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A-League Round 14: The pecking order

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Roar Guru
6 days ago
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The teams were in the following order with Western United not considered as they were the team with the bye, meaning that the teams were ranked from first to tenth as follows:

1st: Perth Glory
2nd: Wellington Phoenix
3rd: Central Coast Mariners
4th: Melbourne City
5th: Sydney FC
6th: Brisbane Roar
7th: Newcastle Jets
8th: Melbourne Victory
9th: Adelaide United
10th: Western Sydney Wanderers

1st: Perth Glory
Perth Glory scored in the 25th minute against Adelaide United thanks to a clinical finish by Joel Chianese. After that point, the Glory played some good football. In the end, they had too much quality and the way they were coached was pivotal to them claiming a comfortable win.

2nd: Wellington Phoenix
Both goals that were scored by the Phoenix were scored at important times; Ulises Davila scored when the game was in the balance while Liberato Cacace assured that the Phoenix claimed all three points. Both goals could have stacked up anywhere in the world.

There wasn’t much for the Phoenix goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic to do as his team was well organised.

3rd: Central Coast Mariners
The Mariners showed great fight and determination in their win over Melbourne Victory. They were rewarded for the character they showed when Jordan Murray equalised just before half time.

Through pure will and tenacity the Mariners came back again, this time in stoppage time of the second half.

4th: Melbourne City
Melbourne City’s control of the tempo of the game was illustrated by their 62.4 per cent of possession. They finished the game with three times more shots than the Brisbane Roar; the only thing that was missing for City was the three points.

Their passing and cohesion were a joy to watch. They displayed great tenacity and character to equalise on two occasions.

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5th: Sydney FC
Sydney FC won a game against the bottom-placed Newcastle Jets without playing their best football. This game illustrates how close the A-League is and that there is little between the top and bottom team on the ladder.

Both goals that Sydney FC scored were well worked and that’s why they on top of the A-League, they are clinical in the final third and they also have a solid defence.

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6th: Brisbane Roar
The Brisbane Roar didn’t perform well for chunks of the game. At the end of the day they claimed a point against the second team on the A-League ladder, Melbourne City.

Macaulay Gillesphey, a Roar defender, prevented a goal being scored by City on two occasions. The Brisbane goalkeeper Jamie Young made some crucial saves, while at the other end of the pitch Bradden Inman scored two goals with some clinical finishing.

7th: Newcastle Jets
The Newcastle Jets played some good football against the league leaders but unfortunately, they leaked a couple of soft goals. The Jets displayed great spirit to keep the scoreboard a respectable 2-1.

At times, particularly in the second half, it could have been argued that the Jets outplayed Sydney FC, but at the end of the day they left the game empty-handed.

8th: Melbourne Victory
The only thing missing from the opening 20 minutes or so for the Victory was more goals. The Victory only led 1-nil at that stage of the game when it should have been much more. They were punished for not taking their chances with the score 1-all at halftime.

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The Mariners won the game at the very end thanks to the Victory’s failure to take their chances early.

9th: Adelaide United
Adelaide United started reasonably well as they controlled the balance of play and possession. From the moment Joel Chianese scored the opening goal of the game for Perth Glory there was only going to be one winner – the Glory. Adelaide United would be disappointed in how they played after they conceded the opening goal of the game.

10th: Western Sydney Wanderers
I have lost faith in the Western Sydney Wanderers following a deplorable display against the Wellington Phoenix in Round 14. They had little to offer in the final third and looked disjointed. When analysing the game in a nutshell there are tough times ahead for the Wanderers.