The crowds may have been smaller than the previous rounds, but the quality of the football played was just top notch. Sydney midfielder Amy Harrison has made her return after almost a year away with a knee injury. Refiloe Jane has returned to Canberra just after Banyana Banyana were victorious over Mali 2-0 on Tuesday.
Two goals by United’s Roestbakken & Mulaudzi helped end their two match losing streak. This was the Sky Blues third loss in a row. Over in Fawkner, it seemed the Reds were heading for their first defeat of the season until Amber Brooks and Georgia Campagnale took control of the ball and scored Adelaide’s first & only goal to end up in a 1-1 draw. It was also Kyah Simon’s first goal for City after almost 2 years away with injury.
Brisbane has ‘roared’ back up the ladder to equal-fourth after a 1-0 win over Newcastle. Chioma Ubogagu scored her first goal for the League. The Jets continued to try and get that elusive goal to even the match, but the combo of Polkinghorne & McCormick kept them well and truly away from the woodwork.
Meanwhile in Morwell, Victory’s undefeated run continued. The first half was all Melbourne, after the break Western Sydney came back looking invigorated and improved with Elizabeth Addo continuing to lead the way for the Wanderers. Kylie Ledbrook produced their only goal late in the second half. Victory have a bye this coming week then meet Brisbane in Round 7.
What an absolutely great round, Melbourne City has put a bad week behind them to thump the Jets 3-0. With an early corker of a goal from Riley McGree, it was smooth sailing from there on in for the City Blues, Newcastle barely got a look-in. Lachlan Wales scored his first goal for the League. Luke Brattan scored what could be the goal of the season securing the win for Melbourne. The Jets sit at seventh on the ladder.
Meanwhile over in the west, history was made by Phoenix striker Roy Krishna who scored his 34th goal for Wellington. Even with the 1-1 draw, Perth remain unbeaten at the top of the ladder.
A bit of drama in Gosford, when an angry spectator complete with crutches and broken leg managed to hobble onto the field. Security escorted him out of the stadium after it was discovered he didn’t have a leg to stand on. The Mariners had a great first half with Matt Simon scoring early against his old team. Sky Blues midfielder Brandon O’Neill secured a stunning goal which the Mariners never saw coming. Sydney have won 10 of their last 13 games against Central Coast. This match also pulled in the second biggest crowd of the round. It feels like the Mariners are getting a bit closer to a win.
A modest crowd piled into Hindmarsh to see the Reds take on the Roar. The poor woodwork got a battering during the first half with both sides on the attack. It was ten aside towards the end of the match with each team losing multiple players during the match. Key striker Adam Taggart was out for most of the game with a dodgy groin. But it was the brace for Ben Halloran which secured the win for Adelaide.
On Saturday night, Melbourne Victory star player Keisuke Honda scored a brilliant early goal against the Wanderers, he continued to show class and skill for the rest of the match. No doubt a candidate for the Johnny Warren Medal. It was a dominant win for Victory. The Wanderers sit at 8th position just above Wellington.
By the Numbers
Adelaide United v Brisbane Roar 2-1
Sydney FC v Central Coast Mariners 2-1
Melbourne Victory v Western Sydney Wanderers 4-0
Wellington Phoenix v Perth Glory 1-1
Melbourne City v Newcastle jets 3-0
Melbourne City v Adelaide United 1-1
Melbourne Victory v Western Sydney Wanderers 2-1
Canberra United v Sydney FC 2-0
Brisbane Roar v Newcastle Jets 1-0
Friday December 7
Western Sydney Wanderers v Central Coast Mariners
7:50pm Spotless Stadium, Sydney
Saturday December 8
Sydney FC v Wellington Phoenix
5:35pm Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah
Melbourne Victory v Adelaide United
7:50pm Marvel Stadium, Docklands
Perth Glory v Melbourne City
10:00pm nib Stadium, Perth
Sunday December 2
Newcastle Jets v Brisbane Roar
5:00pm McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
Thursday December 6
Adelaide United v Perth Glory
7:30pm Marden Sports Complex, Adelaide
Friday December 7
Western Sydney v Canberra United
5:20pm Spotless Stadium, Sydney
Sunday December 9
Newcastle Jets v Melbourne City
2:30pm McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar
4:00pm Seymour Shaw Park, Miranda
All times are AEDT
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