A-League review – Round 2

Round 2 of A-League action provided us with the third 3-3 draw of the season when Gold Coast United scored late to deny the Wellington Phoenix.

In an amazing contest, the Phoenix led 3-1 before Shane Smeltz and Jason Culina hit back for United to grab a vital point on the road.

In other matches, Melbourne Heart recorded their first A-League point with a 1-1 draw against the Newcastle Jets thanks to a Ben Kantarovski own goal. The Jets hit the front when Jeremy Brockie netted his first goal for the club but luckily for the Heart, they had some good fortune and managed to get off the mark.

On Saturday, North Queensland Fury stunned reigning champions Sydney FC with a 2-1 win after Dyron Daal hit a late winner. Chris Grossman had earlier given the Fury the lead before Scott Jamieson opened his Sky Blues account just a minute before Daal clinched the winner.

Perth Glory came to Melbourne and meant business against the Victory, winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Jamie Harnwell and Mile Sterjovski. It was the first time the Glory had beaten the Victory away from home.

And on Sunday, Adelaide United held Central Coast Mariners to a 1-1 draw. Even though the Reds scored first, they were under enormous pressure and finally conceded to Matt Simon with just six minutes remaining.

Wellington Phoenix: 3 (Paul IFILL 6’, Chris GREENACRE 37’/55’)
Gold Coast United: 3 (Shane SMELTZ 36’/74’, Jason CULINA 86’)
Friday, 13 August, 2010
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Crowd: 8,398

Newcastle Jets: 1 (Jeremy BROCKIE 60’)
Melbourne Heart: 1 (Ben KANTAROVSKI 79’ (OG))
Friday, 13 August, 2010
EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle
Crowd: 8,735

North Queensland Fury: 2 (Chris GROSSMAN 64’, Dyron DAAL 83’)
Sydney FC: 1 (Scott JAMIESON 82’)
Saturday, 14 August, 2010
Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville
Crowd: 5,177

Melbourne Victory: 0
Perth Glory: 2 (Jamie HARNWELL 23’, Mile STERJOVSKI 49’)
Saturday, 14 August, 2010
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Crowd: 20,358

Central Coast Mariners: 1 (Matt SIMON 84’)
Adelaide United: 1 (Iain FYFE 45’+1)
Sunday, 15 August 2010
Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford
Crowd: 8,447

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