Sunday Edition: A-League & Bolt Watch
Matt McKay notches up 250 games with Brisbane Roar, while it's the battle of the winless at Gosford today04 November 2018 | FT Editor
Wellington Phoenix, 0 v Western Sydney Wanderers, 3
A wet, windy and wild Wellington didn't put off the Wanderers which outclassed the home side for their first win of the season. The goals were scored by Alexander Baumjohann, who commanded the midfield, Oriel Rieira and Jordan O'Doherty who, along with Bruce Kamau made an “impressive first start” for the Wanderers.
The performance was all the more impressive because of the “truly atrocious” conditions, with the inclusion of O'Doherty and Kamau making a difference.
The crowd was a 5,339 which most observers remarked as being good in light of the weather.
Newcastle Jets, 0 v Melbourne Victory, 1
Melbourne Victory won again in the much-vaunted 'grand final re-match' thanks to a 71st minute goal from Terry Antonis before a crowd of 11,814.
It was a “second sweet Terry Antonis strike” in two matches for Melbourne Victory, which lifts them off the bottom of the ladder and leaves Newcastle Jets there.
It was also the first home game of the season for Newcastle Jets. This time last season, they were on seven points, compared with one now, and next face Sydney FC.
Perth Glory, 2 v Brisbane Roar, 1
Brisbane Roar remain winless after three rounds, in a game that Marco Monteverde says Perth deserved to win. Perth Glory were 2-0 up until a penalty was awarded to Adam Taggart in the 84th minute, but Glory hung on for the final 6+ minutes with ten men. Perth's goals came from Andy Keogh and an own goal to Connor O'Toole.
Matt McKay (file picture) started the match, becoming the first Brisbane Roar player to notch-up 250 games and only the seventh in the A-League.
The crowd was 9,446.
Central Coast Mariners v Adelaide United, TODAY 5pm AEDT & Local
Ben Halloran said he was nearly persuaded to join Central Coast Mariners this season by Mike Mulvey whom he credits as one of the most influential people in his career, dating back not only to Gold Coast United days (remember them?), but as a 15-year-old at the Queensland Academy of Sport. Mulvey dropped Halloran and told him to go back to his club and start enjoying the game again, before returning to QAS and progressing from there.
One of Sydney FC's goalscorers on Friday night, Paulo Retre, says it was “an amazing performance” from the squad with their three games in six days. The team had heard that tipsters had heavily backed Melbourne City to win, but it is a sign of the quality of Sydney FC that they won, and won easily.
Robbie Slater writes that he is let-down by Usain Bolt's decision to chase the money, and not the dream. Slater says he was happy to support Bolt following his dream but Bolt's people should have realised that the financial demands for the world's best sprinter are far different than those for a low-level A-League player.
At Derby Day in Melbourne on Saturday, Bolt told a reporter that it was “a bit sad” that the contract negotiations didn't work out, but he's hopeful of getting another opportunity somewhere else.
The same report here with the addition of John Aloisi's thoughts on the Bolt 'experiment'. He says he's pleased FFA didn't dip into the marquee fund for him as it might stop other genuine marquee players from joining the A-League who would see it as a “gimmick league”.
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