A-League finals review – Week 1

Week 1 of the Hyundai A-League 2010 Finals Series continues this weekend when, on Saturday at Skilled Park, Gold Coast United take on the Newcastle Jets in a battle that pits father against son and a

Week 1 of the Hyundai A-League 2010 Finals Series continues this weekend when, on Saturday at Skilled Park, Gold Coast United take on the Newcastle Jets in a battle that pits father against son and a chance to continue the Hyundai A-League 2010 Finals Series journey.

On Sunday Wellington Phoenix face Perth Glory in the longest road trip in world club football when the two Hyundai A-League Finals Series debutants meet for the fourth and most important time this season. Wellington Phoenix will be out to prove they have what it takes to make a run for the finals but they face a determined and experienced Perth Glory side desperate to prove their credentials.

In the knockout phase of the Hyundai A-League 2010 Finals Series only two teams will survive from this weekend’s matches. The winners to go on to face each other in a match to decide who plays the loser from the two-legged play-off between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory.

Gold Coast United v Newcastle Jets
Date: Saturday 20 February 2010
Venue: Skilled Park, Robina
Local Kick-Off: 7.00pm local (8.00pm AEDT)
Referee: Matthew Breeze

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1HD & 1 and Sky Sport 2. To purchase tickets visit www.ticketek.com.au

Gold Coast United Squad: 1.Jess VANSTRATTAN (gk), 3.Michael THWAITE, 5.ROBSON, 7.Zenon CARAVELLA, 8.ANDERSON, 9.Shane SMELTZ, 10.Jason CULINA (c), 11.Charlie MILLER, 13.Bas VAN DEN BRINK, 14.Joel PORTER, 16.Kristian REES, 17.Matt OSMAN, 18.James BROWN, 19.Andrew BARISIC, 20.Scott HIGGINS (gk), 23.Steve FITZSIMMONS, 36.Dino DJULBIC, *one to be omitted*
In: Andrew BARISIC (promoted), Steve FITZSIMMONS (promoted)
Out: Nil
Unavailable Steve PANTELIDIS (suspended – 3 games), Tahj MINNIECON (hip injury – 1 week), Adama TRAORE (ankle injury – season), Daniel PIORKOWSKI (ankle injury – season)

Newcastle Jets squad: 1 Ben KENNEDY (gk), 2.Angelo COSTANZO, 3.Adam D’APUZZO, 4.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 5.Ljubo MILICEVIC, 6.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 7.Jin-Hyung SONG, 8.Matt THOMPSON (c), 9.Sasho PETROVSKI, 11.Tarek ELRICH, 12.Jobe WHEELHOUSE, 15.Sean ROONEY, 16.Jason HOFFMAN, 22.Kaz PATAFTA, 25.Labinot HALITI, 26.Ali ABBAS, 29.Mirjan PAVLOVIC, 30.Dion SHAW (gk), *two to be omitted*
In: Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY (returns from injury), Jin-Hyung SONG (returns from injury), Jobe WHEELHOUSE (returns from injury), Sean ROONEY (returns from injury), Labinot HALITI (returns from suspension)
Out: Michael BRIDGES (Quadriceps – 6 weeks)
Unavailable: Shaun ONTONG (Achilles – indefinite), Fabio VIGNAROLI (knee – indefinite), Marko JESIC (knee – indefinite), Neil YOUNG (gk) (face – 1-2 weeks)

Wellington Phoenix v Perth Glory
Date: Sunday 21 February 2010
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Local Kick-Off: 5.00pm (3.00pm AEDT)
Referee: Strebre Delovski

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports wwww, 1 HD and Sky Sport 2. Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is The Radio Network 1035 AM (Wellington) and 6PR (Perth) 882AM. To purchase tickets visit www.ticketek.co.nz

Wellington Phoenix squad: 2. Manny MUSCAT, 3. Tony LOCHHEAD, 4. Jon McKAIN, 5. DIEGO, 6. Tim BROWN, 7. Leo BERTOS, 8. Paul IFILL, 9. Chris GREENACRE, 11. DANIEL, 13. Troy HEARFIELD, 14. Adrian CACERES, 15. Eugene DADI, 17. Vince LIA, 18. Ben SIGMUND, 20. Reece CROWTHER (gk), 22. Andrew DURANTE (c), 40. Liam REDDY (gk), *one to be omitted*
In: DIEGO (promoted), Ben SIGMUND (promoted)
Out: Nil
Unavailable: Mark PASTON (gk) (leg – season)

Perth Glory Squad: 1.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 2.Danny MCBREEN, 3.Jamie COYNE, 4.Andy TODD, 5.Jamie HARNWELL, 6.Chris COYNE, 7. Jacob BURNS, 9. Tommy AMPHLETT.
10. Wayne SRHOJ, 11. Branko JELIC, 12.Scott NEVILLE, 13.Scott BULLOCH, 14. Steven McGARRY, 16.Adriano PELLEGRINO, 17.Todd HOWARTH, 19.Naum SEKULOVSKI, 20.Aleks VRTESKI (gk), 21.Mile STERJOVSKI, 23.Andrija JUKIC, *three to be omitted*
In: Chris COYNE (returns from corked thigh), Jacob BURNS (returns from hamstring injury), Branko JELIC (promoted), Mile Sterjovski (return from back injury)
Out: Nil
Unavailable: Viktor SIKORA (Thigh – 2 weeks)

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