Only 10 goals among the five A-League clashes this weekend, which saw Western Sydney Wanderers maintain the status quo atop the table for another week.
Goalkeeper, Melbourne City
Kept Victory at bay almost single-handedly.
Defender, Melbourne City
Assured in defence and set up City’s first.
Defender, Newcastle Jets
Led by example in Newcastle’s tight defence.
Defender, Adelaide United
Impressed in a defensive game.
Midfielder, Sydney FC
A rock in Sydney’s midfield.
Midfielder, Brisbane Roar
The passing lynchpin in Brisbane’s attack.
Midfielder, Newcastle Jets
A promising and energetic performance.
Midfielder, Brisbane Roar
Made an instant impact and scored the match winner.
Forward, Perth Glory
Put Perth up early and was a threat all match.
Striker, Melbourne Victory
Scored one but should have had more in a powerful performance.
Forward, Sydney FC
A superb goal that should have won the game for Sydney.
Newcastle Jets 0 Adelaide United 0
It was a perfect start to the weekend for fans of underwhelming football as the Jets went scoreless for the third match in a row against an impotent Adelaide United.
After a thrashing at the hands of Melbourne City last weekend, Newcastle looked to focus on defensive solidity at the expense of ever looking like they may score a goal.
It perhaps understandable given their star player is goalkeeper Mark Birighitti and he was on song again to deny a misfiring Adelaide.
Marcelo Carrusca came closest for the visitors with a pair of fine free kicks hitting the woodwork.
Wellington Phoenix 1 Sydney FC 1
There was a sense of déjà vu for Sydney FC as they conceded a late penalty to throw away a one-goal lead against Wellington.
Referee Peter Green looked to be in a Scrooge-like mood, waving away a series of first half penalty appeals before relenting early in the second half to reward Andrew Hoole after he had been tripped by Manny Muscat.
Hoole stepped up to take the resultant penalty but was denied by Glen Moss, who dived brilliantly to his right to deny the youngster.
A rare moment of magic from Filip Holosko looked to have sealed the points when his 84th minute curling effort gave the visitors a late lead.
Unfortunately for Sydney, Jacques Faty - like a self-sabotaging Robin Hood - was again on hand to gift the opposition a soft penalty and a share of the points.
Roy Krishna was on hand to convert and gift the Phoenix a lucky point.
Melbourne City 2 Melbourne Victory 1
Melbourne City stamped their mark on the A-League as they held on to defeat rival big boys Melbourne Victory in a pulsating derby.
Early goals from Stefan Mauk and Paulo Retre put City in the driving seat, but the hosts had to withstand a sustained attacking onslaught after Besart Berisha gave the Victory a way back just before the break.
The 'visitors' laid siege in the second half but were kept at bay by the brilliant Thomas Sorensen, whose goalkeeping heroics saved the match for City.
It’s a great result for the plucky upstarts, with their fancy foreign imports and billionaire owners, as they held on against their dominant local rivals to cap off an amazing run of victories.
For the defending champions it’s a fourth straight loss, leaving them the Victory in name only and well off the title pace.
Perth Glory 2 Western Sydney Wanderers 2
As George Harrison so aptly put it, all things must pass, and so it proved for Western Sydney as their seven-game winning streak came to an end in a lively 2-2 draw with Perth Glory.
Aaron Redmayne was in a charitable mood early, gifting Perth a 2nd minute penalty after tripping Diego Castro, who converted from the spot.
The Wanderers replied with a cleverly worked set-piece finished by Brendan Santalab.
A second-half screamer from Mitch Oxborrow put the hosts back in front, as he found the net with a long-range free kick, ably assisted by the limp hands of Redmayne.
Perth looked likely to grab an unlikely victory until Mitch Nichols curled the ball past a stranded Ante Covic after lovely build up play from Romeo Castelen.
Central Coast Mariners 0 Brisbane Roar 1
The weekend look set to finish the way it began until a late Dimitri Petratos strike gave Brisbane a slender victory away to Central Coast Mariners.
After the excitement of Saturday’s Melbourne Derby, it was a damp squib of a match saved by a brilliant goal by Petratos, who cut in and curled a left-foot shot into the far corner.
It was as much as Brisbane deserved on balance, despite a late scare courtesy of a deflected Josh Rose shot.
Jamie Young was saved by the flag as Rose’s shot trickled past the stranded Roar goalkeeper but was ruled out for offside.
The win puts Brisbane back into second on the ladder and leaves the Central Coast adrift at the bottom by five points.comments