A-League Review Round 16

Round 16 of the A-League once against saw Adelaide on FIFA Club World Cup duties so their was only 3 games in the round. The bottom sides are starting to assert themselves as top 4 contendor while early leaders have lost their way.

Wellington Phoenix vs Central Coast Mariners
BANG a goal to Smeltz the top striker in the A-League netted two minutes into the game after Leo Bertos made a break down the right wing and put in a pin point cross for Smeltz to header in.

This paved the way for plenty of chances for the team that surprised themselves and everyone else early but in the back of their mind the comeback kings were lurking.

The match was end to end action with the Mariners looking the better team but just not able to find the net. Wellington managed to hold the comeback kings out via good defending and luck via bad striking.

All in all a great match that ended 1-0 to the Phoenix.

Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne Victory
Newcastle Jets bottom of the ladder came up against Melbourne Victory equal top but as it has been over the past few weeks the Victory could not fire to beat the lowly placed Jets.

Matt Thompson nailed a Hat-trick in less than 50 minutes with Song putting the Jets 4 ahead on 60 minutes. The Victory scored two concolation goals but were just too poor for Thompson and his team mates.

Sydney FC vs Perth Glory
Sydney went into this game desperately needing a win against the lowely Perth but things never went as intended for the home side with Adriano Pellegrino netting for the away team in the 11th minute. The game began to even out but in the 34th minute Sydney managed to kick an own goal and affectively end their hopes of a win.

Perth were confident 2-0 up away and it showed when Wayne Srhoj smashed one into the net before Sydney scrambled a quick goal to make the scores 3-1.

But the horror game was not yet over for Sydney FC with Middleby heading yet another own goal in the 69th minute to give the away team an incrediable 4-1 win which puts them into finals contention for the first time in the A-League’s short history.

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Adelaide United FC 14 7 3 4 24 17 7 24
2 Queensland Roar FC 15 6 5 4 21 15 6 23
3 Melbourne Victory FC 15 7 2 6 26 21 5 23
4 Central Coast Mariners FC 16 5 7 4 29 23 6 22
5 Wellington Phoenix FC 16 6 4 6 17 24 -7 22
6 Sydney FC 16 5 5 6 25 24 1 20
7 Perth Glory FC 16 5 4 7 25 34 -9 19
8 Newcastle Jets FC 16 3 6 7 18 27 -9 15

*Adelaide have played 2 less games due to FIFA Club World Cup

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