Archie Thompson scored an extraordinarily late winner to cap off a thrilling finale in the Melbourne Derby.
Newcastle’s record of only winning when Emile Heskey scores continued in a 2-1 win.
Dani Sanchez equalised late to give the home side an unexpected point.
Steven McGarry’s wonder strike was enough to separate last season’s grand finalists.
The Wanderers scored six in an extraordinary night for the A-League newcomers.
Both Melbourne teams have experienced fluctuating seasons, but it is the away side that are the more settled heading into Saturday’s derby. They have a predictable starting XI and a very defined way of playing, meaning the tactical battle will rest on John Aloisi’s gameplan.
Brisbane Roar are the defending champions of the A-League, yet they sit ninth on the table, one point above cellar dwellers Sydney FC. Now Rado Vidosic has been replaced as head coach by Mike Mulvey, who has only ever been in charge of four A-League matches. It’s an astonishing turnaround for a side that was the pinnacle of the competition for two consecutive years, so what has gone wrong this season for the Roar?Continue reading
In a rare Friday night double header, back-to-back games featured a battle between two sides playing identical 4-2-3-1 formations. Then, the weekend’s marquee fixture, the Sydney derby, featured a similar match-up, with the preceding match, Melbourne Victory v Brisbane Roar, featuring two sides that could also be described as 4-2-3-1, although the Victory might be better described as a 4-4-2.
It would be easy to point to Shinji Ono’s first goal for the Wanderers – a late penalty against Brisbane to steal the win – as the moment in which he asserted himself in Australian football.
But the reality is that his performance a week later in the second ever Sydney derby was far more impressive. Ono didn’t tangibly affect the result with a goal – although he played in a fine cross for Michael Beauchamp’s goal – but he was the game’s key player, demonstrating outstanding vision and supreme awareness of space to allow the Wanderers to dominate the midfield. Given both sides were actively trying to compete in that zone, this proved crucial.
- A comfortable win for the competition’s form side.
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