A-League

City return to form as Phoenix pay heavy price

Saturday February 18, 2017 by  

A horror five-minute period sees Wellington forgo early dominance as City finish clinically at Westpac Stadium on Saturday night.

It’s a cruel facet of football that games turn on tiny margins, and Wellington Phoenix have paid the full penalty as Melbourne City bounce back to form in emphatic fashion.

With expected thunderstorms holding, Phoenix started brightly with Roy Krishna nearly finishing a fine flowing movement inside two minutes. Picking up the ball centrally he drew several defenders before feeding Kosta Barbarouses wide, whose well-whipped cross was tucked just wide by the flying Fijian at full stretch. Read more

Five star Glory outclass Reds

Friday February 10, 2017 by  

Perth Glory FC put on an attacking master-class performance in the City of Churches to defeat defending champions Adelaide United 5-0 at Coopers Stadium on Friday night.

The scoring opened in bizarre circumstances just 15 minutes into the match. Josh Risdon’s floated cross found Reds defender Iacopo La Rocca unmarked at the back post, who miscued his headed clearance and put the ball past his keeper and into the back of the net.

Glory’s Spanish marquee Diego Castro would double Perth Glory’s lead 22 minutes later with a classy move. His quick feet were too much for the Adelaide defence, cutting inside and slamming his strike past Reds ‘keeper John Hall into the bottom far corner. Read more

Clinical Wanderers rain on New Plymouth’s parade

Saturday February 4, 2017 by  

A compact Western Sydney have punished Wellington on the counter, with a Brendon Santalab brace the difference at Yarrow Stadium on Saturday evening.

A contestable red card to Shane Smeltz ensured no way back for Wellington Phoenix in a disappointing end to their first regular season visit to Taranaki.

Having just handed the Nix a glimmer of hope from the penalty spot the veteran striker was given his marching orders following a second yellow. Read more

Sky Blues continue unbeaten run, set new record

Friday February 3, 2017 by  

Sydney FC have moved 12 points clear at the top of the A-League and extended their unbeaten run to 18 games since the start of the season, after a 0-0 draw against Brisbane Roar.

The Sky Blues have also set a new Australian football record for the number of goals conceded after 18 games with eight, beating the record of 10 conceded by Wollongong Wolves at the same stage of the 1991/92 season.

Roar keeper Michael Theo was tested on numerous occasions by the Sydney FC attack while Sky Blues stopper Danny Vukovic also made some crucial saves in an end to end game. Read more

Glory set to play EPL giants

Sunday January 29, 2017 by  

Perth Glory Football Club is excited to announce it will play English Premier League giants Chelsea FC in an international friendly at the new Perth Stadium in mid-2018.

English Football giants Chelsea to play at the new Perth Stadium in 2018.
Photo courtesy of Perth Glory FC

The sporting coup has been secured by Tourism WA and VenuesLive (stadium operator) on behalf of the State Government and is expected to attract 65-thousand football fans with a very large number anticipated to come from Asia and interstate.

“This is an enormous opportunity for not only football fans, but sport fans in general, from around the nation and the Asia-Pacific region, to witness one of the best and biggest clubs in the world to play in our own back yard,” said club CEO Peter Filopoulos.

“This will not only help grow and foster football in Western Australia but will expose Perth Glory’s brand to a new market and millions of viewers and fans around the globe.” Read more

Sky Blues unstoppable, still undefeated

Thursday January 26, 2017 by  

Sydney FC came from behind to deservedly move an incredible 11 points clear at the top of the A-League and stretch their unbeaten run to an immense 17 games since the start of the season.

Filip Holosko’s first half header cancelled out James Troisi’s opener for second placed Melbourne before Bernie Ibini scored a stunning second half winner.

Hosts Melbourne were reduced to ten men after James Donachie was sent off following a reckless challenge on Alex Brosque, as the striker looked to increase the Sky Blues lead. Read more

Phoenix succumb to Maclaren sucker-punch

Saturday January 21, 2017 by  

Wellington Phoenix have fallen just short of a memorable week for the club after Jamie Maclaren’s late goal handed Brisbane Roar all three points at Westpac Stadium on Saturday night.

Just moments shy of their third clean sheet in eight days, a mistake at the back has hurt Wellington as Brisbane Roar have picked the Phoenix’s pockets with fourth place on the A-League ladder on the line.

Wellington started brightly, and in the fourth minute Roly Bonevacia’s clever ball found Kosta Barbarouses but his wicked cross evaded his Phoenix teammates. Read more

Sky Blues move eight points clear

Friday January 20, 2017 by  

Sydney FC extended their unbeaten season to 16 games and move eight points clear on top of the A-League table with a deserved 2-0 victory over defending champions, Adelaide United on Friday night.

The Sky Blues secured the win during a lively period in the second half with two goals in the space of two minutes.

After Brosque’s superb first-time volley broke the deadlock, Ninkovic quickly doubled his side’s lead with a calm finish just past the hour mark. Read more

Sky Blues maintain unbeaten run in derby draw

Saturday January 14, 2017 by  

Sydney FC have maintained their unbeaten start to the A-League season after an entertaining Sydney Derby ended scoreless in front of 40,143 tonight.

The Sky Blues created an array of chances in the first half and came close to breaking the deadlock on several occasions against a dogged Western Sydney defence.

As the match wore on and the humid conditions took their toll, the Wanderers created a few chances of their own but were unable to breach the goal of an inspired Danny Vukovic. Read more

Phoenix secure a hat-trick of wins over Mariners

Saturday January 14, 2017 by  

On his return to the side after an injury layoff Michael McGlinchey scored in the opening 10 minutes to seal Wellington Phoenix a 1-0 win over Central Coast Mariners at Westpac Stadium on Saturday night.

The home side began the match brightly and duly took the lead 10 minutes in when McGlinchey beat the goalkeeper at the near post with a fierce drive.

Wellington continued to attack and were unfortunate not to add to their lead, particularly in the first half, but in the end the solitary strike proved enough to give the hosts the three points and put them within touching distance of the top six. Read more