Asian Cup 2018 | A-League | Mike Conway
Matildas held to a scoreless draw, Wanderers dazzle, City confirm a home final, and Sydney FC's team-building expert08 April 2018 | FT Editor
Asian Cup 2018
Australia v South Korea, 0-0
As we mentioned in our preview piece on Friday, the Matildas are the team everyone wants to beat at the Women's Asian Cup - or at least not let them win, and that's precisely what the South Korean manager, Dukyeo Yoon, and his team made sure didn't happen with their discipline staying deep and content to let the Matildas dominate with 62% possession and absorb the pressure the Matildas plied on them.
Val Migliaccio's match report neatly sums it up in his first paragraph. "South Korea got what they wanted. The Matildas didn't."
In the earlier group match, Japan easily accounted for Vietnam, 4-0.
Australia meet Vietnam on Wednesday morning our time, while South Korea meets Japan.
See the video highlights of the match in the 'Watch' section on our home page.
It's good to see the Green and Gold Army has a tour group in Jordan to support the Matildas. Well done to all. Our feature pic is a group of them prior to kick-off in the match, thanks to @GGArmy.
Western Sydney Wanderers v Brisbane Roar, 3-0 (Attendance: 9,266)
- In the A-League, Western Sydney Wanderers surprised most observers by easily accounting for a semi-resurgent Brisbane Roar, 3-0, to put the fate of both teams entirely in their own hands next week, but probably tipping towards the Wanderers who host Adelaide United, while Brisbane Roar travel to Perth Glory.
- Marco Monteverde doesn't mince his words in reviewing Brisbane Roar's performance with phrases such as a "shocking display" that will require a lot of "soul searching" and a "massive blow" if they miss the finals after eight successive years of being there at the pointy end of the season.
- Dominic Bossi was also not too complimentary of Brisbane Roar saying it was "one of their most insipid performances" of the season, while Western Sydney Wanderers dazzled with their fluidity and rhythm. The stands may have been quiet with the RBB missing in action, but it made no difference on the park.
- Brisbane Roar or Perth Glory have to win, and then hope Western Sydney Wanderers lose, to make the finals. If Western Sydney Wanderers win, regardless of the result in the Perth v Brisbane match, they will make the finals.
Melbourne City v Central Coast Mariners, 1-0 (Attendance: 8,156)
- Central Coast Mariners didn't ever look like winners, but they didn't look like losers either, as they stuck to a game plan of holding the line and make Melbourne City work hard for their single goal - a "searing volley" from Bruno Fornaroli who, despite a long lay-off through injury has not lost his touch.
- The win was enough to ensure City will finish third or fourth and earn a home final; a win against Wellington Phoenix next week will hand them the third Asian Champions League spot which would be no doubt welcome news for City Football Group.
- So the outgoing coach, who has had the benefit of a very good quality squad that somehow manages to squeeze into the salary cap, 'requests' that all contract negotiations be put on hold until round 29 (after the grand final) so everyone "can focus on the job". Uh-huh. There are 11 players coming off contract who must wonder who will be coach next season, and how their indvidual salary demands will be met within the salary cap after two successive premierships and, possibly, championships.
He's called the 'Emotional Intelligence, Resilience and Mental Agility Coach'. In simple terms, what Mike Conway does is team building through developing trust in one's fellow team members, the cornerstone of a 'champion team' rather than a 'team of champions' - on the sporting field and in the corporate world. Yep, we get it. Once upon a time, the actual coach (eg. Arnie) was responsible for all that. Tom Smithies talks with Conway (which we're fairly sure he did last season too but it must be that time of the year when we are to learn about Sydney FC's winning ways again).
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