A-League review - Finals Week 1
The first week of the 2009/10 A-League finals series is complete with only four teams left standing. The action kicked off on Thursday night when the top two teams, Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC, met at Etihad Stadium.
The Sky Blues were coming off a solid 2-0 win the weekend before that landed them top spot and the Premiers' Plate whilst the Victory gave up their stranglehold on the coveted first-place finish on the final day of the regular season but the tables turned in the first leg of the major semi-final with the home side getting the job done, winning 2-1.
On Saturday night, Gold Coast United's good debut season came to an end when they were beaten on penalties by the Newcastle Jets after a scoreless draw and on Sunday, after the match ended 1-1 after extra time, Wellington Phoenix advanced to Week 2 after knocking Perth Glory out on penalties.
Melbourne Victory: 2 (Nik MRDJA 16', Carlos HERNANDEZ 40') Sydney FC: 1 (John ALOISI 42') Date: Thursday, 18 February 2010 Venue: Etihad Stadium, Melbourne Crowd: 18,453 Yellow cards:MV - Adrian LEIJER 46', Kevin MUSCAT 85' SYD - Simon COLOSIMO 26', Alex BROSQUE 37', Stuart MUSIALIK 61', Brendan GAN 76' Red cards:MV - Nik MRDJA 74'
Gold Coast United: 0 Newcastle Jets: 0 (Newcastle Jets win 6-5 on penalties) Date: Saturday, 20 February 2010 Venue: Skilled Park, Robina Crowd: 4,109 Yellow cards:GCU - Robson 27', Michael Thwaite 71' NJ - Mirjan Pavlovic 91+'
Wellington Phoenix: 1 (Chris GREENACRE 37') (Wellington Phoenix wins 4-2 on penalties) Perth Glory: 1 (Scott NEVILLE 67') Date: Sunday 21 February 2010 Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington Crowd: 24,278 Yellow cards:WP - Jon McKAIN 32'/104', Eugene DADI 118' PG - Wayne SRHOJ 21', Scott NEVILLE 41', Andy TODD 60', Jacob BURNS 72' Red cards:WP - Jon McKAIN 104'