A-League wrap – Round 4

Another round of A-League matches and another round of interesting results, including Gold Coast United copping their first loss.

Another round of A-League matches and another round of interesting results, including Gold Coast United copping their first loss.

Round 4 kicked off on Friday evening with a double-header – the first match being Adelaide United versus North Queensland Fury at Hindmarsh Stadium.

The final result was a 3-3 draw in what will surely prove to be one of the best contests of the season.

Fury marquee player netted his first goal from field play, sending home a cracking right-foot volley which will definitely be a contender for goal of the year, before five more goals were scored including an injury time penalty to deny the Fury their maiden A-League win.

Adelaide United: 3 (Lucas Pantelis β€˜23, β€˜90+3 pen, Lloyd Owusu β€˜33)
North Queensland Fury: 3 (Robbie Fowler β€˜5, Dyron Daal β€˜83, Daniel McBreen ’87)

Venue: Hindmarsh Stadium
Crowd: 10,773
Referee: Peter Green
Yellow cards: Adel - nil
NQF - nil

In the second of the Friday night matches, a resurgent Perth Glory accounted for reigning champions Melbourne Victory with Branko Jelic scoring a second half goal to complete his brace and guide his team to a 2-1 win.

The Glory have now notched up two wins on the trot, albeit both at home, whilst the Victory have just four points from the opening four rounds.

Perth Glory: 2 (Branko Jelic β€˜4, ’54)
Melbourne Victory: (Archie Thompson β€˜9)

Venue: Members Equity Stadium
Crowd: 8,057
Referee: Chris Beath
Yellow cards: Per - Jacob Burns β€˜42, Chris Coyne ’51, Victor Sikora β€˜62
Mel - Leigh Broxham β€˜23, Surat Sukha β€˜23, Carlos Hernandez β€˜69, Adrian Leijer β€˜70

On Saturday, the Brisbane Roar finally recorded their first win of the season after being in winning positions in both Rounds 2 and 3.

Skipper Craig Moore scored the only goal in the victory over Central Coast Mariners who have failed to win since their opening day triumph in Melbourne.

Brisbane Roar: 1 (Craig Moore β€˜11)
Central Coast Mariners: 0

Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Crowd: 6,433
Referee: Ben Williams
Yellow cards: Bri - David Dodd β€˜53, Bob Malcolm β€˜81
CCM - nil

Sunday begun with arguably the biggest upset of the season to date – Newcastle Jets defeating Gold Coast United.

The Jets, led by coach Branko Culina overcame the previously undefeated United with Jason Culina marshalling the midfield 1-0 at EnergyAustralia Stadium, denting the new club’s chance of going through the season without suffering a loss.

Newcastle Jets: 1 (Sean Rooney β€˜40)
Gold Coast United: 0

Venue: EnergyAustralia Stadium
Crowd: 6,390
Referee: Matthew Breeze
Yellow cards: New - Ljubo Milicevic β€˜38
GCU - Adama Traore ’51, Michael Thwaite β€˜88

And to round it off, Sydney FC jumped to the top of the table with a patient 2-0 victory over the Wellington Phoenix.

Sydney FC: 2 (Brendan Gan β€˜77, John Aloisi ’81)
Wellington Phoenix: 0

Venue: Sydney Football Stadium
Crowd: 11,718
Referee: Strebre Delovski
Yellow cards: Syd - nil
Wel - Paul Ifill β€˜21

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