A-League

Ifill earns Phoenix a point

Sunday November 8, 2009 by  

A goal from English striker Paul Ifill eight minutes from time earned Wellington Phoenix a 1-1 draw against Perth Glory in today’s A-League clash at the Westpac Stadium.

The former Crystal Palace striker fired home an Adrian Caceres shot that Glory keeper Tando Velaphi couldn’t hold to cancel out a stunning 25-yard free kick from Glory’s Wayne Srhoj.

The home side went into their second game in five day’s unchanged, while the Glory made two changes to the side that were beaten 1-2 by Melbourne Victory last week.

Jamie Coyne was injured and was replaced by Scott Neville at right back, while Serbian striker Branko Jelic returned to replace Eugene Dadi, who dropped to the bench. Another first on the day, with referee Matthew Guillett making his A-League debut. Read more

Hernandez double ends Victory’s barren spell

Sunday November 1, 2009 by  

A double from Costa Rican midfielder Carlos Hernandez has given Melbourne a 2-1 victory against Perth Glory at the ME Stadium, ending its three-year barren spell in the West.

The win takes the Victory into second place on the league table, one point behind leaders Sydney FC. While the defeat leaves the Glory in fifth place, and continue a worrying three game losing streak for David Mitchell’s side.

The home side made three changes to the side that lost 2-1 against North Queensland Fury last week, with Andy Todd and Mile Sterjovski returning from injury replacing the injured Victor Sikora and Scott Neville who dropped to the bench, while Eugene Dadi was called into the side late, with Branko Jelic reporting to the ground with a virus.

The Victory made one change to the side that beat Adelaide United 3-1 last week with Rodrigo Vargas replacing Surat Sukha. Read more

Fury home at last

Saturday October 24, 2009 by  

North Queensland Fury won at home for the first time in the Hyundai A-league after coming from a goal behind to beat Perth Glory 2-1 at the Dairy Farmers Stadium tonight.

Dutch striker Victor Sikora had given the visitors the lead in the first half but a Robbie Fowler free kick and stunning strike from second half substitute Dyron Daal after the break gave Fury the points.

The home side made two changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Wellington Phoenix last week with Osama Malik and Jason Spagnuolo replacing the omitted Daniel McBreen and Jeremy Brokie who dropped to the bench.

The Glory were unchanged after their 1-2 defeat against the Gold Coast last week, meaning Socceroos Mile Sterjovski’s again missed out with injury. Read more

Glory Youth leave it late to beat AIS

Saturday October 24, 2009 by  

A goal three minutes into stoppage-time from Perth Glory Youth midfielder Reece Vittiglia has given Gareth Naven’s side a thrilling 4-3 victory against the Australian Institute of Sport at McKellar Park in Canberra.

The game was played in great spirits in front of a healthy crowd and it saw both sides score two goals in two minutes at different stages, but after coming off a 4-0 loss last week, Glory’s hunger was too much for the AIS, the win moving the Glory into fourth spot on the table.

Both sides pressed early but both defences were on top, until the 16th minute when former striker with WA Premier League side Stirling Lions, Eli Babalj, struck from a tight angle to give the AIS the lead.

His first shot was well saved by Alex Pearson and his follow up shot found the back of the net despite Glory defender Steve Hesketh’s effort’s on the goal line. Read more

Mariners frustrated as Fury pounce late

Sunday October 11, 2009 by  

The Central Coast Mariners will be lamenting their missed opportunities after playing out a 1-1 draw with the North Queensland Fury at picturesque Bluetongue Stadium this afternoon.

Leading 1-0 at the break thanks to the second quickest goal in the short history of the Hyundai A-League via Matt Simon the Mariners were left heartbroken as the Fury equalised through Daniel McBreen in the 76th minute.

Simon, who missed the Mariners loss to Sydney FC on Monday returned from his leg injury and immediately made an impact as he slotted home a goal in the fourteenth second. His effort only bettered by Louis Brain for Adelaide United in round three in the inaugural season of the competition.

Fury’s Chris Tadrosse attempted back pass to John Tambouras was scuttled as Simon intercepted the ball before nudging past Scott Wilson and edging the ball on the angle through the near post. Read more

Sterjovski spot on for Glory

Friday September 25, 2009 by  

Mile Sterjovski’s 81st minute penalty gave Perth Glory a 1-0 win against Newcastle Jets at the Hunter Stadium tonight.

The three points moved David Mitchell’s side to joint leadership of the Hyundai A-League and made it back-to-back away wins for the side from the west.

Jet’s Coach Branko Culina made one change to the side that were beaten 2-1 at Sydney FC last week with Dutch striker Donny de Groot replacing Sasho Petrovski.

The Glory who won on the road for the first time this season after a 4-2 win against Brisbane Roar last week, made two changes to their starting line up with Victor Sikora replacing the injured Jamie Harnwell, while Tando Velaphi, who had recovered from a head injury, replaced Alex Vrteski, who dropped to the bench. Read more

Glory away at last

Sunday September 20, 2009 by  

Perth Glory ended their six-game losing streak on the road with a 4-2 victory against Brisbane Roar at the Suncorp Stadium in Queensland this evening in round seven of the A-League.

In a game full of incidents David Mitchell’s side raced to a two goal lead before letting the home side back in the game but after last weeks capitulation against Gold Coast United they hit back and for Socceroos defender Chris Coyne it was good to get the away blues monkey off their backs.

“It was a case of déjà vu at half time but after we conceded early in the second half we managed to get the third but again let them back in, but I’m happy to get that much needed away win,” said Coyne.

The home side were forced into three changes from the side that beat Newcastle Jets last week with Luke DeVere, Mitch Nichols and Danny Tiatto out, replaced by David Dodd, Josh McCloughan and Perth youngster Callum O’Connell. Read more

Mariners treble sinks hopes of United

Saturday September 19, 2009 by  

The Central Coast Mariners have executed the demise of A-League ladder leaders Gold Coast United with a 3-0 victory at Bluetongue Stadium this evening, with Matt Simon’s individual screamer early in the second half winning thunderous applause.

Gold Coast United, sitting three points clear of Sydney FC atop the Hyundai A-League ladder heading into the round seven clash were looking to add to their winning run in their first venture to the seaside Bluetongue Stadium.

It was the home side however, that began proceedings the better with the initial opportunity via Pedj Bojic in only the sixth minute.

The diminutive winger, hunting for his first ever A-League goal was lurking through the middle of the park and when presented with an excellent opportunity to seal the goal his strike set with speed across the bar. Read more

Smeltz’s late show gives United a point

Sunday September 13, 2009 by  

A goal in the last minute from New Zealand international striker Shane Smeltz has given Gold Coast United a point in today’s clash against Perth Glory at the ME Bank Stadium.

Miron Bleiberg side came from two goals down at the break to secure a point and maintain their lead at the top of the table.

The Glory had raced to a 2-0 half time lead with goals from Branko Jelic and Victor Sikora but United hit back in the contest when defender Bas van den brink pulled one back in the 52nd minute and Smeltz’s leveller broke the hearts of the 9,408 Glory faithful.

The home side made one change to the side that were beaten 1-2 at Central Coast Mariners last week, with Jamie Coyne returning from injury to replace Scott Neville who had been ill all week, while the Gold Coast made three changes to the side that beat Sydney FC last week with Jason Culina, Steve Pantelidis and Milson Ferreia dos Santos, replacing the suspended Joel Porter, Tahj Minniecon and Robson Alves de Silva. Read more

Glory hand Mariners the points

Friday September 4, 2009 by  

A horrendous error from Perth Glory keeper Tando Velaphi, handed Central Coast Mariners the points in the last minute of Friday night’s A-League clash at the Canberra Stadium.

With the score locked at 1-1 the former young Socceroos keeper misjudged a Mariners long clearance and Dylan MaCallister crossed to Matt Simon at the back post to score into an empty net.

The home side made two changes to the side that were beaten 1-0 by Brisbane Roar last week with Andrew Clark replacing Dean Heffernan, and Nicky Travis replacing Adam Kwasnik who dropped to the bench.

The Glory was unchanged from the side that beat Melbourne Victory 2-1, and they were looking for a third consecutive win in the A-league for the first time. Read more