All the action from Round 13 of the A-League summed up.
Brisbane Roar 2-1 Western Sydney Wanderers
Both the Roar and Wanderers were looking to start 2020 the right way, and it was the home side who struck first.
Nicolai Müller found Mitchell Duke for the first goal in the fifth minute. The Roar would respond in style, James O’Shea finding Scott Neville who headed home after being left unmarked in 21st minute.
Both sides went into the break level at 1-1 and it was the Roar who scored after the return of the half. Mirza Muratovic linking up with Brad Inman in the 61st minute, capitalising on the extra man advantage while Patrick Ziegler was on the touchline with the medical staff after copping a knock.
The Roar holding on for an unlikely victory and starting off the new decade the right way.
Player of the game – James O’Shea: boss in midfield, also played a major role in setting up his side’s first goal.
Melbourne City 3-2 Western United
City were keen to reverse their bad run of form as they took on local rivals United. Jamie Maclaren regained his touch in front of goal, scrambling the ball over the line for the opening goal in the fifth minute.
Craig Noone’s pass was centimetre perfect, finding Adrian Luna all alone inside the box, who went on to put City 2-0 ahead in the 36th minute.
Things would go from bad to worse for United, as Filip Kurto rushed too far up the ground, leaving Maclaren to scramble and score into an open net on the verge of halftime. United were awarded a penalty, and Berisha stepped up from the spot in the 75th minute to give United life.
Minutes later United were awarded a second penalty with Harrison Delbridge being sent off via VAR for his challenge. Alessandro Diamanti this time stepping up from the spot, pegging the deficit to just one goal. It wasn’t enough and City held on to claim all three points.
PLAYER OF THE GAME – Jamie Maclaren: Scored two goals, one being the opener and the other being the sealer to ensure his side took all three points.
Wellington Phoenix 2-1 Central Coast Mariners
The Phoenix were having a season renaissance in recent weeks, going the last five games unbeaten. And their unbeaten record looked set to continue early on, Tim Payne setting up Gary Hooper for the opening goal in the 13th minute.
David Ball then dazzled pass defenders before firing home for the Phoenix’s second goal in the 29th minute. Replays later showing Ulises Davila took a touch for the goal, and hence the goal was claimed as his. Jack Clisby cross into the box didn’t find a teammate but had a just as favourable result.
Luke DeVere scoring an own goal on the stroke of halftime. The scores were 2-1 at halftime and its how the game would stay, the Phoenix keeping their undefeated streak running.
PLAYER OF THE GAME – Ulises Davila: was a maestro on the field once again and scored a lucky goal to help secure all three points for his side.
Sydney FC 2-1 Adelaide United
Sydney FC hadn’t lost since round three and were confident in keeping their winning ways when they hosted United.
Sydney got off to a bright start, Paolo Retre scoring the opening goal in the 20th minute. He’d go on to score a brace minutes later, Kosta Barbarouses setting Retre up for his second goal in the 26th minute.
United were awarded a freekick and James Troisi would find Riley McGree, pegging a goal back for United in the 38th minute.
Neither side would add to their goals tally and Sydney keep their undefeated streak going.
PLAYER OF THE GAME – Paolo Retre: Bossed in the midfield for his side, as well as going forward as scoring twice.
Melbourne Victory 4-0 Newcastle Jets
A win was crucial for both sides. Victory win they’d regain touch with the top six, Jets win they get off the bottom of the table.
It was the Victory who struck first through Robbie Kruse, Glen Moss’ save not enough to deny the opener in the 9th minute. Migjen Basha would score on his birthday to double the advantage for the Victory in the 61st minute, then Andrew Nabbout bobbed up for his first goal minutes later in the 64th minute to seal the game for the Victory.
Things only got worse for the Jets with Matthew Millar scoring an own goal in the 86th minute. A dominant 4-0 display by the Victory puts them only one goal outside of the top six.
PLAYER OF THE GAME – Robbie Kruse: Set up a lot of the attacking play for his side as well as setting the tone early in the game with the opening goal.