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.

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 ‘23, ‘90+3 pen, Lloyd Owusu ‘33)
North Queensland Fury: 3 (Robbie Fowler ‘5, Dyron Daal ‘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 ‘4, ’54)
Melbourne Victory: (Archie Thompson ‘9)

Venue: Members Equity Stadium
Crowd: 8,057
Referee: Chris Beath
Yellow cards: Per - Jacob Burns ‘42, Chris Coyne ’51, Victor Sikora ‘62
Mel - Leigh Broxham ‘23, Surat Sukha ‘23, Carlos Hernandez ‘69, Adrian Leijer ‘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 ‘11)
Central Coast Mariners: 0

Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Crowd: 6,433
Referee: Ben Williams
Yellow cards: Bri - David Dodd ‘53, Bob Malcolm ‘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 ‘40)
Gold Coast United: 0

Venue: EnergyAustralia Stadium
Crowd: 6,390
Referee: Matthew Breeze
Yellow cards: New - Ljubo Milicevic ‘38
GCU - Adama Traore ’51, Michael Thwaite ‘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 ‘77, John Aloisi ’81)
Wellington Phoenix: 0

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

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