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3 games, 18 goals, a hat-trick, four doubles and a rearranged A-League table ... and that was just Saturday!15 April 2018 | FT Editor
Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne City, 2-1 (Attendance: 4,312)
Well done to Wellington Phoenix who didn't want to end the season in last place and put up a spirited display against Melbourne City, after their recent run of impressive wins and clean sheets. A win could have given City more points than they've gathered previously in a season, and a nice little edge in third position - but, truth is, they didn't need it. That is not to take away from Wellington Phoenix who left the loyal fans who attended with some hope at the end of the season.
Central Coast Mariners v Newcastle Jets, 2-8 (Attendance: 7,604)
Another record! But this time it doesn't have the word 'Sydney' on it so we can use the actual word. It is the new record for the highest scoring game in A-League history. Newcastle Jets were ruthless. Riley McGree (pictured) scored a hat-trick and Roy O'Donovan a double. The record surpasses the 8-1 result to Adelaide United v North Queensland Fury in 2011, and gives Mike Mulvey plenty to think about. It leaves Central Coast Mariners last on the A-League ladder after the result in the earlier game, and puts Newcastle Jets back into a confidence-boosting winning mentality ahead of the finals - and with a week off.
Perth Glory v Brisbane Roar, 2-3 (Attendance: 9,579)
'The Slippery Fish' was at his best again just when needed popping-up for goals in the 30th and 52nd minutes, with a Thomas Kristensen 40th minute goal squeezed-in between, after Adam Taggart put the home side ahead in the 24th minute due to a Jamie Young "howler". It was a thrilling match for the almost 10,000 fans and especially after Perth Glory was given a penalty in the 80th minute - which Young saved from Diego Castro. That's the end of the season for Perth Glory, and a wait until tonight for Brisbane Roar.
Western Sydney Wanderers v Adelaide United, tonight, 5pm AEST
- If marquee man Oriel Riera scores a goal tonight, it will take his season tally to 15 and break the club record (that word again) for most goals in a single season. But he says that means nothing to him, he just wants the team to win in tonight's do-or-die clash.
- Mark Bridge is fit and ready to play in tonight's game, after a hamstring injury, but admits he is unlikely to start given the competition for places upfront and the win last week.
- Robbie Slater writes that tonight's game could be a "defining moment" for Josep Gombau who, if the Wanderers win, may be able to stay and pick his own team. You'd bloody well think so! It's a big game, yada yada yada, and Adelaide United are already in fifth position, regardless of the result, and may rest their captain, Isaias.
Sydney FC supporters will love to read the unabashed admiration with quotes in this article; others not so much.
Asian Champions League
Yes, it's on again this week and Sydney FC - whose campaign was not so long ago on "life support" - is aiming to beat Shanghai Shenhua and go on to the round of 16, the first game of which is four days after the A-League Grand Final which, of course, Sydney FC expect to win. It's a perfect scenario for 'super coach' Arnie. The squad will not be the same squad next season; most are off-contract as soon as the season is technically over in early May. But if Sydney FC win the Grand Final, and into the round of 16, whatever happens next is always going to be the next guy's fault.
More from Val Migliaccio on the Matildas draw yesterday morning (published after we packed-up for the day), noting that both teams "went off smiling" with the 1-1 result.
Alen Stajcic also said he wouldn't apologise to those who said the match was "anti-football" saying they played tournament rules (in respect of the score draw). Now where have we heard that before?
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