Adelaide United assert authority on the A-League in Week 8

Last season’s wooden spooners Adelaide United asserted their authority on the A-League with another strong win on the weekend.

Last season’s wooden spooners Adelaide United asserted their authority on the A-League with another strong win on the weekend.

The Reds swept to their fifth win in eight matches when they defeated the Perth Glory 2-0 at Hindmarsh Stadium thanks to a Sergio van Dijk double, allowing them to go six points clear at the summit.

The inclusion of new Dutch coach Rini Coolen has so far proved to be a masterstroke move by the Adelaide board as they remain the only undefeated side in the competition ahead of Monday’s clash with bottom-placed club Sydney FC.

In other Week A-League news, Wellington Phoenix stretched their unbeaten run at Westpac Stadium to 23 matches when they defeated North Queensland Fury 2-1 on Friday night, whilst the Brisbane Roar recorded the biggest win of the season thus far when they demolished new club Melbourne Heart 4-0 at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

The other Saturday night game involved Newcastle Jets ansd Melbourne Victory who played out a scoreless draw and Sydney FC were held to a 1-1 draw by Gold Coast United on Sunday.

Wellington Phoenix: 2 (Chris Greenacre 3’, Leo Bertos 12’)
North Queensland Fury: 1 (Mark Hughes 67’)
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Friday, 24 September 2010
Referee: Peter O'Leary
Crowd: 7,212
Yellow cards: WP - Vince Lia 37’/65’, Leo Bertos 59’, Ben Sigmund 65’, Daniel 69’
NQF - Ufuk Talay 65’, Brett Studman 75’
Red card: WP - Vince Lia 65’

Adelaide United: 2 (Sergio Van Dijk 70’/73’(pen))
Perth Glory: 0
Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Friday, 24 September 2010
Referee: Matthew Breeze
Crowd: 13,310
Yellow cards: AU - Robert Cornthwaite 44’, Paul Reid 65’
PG - Jamie Coyne 38’/75’, Tando Velaphi 73'
Red card: PG - Jamie Coyne 75’

Brisbane Roar: 4 (Kosta Barbarouses 24’, Erik Paartalu 38’, Reinaldo 47’ (pen), Mitch Nichols 76’)
Melbourne Heart: 0
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Saturday, 25 September 2010
Referee: Chris Boyle
Crowd: 6,342
Yellow cards: BR - REINALDO 54’, Mitch NICHOLS 76’, Shane STEFANUTTO 89’
MH - Dean HEFFERNAN 47’, 54’, Alex TERRA 79’, Josip SKOKO 81’
Red card: MH - Dean HEFFERNAN 54’

Newcastle Jets: 0
Melbourne Victory: 0
EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle
Saturday, 25 September 2010
Referee: Chris Beath
Crowd: 8,652

Yellow cards NJ - Ruben ZADKOVICH 42’
MV - Surat Sukha 18’, Robbie KRUSE 35’, Billy CELESKI 79’

Sydney FC: 1 (Bruno Cazarine 20’)
Gold Coast United: 1 (Bruce Djite 45’)
Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Sunday, 26 September 2010
Referee: Ben Williams
Crowd: 9,977
Yellow cards SYD - Alex Brosque 36’, Shannon Cole 45’
GCU - Kristian Rees 32’, Michael Thwaite 65’
Red card: GCU - John Curtis 68’

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