanderers 1
The Phoenix hosted the Wanderers in search of their third consecutive win. Both sides failed to break the deadlock in the first half, but it wouldn’t take much time in the second to break the ice. Josh Sotirio scored for the home side in the 48th minute with a clever lob over Daniel Lopar.

The Wanderers responded through Nicolai Müller in the 64th minute after being the recipient of a clever through ball from Daniel Georgievski. At the death the Phoenix were awarded a penalty and Ulises Davila made no mistake from the spot, giving his side the victory in the 89th minute. The win puts Phoenix inside the top six.

Player of the game: Stefan Marinovic
Marinovic played his best game of the season, making important saves to ensure his side took all three points.

Sydney FC 5, Brisbane Roar 1
Sydney had taken maximum points from the last four games and were looking to continue that form when they hosted the Roar. It wouldn’t take long before the first goal was scored, the in-form Adam Le Fondre breaking the ice in the seventh minute. Milos Ninkovic was set up by Kosta Barbarouses for the second, putting the hosts 2-0 in front before the half-hour mark.

Kosta Barbarouses

(AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)

Barbarouses was involved again setting up Le Fondre’s second, putting the Sky Blues 3-0 up at the break. Trent Buhagiar joined in the fun, making it 4-0 in the 86th minute. Adam Le Fondre completing the hat trick in the 89th minute, putting his side 5-0 up. The Roar would score a consolation prize courtesy of a penalty in the 90th minute and will look to put this game behind them, suffering one of their heaviest defeats in club history.

Player of the game: Adam Le Fondre
He scored a hat trick to set the tone.

Western United 3, Melbourne Victory 1
United were keen on defeating their local rivals for the second time this season, but it was the Victory who scored first in the 14th minute through Andrew Nabbout. The home side would respond almost immediately through familiar face Besart Berisha. Panagiotis Kone reversed the deficit in the 24th minute, putting his side 2-1 up.

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Berisha bobbed up again before the break putting his side 3-1 ahead in the 43rd minute, the game looking over before half time. Both sides failed to add to their tallies in the second half with United winning their first game since Round 5.

Player of the game: Besart Berisha
Making a statement against his former side, Berisha ended his goalless drought with two goals.

Adelaide United 2, Newcastle Jets 1
United hosted the Jets hoping to make up for their home defeat against the Phoenix last week. They looked to make amends early, scoring the opening goal of the game in the 30th minute through George Blackwood after being set up by Al Hassan Toure. The Jets responded on the return from the half with Dimitri Petratos assisting for Matthew Millar in the 48th minute to level the scores at 1-1. James Troisi made something out of nothing to put the home side 2-1 ahead in the 83rd minute. United held on for the win, solidifying a spot inside the top six.

Player of the game: James Troisi
Troisi was an attacking threat all game for United, scoring the late winner to give his side all three points.