Saturday September 19, 2009 by Jodie Leeson
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
Sunday September 13, 2009 by Peter Simcox
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
Friday September 4, 2009 by Peter Simcox
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
Friday August 28, 2009 by Peter Simcox
A goal in each half from Serbian striker Branko Jelic gave Perth Glory a 2-1 win against Melbourne Victory in the opening Hyundai A-League round four game at the ME Bank Stadium on Friday night.
It continued the Victory’s poor record in the West, losing their last five visits, and it moved the home side into third place on the table.
The Glory were unchanged after last week’s 2-0 victory against Newcastle Jets, but on the bench Brazilian midfielder Amaral returned in his first game of a nine game guest stint. Melbourne made one change to the side that beat North Queensland Fury 1-0, with Ney Fabiano replacing Evan Berger.
It was a bitterly cold evening at kick off, but the Glory had their fans warm on six minutes with the lead. Naum Sekulovski’s free kick from the left was headed back across goal by Chris Coyne, and Mile Sterjovski’s shot beat Victory keeper Glen Moss and Jelic made sure firing home from close-range. Read more
Sunday August 23, 2009 by Peter Simcox
Perth Glory kicked started their league season with a 2-0 win against Newcastle Jets at the ME Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
It was the first home game of the 2009-10 campaign for David Mitchell’s side andgoals from Wayne Srhoj and Adriano Pellegrino sent the 9,398 fans home happy.
The Glory went into the game unchanged from last week’s side that lost 1-2 against Wellington Phoenix last week, after Victor Sikora and Chris Coyne recovered from injury and illness.
The Jets made two changes to the side that drew 1-1 against the Central Coast Mariners in the F3 Derby, Ben Kantarovski replacing the injured Chris Triantis, while former Glory defender Nikolai Topor-Stanley replaced Angelo Costanzo, who dropped to the bench. Read more
Saturday August 22, 2009 by Peter Simcox
After two games of their 2009-10 Hyundai A-League campaign, Perth Glory is still looking for their first point. Back-to-back road trips has been a difficult start for David Mitchell’s side but they will be looking for three points in their first home game at ME Bank Stadium on Sunday against Newcastle Jets.
One player to stand out in the defeats has been 20-year-old defender Scott Neville. It’s been a rapid rise for the former Sorrento player and after impressing in the Glory Youth side, he was elevated to the senior ranks last season.
He is looking forward to Sunday’s home game and he hopes for a win in front of the home supporters. Read more
Sunday August 16, 2009 by Peter Simcox
Wellington Phoenix opened their account for the 2009-10 Hyundai A-League season, with a hard fought 2-1 victory against Perth Glory at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington this afternoon.
The winner came from former Glory player Leo Bertos’ 30-yard deflected free kick five minutes from time, and it sent the 10,024 yellow fever supporter’s home happy.
Both sides made two changes to their starting line-up’s for this second round clash. The home side brought in Brazilian import Diego for Tim brown, while Michael Ferrante replaced Troy Hearfield who dropped to the bench. The Glory brought in Wayne Srhoj and Branko Jelic to replace the injured Jamie Coyne and Eugene Dadi. Read more
Friday August 14, 2009 by Jodie Leeson
The Central Coast Mariners and Newcastle Jets have played out a 1-1 draw at Bluetongue Stadium this evening.
The scintillating match suggesting that both sides will be a force in this season’s campaign despite many pundits writing off the chances of both clubs prior to last weeks opening round.
It may have been John Hutchinson’s 100th game for the Mariners but it was the Jets fans letting off flares early with the Mariners denied a goal due to an offside ruling.
Mariners strike weapon Matt Simon who limped off the park with a knee complaint against Melbourne Victory last round gave Manager Lawrie McKinna cause for concern as he grabbed at his right hamstring in the 23rd minute. Read more
Saturday July 25, 2009 by Peter Simcox
A Joel Porter goal on 23 minutes was enough for Gold Coast United to beat Perth Glory 1-0, in Bunbury, in the South West of WA on Saturday afternoon.
The former Hartlepool United striker grabbed the only goal of the game as Gold Coast United triumphed to continue there good start in their inaugural A-League season preparation.
The Glory had plenty of good goal scoring opportunities, particularly in the opening half, in front of nearly 3,000 fans, but were unable to finish off their good work.
Coach David Mitchell was happy with the work out, and believes his side is on the right track for their season opener in Adelaide United on August 7th. “It was a tough old game today,” said Mitchell. Read more
Friday July 24, 2009 by Peter Simcox
Perth Glory continues their build up for the A-League season with a pre-season game against new side Gold Coast United at Hands Oval in Bunbury.
Dave Mitchell’s squad has been hit by illness in the past week, and he hopes the players will be ready for the clash. He told The West Australian: “We’ve dipped into our youth squad before and some of Kenny Lowe’s players have performed well, so we might have to do that again this weekend.”
Tony Sage may have caused quite a stir with his recruitment drive but Mitchell doesn’t have the luxury of a full squad to choose from.
He has his fingers crossed over a number of players who are nursing colds while others have niggles that need to be monitored. Read more