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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

City create history in front of record crowd

Sunday February 12, 2017 by  

Melbourne City are W-League champions for the second successive season after defeating Perth Glory 2-0 in front of a record crowd at nib Stadium in Perth.

Goals in each half from player of the match Jess Fishlock and Beverly Yanez were enough to see off a brave showing from the home side.

Melbourne City became the first team to win the title for a second successive season, and just the second side to win the championship coming from fourth. Read more

Phoenix are denied by late penalty decision

Sunday November 27, 2016 by  

Roy Krishna scored his fifth goal of the season, but Wellington Phoenix were denied at least a point after a late penalty secured Melbourne City a 2-1 win at AAMI Park on Sunday night.

A deflected shot from Nick Fitzgerald spun beyond the reach of Glen Moss and gave City the lead on 44 minutes.

Phoenix reacted well after the break and duly equalised in the second half when Kosta Barbarouses was brought down in the box and Krishna scored from the penalty spot with a follow-up attempt. Read more

Hat-trick Keogh steals the lime light

Friday October 21, 2016 by  

Irish international striker Andy Keogh has emerged as Perth Glory’s hero after scoring a perfect hat-trick in a fiery and spirited 3-2 win over glamour club Melbourne City, sending the Western Australians to the top of the A-League for at least the next 48-hours.

Keogh drew first blood in only the seventh minute of the match, after a well worked free-kick engineered by Nebo Marinkovic and Chris Harold who cut it back to Keogh to finish in front of goal.

On the stroke of half-time City equalised after being awarded a dubious penalty which saw last year’s golden boot winner Bruno Fornaroli score from the spot kick and send tempers flaring in both camps. Read more

A-League 2015-16 Season to kick-off in October

Monday June 29, 2015 by  

The A-League 2015/16 Season kicks off in October with three blockbuster rounds featuring a Sydney Derby, Melbourne Derby and an Adelaide United v Melbourne Victory blockbuster at Adelaide Oval to give fans a turbo charged start to Season 11 of Australia’s premier domestic football competition.

The season will burst into action on Thursday 8 October as the Western Sydney Wanderers host Brisbane Roar, kick-starting a season that will run uninterrupted through to the A-League 2016 Grand Final, which will played on Sunday 1 May 2016.

Round one will feature the traditional interstate Adelaide United v Melbourne Victory clash at Adelaide Oval on Friday 9 October. Read more

Maclaren Hat-Trick guides Perth to Glory

Sunday April 19, 2015 by  

Perth Glory FC has claimed all three points in its final home match of the 2014-15 A-League season, beating a ten man Melbourne City 3-1, thanks to a stunning Jamie Maclaren hat-trick.

The treble took the 21-year old striker’s tally to eight goals for the season and his performance edged out a heroic Danny Vukovic as man of the match.

Perth kicked-off with a new look line-up, featuring Diogo Ferreira and debutant Mtich Oxborrow in the midfiled, while Slovenian Denis Kramar slotted in the back line for an injured Scott Jamieson. Read more

Duke double silences City slickers

Sunday January 4, 2015 by  

Central Coast Mariners will enter the brief summer A-League pause for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup full of confidence after Phil Moss’s side claimed a well-earned 2-0 win over Melbourne City in Gosford on Sunday.

A double from livewire attacker Mitchell Duke helped steer the Mariners past John van’t Schip’s side on the banks of the Brisbane Water – the win coming after an improved attacking display by the yellow and navy and a determined defensive performance which saw Liam Reddy produce a number of fine saves to thwart City’s many attacking weapons.

The Mariners took the lead early in the contest when Duke capitalised on a precise pass from attacking midfield whiz Glen Trifiro. Seizing his opportunity, Duke slid an accurate effort of his own beyond Tando Velaphi to score his first goal since the opening day of the campaign. Read more

Mariners display heart to deny City

Sunday November 16, 2014 by  

Two stunning goals late in the game helped a spirited Central Coast Mariners outfit rally to secure a point from their A-League round 6 clash against Melbourne City at AAMI Park on Sunday.

Having fallen to a 2-0 deficit after goals by Mate Dugandzic and Erik Paartalu in the 10th and 53rd minutes respectively, Phil Moss’s men displayed incredible character to find a way to end the match at 2-2.

Indeed, substitute Glen Trifiro reduced the arrears to one with a superb free kick in the 80th minute, before captain courageous John Hutchinson – a foundation Mariner – epitomised the Club’s culture by striking a last-gasp right-footed effort from outside the box beyond Andrew Redmayne to send Central Coast’s travelling contingent, plus the squad, into delirium. Read more

Ten man Roar show Heart to take three points

Friday March 28, 2014 by  

A ten-man Brisbane Roar outfit has come from behind to record an important 2-1 victory over Melbourne Heart at Suncorp Stadium tonight.

After Besart Berisha was sent off for the third time this season with the scores locked at 1-1, Brisbane dominated proceedings and found the winner through lively substitute Henrique.

The Heart could have been 3-0 up inside 15 minutes, first former Roar player David Williams putting a golden opportunity wide before Kisnorbo hit the post and goalkeeper Michael Theo pulled off a smart save to deny Williams. Read more

Mariners show Heart to earn important win

Sunday March 23, 2014 by  

A well-constructed and well-taken 77th minute goal by Bernie Ibini helped Central Coast Mariners secure a significant 2-1 win over Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park on Sunday.

The triumph lifted the yellow and navy to 36 competition points with just three regular season rounds to play, level with Melbourne Victory and — depending on the result of Sunday’s second match between Western Sydney Wanderers and Perth Glory — into third place on the A-League ladder.

Indeed, the Mariners were made to fight from a goal down in the Victorian capital having fallen behind to Orlando Engelaar’s audacious 34th minute strike. After running onto a ball won by Massimo Murdocca, the former Dutch international launched a stunning shot into the back of the net from inside his own half. Read more