A-League review – Round 8

Results from A-League Round 8 really tightened up the table with just two points separating first and seventh.

Results from A-League Round 8 really tightened up the table with just two points separating first and seventh.

Gold Coast United remain at the top of the table despite a third loss but are equal on 13 points with Perth Glory and Sydney FC.

Just behind them are Central Coast Mariners, Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory on 12 and Adelaide United are in seventh on 11 points.

Rounding out the table is Wellington Phoenix and Newcastle Jets on 8 points whilst North Queensland Fury are still rooted to the bottom on 6 points.

On Friday night, the Glory notched up their second away win on the trot by defeating Newcastle Jets 1-0.

Despite the Jets dominating most of the contest, the Glory held strong in defence and managed to score from a late penalty to Mile Sterjovski and move to 2nd on the table.

Newcastle Jets: 0
Perth Glory: 1 (Mile Sterjovski (p) ’81)
Venue: EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle
Crowd: 4,738
Yellow cards: New - Ben Kennedy ’80, Matt Thompson β€˜88
Per - nil

In the only match on Saturday, reigning champions Melbourne Victory overcame a ten-man Gold Coast United 3-2 at Skilled Park.

Victory skipper Kevin Muscat secured the win with an 86th minute penalty to inflict a second consecutive defeat on the previously high-flying United.

Gold Coast United: 2 (Jason Culina (p) ’18, Joel Porter ’44)
Melbourne Victory: 3 (Carlos Hernandez ’22, Archie Thompson ’43, Kevin Muscat (p) ’86)
Venue: Skilled Park, Gold Coast
Crowd: 5,063
Yellow cards: GCU - Steve Pantelidis ’69, Bas van den Brink β€˜85
Mel - Grant Brebner β€˜45
Red cards: GCU - Steve Fitzsimmons β€˜29

The first of the Sunday triple header saw Wellington Phoenix and Central Coast Mariners play out an entertaining 0-0 draw.

Both sides had plenty of chances but could not hit the back of the net as the Mariners remained in the top four after a brilliant start to the season.

Wellington Phoenix: 0
Central Coast Mariners: 0
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Crowd: 6,769
Yellow cards: Wel - Andrew Durante ’37, Manny Muscat ’42, Tim Brown β€˜71
CCM - Dylan Macallister ’65, Alex Wilkinson β€˜90+1

Brisbane Roar put a bad week behind them, managing to get all three points at home against Sydney FC who dropped to third.

A late Sergio van Dijk header separated the teams in a very attacking match that should have spawned many more goals than it did.

Brisbane Roar: 1 (Sergio van Dijk ’81)
Sydney FC: 0
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Crowd: 7,677
Yellow cards: Bri - Craig Moore ’43, David Dodd ’70, Charlie Miller β€˜77
Syd - Brendan Gan ’39, Shannon Cole ’76, Seb Ryall β€˜83

Finally, Adelaide United recorded an important away win against North Queensland Fury in very warm conditions.

The Fury dominated large parts of the match but were unable to beat Reds keeper Eugene Galekovic.

Two goals in the last half-hour to vice-captain Lucas Pantelis and teenager Mathew Leckie did the damage for the visitors.

North Queensland Fury: 0
Adelaide United: 2 (Lucas Pantelis ’60, Mathew Leckie β€˜90+1)
Venue: Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville
Crowd: 6,745
Yellow cards: NQF - Robbie Fowler ’50, Scott Wilson ’58, Jack Hingert β€˜79
Ade - Travis Dodd β€˜88

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