A-League review – Round 17

A-League Round 17 kicked off on Friday night with a double header that featured a thrilling 1-1 draw between Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne Victory.

A-League Round 17 kicked off on Friday night with a double header that featured a thrilling 1-1 draw between Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne Victory.

The reigning champions were reduced to ten men when Nicky Ward was sent off for a second bookable offence and they then conceded when vice-captain Tim Brown scored just prior to the hour-mark but they fought back gallantly to grab a late equaliser through centre-half Rodrigo Vargas.

In Adelaide on the same night, the Reds’ season went from bad to worse when they went down 2-0 to the Newcastle Jets.

Sydney FC returned to form on Saturday with a free-flowing exhibition of football that netted them a 4-1 win over North Queensland Fury with Alex Brosque in fine form, scoring two goals.

Saturday night also saw a dramatic clash between Gold Coast United and the Central Coast Mariners where United came from a goal down to record a stirring 2-1 win at home.

And on Sunday, Perth Glory were held to a 1-1 home draw by the Brisbane Roar who conceded a late goal to miss an opportunity to take all three points.

Wellington Phoenix: 1 (Tim Brown β€˜57)
Melbourne Victory: 1 (Rodrigo Vargas β€˜86)
Venue: Westpac Stadium
Crowd: 8,200
Yellow cards: WP - Vince Lia β€˜6, Paul Ifill β€˜75, Andrew Durante β€˜90+2
MV - Matthew Kemp β€˜29
Red cards - MV - Nicky Ward β€˜39

Adelaide United: 0
Newcastle Jets: 2 (Matt Thompson β€˜45+1, Jin-Hyung Song (p) β€˜80)
Venue: Hindmarsh Stadium
Crowd: 8,502
Yellow cards: AU - Iain Fyfe β€˜33, Adam Hughes β€˜73
NJ - Fabio Vignaroli ’40, Jobe Wheelhouse β€˜86

Sydney FC: 4 (John Aloisi β€˜14, Alex Brosque β€˜19, β€˜55, Steve Corica β€˜62)
North Queensland Fury: 1 (Rostyn Griffiths β€˜58)
Venue: Sydney Football Stadium
Crowd: 11,871
Yellow cards: SYD - Simon Colosimo β€˜66
NQF - Rostyn Griffiths β€˜19, Matt Smith β€˜54

Gold Coast United: 2 (Shane Smeltz β€˜66, Andrew Barisic β€˜76)
Central Coast Mariners: 1 (Matt Simon β€˜39)
Venue: Skilled Park
Crowd: 4,117
Yellow cards: GCU - Kristian Rees β€˜74, Jason Culina β€˜86
CCM - Dean Heffernan β€˜40

Perth Glory: 1 (Jamie Harnwell β€˜78)
Brisbane Roar: 1 (Luke DeVere β€˜52)
Venue: Members Equity Stadium
Crowd: 7,217
Yellow cards: PG - Scott Neville β€˜90+3
BR - Michael Zullo β€˜88

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