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CONTENTS 02 GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER SHORT PASSES ASIA CUP A wombat called Nutmeg whose two great loves are football and welcoming overseas visitors has been unveiled as the official mascot for AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015.
Nutmeg took centre stage at the Wild Life Sydney Zoo when his appoint- ment was announced on Tuesday in the presence of Socceroos legends and Asian Cup ambassadors Mark Bosnich, Brett Emerton and Rale Rasic. “Nutmeg is a great addition to the Asian Cup team,” said Michael Brown, CEO of the Asian Cup Local Organising Committee. “Importantly he loves to welcome visitors from overseas – which is some- thing I’m sure the whole country will do when we stage Australia’s biggest ever football tournament in January.
“For football lovers and people who love a big event the Asian Cup promises to be a remark- able 23-day festival of football, culminating in the final at Sydney’s Stadium Australia on January 31.
Nutmeg doesn’t talk but he does have a Twitter account @Nutmeg_2015 where he’ll share his experiences. NUTMEG THE WOMBAT NAMED AS MASCOT 04 Wanderers Reception 07 Scoreboard 08 Rd 5 Match Reports 20 Football Almanac 21 Rd 6 Match Previews 29 FFA Cup 33 V-League 37 BFTP 38 Ask The Experts 39 NYL 40 W-League 41 Overseas W-LEAGUE Brisbane Roar W-League and Westfield Matildas midfielder Katrina Gorry has nom- inated for AFC Player of the Year.
Gorry has been a key player in the Brisbane Roar set-up since join- ing the Queensland club in 2012 and the 22-year- old excelled at this year’s AFC Women’s Asian Cup, scoring three goals as Australia made it to the final against Japan. A-LEAGUE Melbourne City FC can announce that Liam Miller will join the Club on a short- term contract and will be available for selection for this Sunday’s Hyun- dai A-League match against the Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park. Miller, 33, will be eligi- ble for selection under Football Federation Aus- tralia’s National Team Replacement Player rule. Melbourne City FC midfielders Aaron Mooy (Socceroos) and Stefan Mauk (Olyroos) will be unavailable for this Sunday’s match through national team duties, while Robert Koren (calf), Jonatan Germano (hamstring) and Massimo Murdocca (groin) remain sidelined through injury.
MILLER SIGNS WITH CITY GORRY TOPS
www.goalweekly.com 05 GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER Wanderers Kings of Asia A remarkable past fortnight or so the 2014 Asian Champions League (ACL) winners, our Western Sydney Wanderers, culminated in a wonderful open air civic reception hosted by the City of Parramatta Council in its recently refurbished Centenary Square. Thousands of adoring fans were joined by local, State and Federal politicians, Chairman and CEO of Football Federation Australia, the Chairman, owners and sponsors of the Wanderers club, and many other invited dignitaries.
Passionate high profile Wanderers’ supporter Ian “Dicko” Dickson as MC kept proceedings flowing with his entertaining and informative style. The evening kicked off so appropriately by the musical Latino influenced rhythms of “La Banda” which has been at the heart and soul of the Red and Black Bloc (RBB) since the club’s inception. All players currently on the books with the Wanderers senior squad were introduced on stage one by one. Not surprisingly, the loudest welcomes from supporters came for goal keeper Ante Covic and a beaming head coach Tony Popovic.
Frank Lowy spoke with admiration and pride of the Wanderers ACL success, as did club Chairman Paul Lederer.
Lord Mayor of Parramatta Cr Scott Lloyd wel- comed to squad home complementing his ceremonial chains with a Wanderers scarf! One of the biggest chants of the night came in response to mention on stage by local State MP Dr Geoff Lee of upgrading to Parramatta (Pirtek) Stadium. “Stadium, Stadium, Stadium...etc” came the sustained call, making it clear what the constituents wanted. Not a piecemeal upgrade as currently approved; rather the faster track to a 35,000 capacity ‘state of the art’ stadium with ultra modern facilities. Are you listening Ministers in Can- berra and Macquarie Street?
Things wouldn’t have been complete without the ritual “Who do we sing for?...etc” exchange between the fans and players on stage, led by Covic. Following the conclusion of formalities, all players made themselves available for any and all supporters wanting items signed or shared photos captured. Feedback and comments encouraged via Twitter @ PabloFootball Wanderers honoured by Civic Reception By Pablo Bateson
www.goalweekly.com 06 GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER Just after Monday night’s civic reception for the Western Sydney Wanderers, Lord Mayor Cr Scott Lloyd spoke exclusively with Goal Weekly’s Pablo Bateson.
What are your feelings about tonight’s event and the welcome home? “It’s been a great celebration, with everyone coming out on a busy Monday evening. Here to celebrate the Wan- derers’ success, it’s a true indication of their fan base and the loyalty of fans to show support for their team”. What do the Wanderers mean for the City of Parra- matta?
“Not just what they bring on the field, it’s the commu- nity spirit they show. Whenever there is a community event or festival, the Wanderers are always one of the first ones to say we can come along and help. That’s what you want from a football team; you want one that’s part of the community. With the fans, the economic stim- ulus that it brings to Parramatta, like at the last game (ACL final first leg) it brought in an estimated $5million of business revenue for the City”.
For the proposed expansion of Parramatta Stadium to 35,000 seat capacity, which one of the politicians pub- licly spoke of a commitment to this evening, will your Council work with the State and Federal governments and the club to achieve this? “Parramatta City Council supports the sporting facility to be a ‘Tier 2’ stadium.
We have very many restaurants, cafes, clubs, and night life all around. We’ve got the light rail coming and already the main railway stations of Parramatta and Westmead close by, so all this links in to having a great stadium”.
It is possible that one day the Council could have a full-time liaison officer for football? (laughs) “For part of our economic development we need to have even better liaison with our sporting clubs like the Wanderers. Parramatta is a destination and the Wanderers give people one more reason to visit the City”. Do you think there should be maybe a bronze statue outside the Town Hall of Ante Covic and coach Tony Popovic? “When we get our new stadium, it would be great. Very similar to what has been done in Melbourne, to honour our sporting stars that bring so much hope and inspira- tion whether you watch on TV from the lounge chair or play the game yourself”.
Are you a regular to Wanderers’ home games here in Parramatta? “Yes I am. I’ve been fan of the A-League from the start (in 2005). I was originally a Mariners’ fan because we didn’t have a team here (in the western suburbs). I didn’t want to support the SMURFS, and they didn’t do any- thing to engage out here in the west, where they could really have made inroads. The Mariners were a commu- nity based club, similar to the subsequent approach of the Wanderers” Do you think the Wanderers can next year successful- ly defend their ACL title?
Yes, I think they can. If you’ve won it once, you can defend it.
It’s a case of playing one game at a time, and not thinking too many games ahead”. Does the Council have a sister city relationship with potentially an opponent of the Wanderers in the ACL, like in Korea, Japan or China? Is this an opportunity to leverage off the games? “Absolutely; we have a couple of sister city relationships. Now with Fox Sports TV, we now can watch more Asian teams. It’s not just the game of football; it’s the trade and the other benefits that we can get from sport. When a Japanese or Korean team comes out, we can show them around Parramatta and western Sydney. We are the growth centre for Australia, and what better way than to top it off by a day of touring around the western Sydney and then watching the match against the Wanderers”.
Lord Mayor re-affirms strong partnership with the Wanderers
ROUND FIVE Wellington Phoenix 1 (Burns 80’) Western Sydney Wanderers 0 Adelaide United 0 Sydney FC 0 Attendance: 16,015 Newcastle Jets 2 (Jaliens 31’, Griffiths 33’) Melbourne Victory 2 (Khalfallah 36’, Berisha 48’) Attendance: 11,884 Brisbane Roar 1 (Brandon Borrello 67’) Melbourne City 3 (David Williams 8’, Mate Du- gandzic 10’, Marc Marino 83’) Attendance: 17, 131 Central Coast Mariners 0 Perth Glory 1 (Marinkovic 43’) Attendance: 6,391 THIS WEEK TOP GOAL SCORERS SCOREBOARD Melbourne Victory 4.20 Adelaide United 5.50 Sydney FC 5.50 Perth Glory 7.50 Wanderers 10.00 Melbourne City 10.00 Wellington Phoenix 12.00 Brisbane Roar 15.00 Central Coast Mariners 18.00 Newcastle Jets 23.00 A-League Title 2014/15 AGAINST ALL ODDS Round 06 Fixture Venue Local AEDT Friday 14 Nov Newcastle Jets v Brisbane Roar Hunter Stadium 7:30 PM 7:30 PM Saturday 15 Nov Adelaide Utd v Phoenix Coopers Stadium 4:30 PM 5:00 PM Saturday 15 Nov Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory Allianz Stadium 7:45 PM 7:45 PM Saturday 15 Nov Perth Glory v Wanderers nib Stadium 6:45 PM 9:45 PM Sunday 16 Nov Melbourne City v Mariners AAMI Park 5:00 PM 5:00 PM NEXT WEEK Round 07 Fixture Venue Local AEDT Friday 21 Nov Melb Victory v Brisbane Roar Etihad Stadium 7:30 PM 7:30 PM Saturday 22 Nov Wanderers v Newcastle Jets Pirtek Stadium 5:00 PM 5:00 PM Saturday 22 Nov Melbourne City v Sydney FC AAMI Park 7:45 PM 7:45 PM Saturday 22 Nov Perth Glory v Wellington Phoenix nib Stadium 6:45 PM 9:45 PM Sunday 23 Nov Mariners v Adelaide United Central Coast Stdm 5:00 PM 5:00 PM B.
Berisha Melb Victory 5 N. Burns Wellington 4 A. Keogh Perth Glory 4 J. MacLaren Perth Glory 3 M. McGlinchey Wellington 3 A. Thompson Melb Victory 3 F. B.Khalfallah Melb Victory 2 M. Bridge Wanderers 2 Cirio Adelaide Utd 2 B. Djité Adelaide Utd 2 C. Gameiro Sydney 2 J. Griffiths Newcastle 2 David Villa Melbourne City 2 T. Antonis Sydney FC 1 B. Borello Brisbane 1 MATCH STATS GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER P W D L F A GD Pts Last 5 matches 1. Perth Glory 5 4 0 1 8 6 +2 12 W W L W W 2. Melbourne Victory 5 3 2 0 14 6 +8 11 D W W D W 3. Sydney FC 5 3 2 0 8 3 +5 11 D W W W D 4. Adelaide United 5 3 2 0 7 3 +4 11 D W W D W 5.
Wellington Phoenix 5 3 0 2 8 6 +2 9 W L W W L 6. Melbourne City 5 1 2 2 8 10 -2 5 W L L D D 7. Central Coast 4 1 0 3 2 5 -3 3 L L L W 8. Newcastle Jets 5 0 2 3 5 10 -5 2 D L L D L 9. Brisbane Roar 4 0 0 4 4 10 -6 0 L L L L 10.Western Sydney 3 0 0 3 3 8 -5 0 L L L
www.goalweekly.com 9 Wellington Phoenix embark on a two-game road trip with not only three points in the bag but a whole heap of confidence in their possession too following Friday night’s 1-0 win over the Western Sydney Wanderers. In ways it was more impressive than the 4-1 win over Newcastle a fortnight ear- lier and underlined Wellington’s playoff ambitions this term. But there’s plenty to water down any overenthusiasm across the ditch. Western Sydney has done more wan- dering in recent weeks than ever before, only a handful of first-choice regulars started and the recently-crowned Asian champions might have been forgiven an off-night after handing the A-League one big reason to celebrate in Saudi Arabia a week earlier.
But they were certainly off their game on Friday, beaten by a margin which could well have been uglier. Nikita Rukavytsya and Tomi Juric were starved of the ball and forced to counter-attack due to Louis Fenton’s continued desire to get forward before being replaced due to injury. Fenton retained his spot in the starting eleven and could have rewarded Mer- rick’s faith in first-half stoppage time but incredibly Michael McGlinchey’s set piece wide with the goal at his mercy. Earlier Roly Bonevacia had shot straight at Ante Covic and Wellington’s domi- nance had gone unrewarded due to their failure to hit the killer pass in behind.
Roy Krishna partnered Nathan Burns after 70 minutes and the Fijian did not disappoint once introduced.
He would have scored within seconds but for the desperate intervention of Matthew Spiranovic, who himself had been thwarted earlier by a point-blank save by Glen Moss in one of the only truly threatening moments for the Wan- derers all night. But a match which appeared to be heading for a goalless draw swung in the Phoenix’s favour with ten minutes to play when Krishna teed up Burns’ fourth goal of the season. It was a deserved winner for the Phoenix, whose fans could then remove their shirts for the final moments, as is cus- tomary in New Zealand’s capital. McGlinchey could have doubled Wellington’s advantage but his poor penalty – which, in truth, should never have been given – was saved by Covic to ensure a nervy finale.
The Phoenix are within touching distance of the A-League summit before heading to Adelaide without their All Whites contingent, while the kings of Asia are joint-bottom with some work to do ahead of a long trip to the league-leading Perth Glory. GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER A-League Match Report Round 5 Wellington Phoenix 1 (Burns 80’) Western Sydney Wanderers 0 Wellington Phoenix 1. Glen Moss, 2. Manny Muscat, 18. Ben Sigmund, 22. Andrew Durante (C), 16. Louis Fenton (Michael Boxall 74’), 17. Vince Lia, 4. Roly Bonevacia, 8. Alex Rodriguez (Roy Krishna 70’), 10. Michael Mcglinchey, 13.
Albert Riera, 9. Nathan Burns Unused Substitutes: Lewis Italiano, Matthew Ridenton, Jeremy Brockie Yellow Cards: Rodriguez, Durante Red Cards: Nil Western Sydney Wanderers 1. Ante Covic, 33. Daniel Mullen, 4. Nikolai Topor-Stanley (C), 13. Matthew Spiranovic, 18. Iacopo La Rocca, 23. Jason Trifiro, 17. Romeo Castelen, 12. Nikita Rukavytsya (Jaushua Sotirio 75’), 9. Tomi Juric, 31. Alusine Fofanah, 22. Seyi Adeleke Unused Substitutes: Dean Bouzanis, Daniel Alessi, Yianni Perkatis, Labinot Haliti Yellow Cards: Covic, Topor-Stanley Red Cards: Nil Man Of The Match: Albert Riera (Wellington) MATCH DETAILS Report: JOE GALLAGHER Photos: ANDREW TURNER Phoenix beat Asian Champs!
WELLINGTON PHOENIX 1 Western Sydney Wanderers
www.goalweekly.com 10 Fans at Coopers Stadium salute the late Johnny Warren during the 74th minute of the match, in a weekend that marked the tenth anniversary of the former Socceroo’s passing.
www.goalweekly.com 11 Adelaide United shared a goalless draw with Sydney FC on a hot Friday night at Coopers Stadium but in no means was this a dyer fest. Hitting the woodwork, disallowed goals and some poor finishing were all part of a decent draw, but both sides may feel like they had dropped two points.
Adelaide United hit the post twice while Currusca should have tied the three points in stoppage time but instead went agonizingly wide. Sydney FC felt hard done by though with a quick thinking free kick chalked off in the second half.
Both sides were eager to maintain their great start to the campaign, with both clubs in touching distance of the top. The 16,000 that packed into Coopers Stadium mjst have felt they were in for a treat right from the off, as Sydney’s Janko fired the first shot of the game after just 13 seconds. Just after a quarter of an hour, the visitors should have had a penalty. Janko took the ball around Boogard just inside the penalty area and crossed it into the box. Goodwin was on hand, quite literaly, to see the ball out for a corner. Sydney’s appeals were not rewarded.
Injustice was almost complete though as Adelaide hit Sydney on the break after the resulting corner.
Cirio set up Currusca in what’s turning out to be a great partner- ship, but the star-man couldn’t do enough with his effort. United struck the post twice before the break. Currusca again inches away from converting while Cirio failing to slot home from an excellent Malik pass.. Mabil was lively after the break with three great chances to score, but it was Sydney who had the better chance. Twenty minutes into the second half, Ni- gel Boogard recued the reds with a superb goal saving header from a Ryall shot. But the games talking point came when Petkovic took a quick free kick which beat Galekovic, only to have the play brough back.
Replays showed though that the referee did not ask to wait for the whistle, which left the Sky Blues fuming. Then from the resulting replayed free kick, Janko struck the upright after the looping free kick caused havoc in the Adelaide back line.
Both sides pressed for a winner but the game ended in what appeared to be a deserving draw. GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER A-League Match Report Round 5 Adelaide United 0 Sydney FC 0 Attendance: 16,015 Adelaide United: Galekovic (c), Boogaard, Malik, Isaias, Cirio, Car- rusca, Djite (Marrone 45’), Goodwin, Mabil (Kamau 82’), Jeggo, Elrich Sydney FC: Ryall (Bojic 88’), Ognenovski, Petkovic (c), Gameiro (Smeltz 73’), Dimitrijevic, Ibini-Isei, Naumoff (Gersbach 62’), Antonis, Janjetovic, Janko, Abbas Scorers: Nil Red cards: Nil Yellow cards: Ognenovski (20’), Elrich (33’), Boogaard (71’), Janko (77’), Ryall (87’), Isaias (90’+1), Ibini (90’+3) Attendance: 16,015 MATCH DETAILS Reds and Sky Blues Locked in Stalemate Report: MATT MAYS Photos: ADAM BUTLER Adelaide United Sydney FC
www.goalweekly.com 12 Joel Griffiths salutes the Hunter Stadium crowd after converting from the penalty spot.
www.goalweekly.com 13 Newcastle Jets are still searching for their first win of the Hyundai A-League season after squandering a two- goal lead to draw 2-2 with Melbourne Victory at Hunter Stadium on Saturday. The home side looked on track for a drought-breaking win when goals to skip- per Kew Jaliens and Joel Griffiths had Phil Stubbins’ side 2-0 up inside 33 minutes. The deadlock was broken after David Carney’s corner to the near post was flicked on by Taylor Regan, with Jaliens getting free of his marker, slamming into the roof of the net from close range.
The score was doubled in favour of the home side when referee Strebre Delovski adjudged Ben Khalfallah had brought down Scott Neville in the box, Griffiths coolly converted from the spot with a powerful finish to Nathan Coe’s left. But the Victory showed all their class to fight back, first through Fahid Ben Khalfallah nine minutes before the break before Besart Berisha leveled things up early in the second half.
Victory pulled one back when the danger appeared to be cleared after Jets ‘keeper Mark Birighitti blocked Besart Berisha’s effort. But the rebound was volleyed back across goal by Gui Finkler, bouncing perfectly into the path of the Tunisian (pictured above) to head home. The scores were levelled after Ben Khalfal- lah’s sublime first-time pass split the Jets’ centre-backs, with Berisha sent through on goal before slotting it low past Mark Birighitti. Jets skipper Kew Jaliens couldn’t hide his frustratation, “We’re disappointed. If you’re 2-0 in front you have to take it home. It’s disappointing the way they equalized but we still have one point, we have to learn from this game and keep going.” Victory skipper Mark Milligan was reflective after the match, “We’ll take a point after the start that we had.
You can’t give teams a 2-0 lead and expect to take three points. It’s credit to the boys showed tremendous character to come back into the game, especially in tough conditions.” Victory defender Scott Galloway was forced off just after the hour mark with a knee injury, which could have his involvement with the Olyroos for their upcoming tour next week in doubt. The Jets are still searching for their first win but will take plenty of confidence out of more than matching the unbeaten league-leaders. The new-look surface at Hunter Stadium held up quite well also and should be even better for the visit of champions Brisbane Roar on Friday night.
GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER A-League Match Report Round 5 Newcastle Jets 2 (Jaliens 31’, Griffiths 33’) Melbourne Victory 2 (Khalfallah 36’, Berisha 48’) Attendance: 11,884 Newcastle Jets: Birighitti, Neville (Galloway 54’), Regan, Jaliens, Kantarovski, Caravella, Griffiths (Hoole 77’), Gallagher, Montano, Welsh (Flores 84’), Carney Melbourne Victory: Coe, Milligan, Broxham, Finkler, Berisha (Thomp- son 70’), Barbarouses, Khalfallah, Georgievski, Valeri, Leijer (Mahazi 77’), Galloway (Murnane 60’) Scorers: Jaliens (31’), Griffiths (33’), Ben Khalfallah (36’), Berisha (48’) Red cards: N/A Yellow cards: Welsh (63’), Montano (66’), Leijer (75’), Flores (90+3’) MATCH DETAILS Report: FFA Photos: BEN NEVILLE First win eludes Jets 2 Newcastler Jets Melbourne Victory 2
www.goalweekly.com 14 Melbourne City embrace as a ten game run without a win finally comes to an end.
www.goalweekly.com 15 Brisbane’s title defence suffered another blow on Saturday night as the Roar was downed 3-1 by Melbourne City. Goals from David Williams, Mate Du- gandzic and Marc Marino condemned the home side to its fourth successive defeat and added fuel to the fire that there are problems behind the scenes at the River City club. The departure of Liam Miller during the week dominated the media but was met with a collective shrug by the majority of fans as with Matt McKay returning from suspension and the unconvincing Mel- bourne City arriving at Suncorp normal order was expected to be returned.
Those expectations lasted all of eight minutes when David Williams slid a shot past Jamie Young to give City a 1-0 lead. Brisbane’s defence had been undone by a simple long ball from Patrick Kisnorbo and two minutes later a similar outlet pass would also catch the Roar out.
This time the pass came from former Brisbane star Erik Paartalu, and a lack of communication between Roar defenders Jade North and the recalled Jack Hingert let in Mate Dugandzic. Dugandzic didn’t waste his opportunity, powering a low shot underneath Young on its way into the net. Brisbane had played into City’s hands, its high defensive line combined with a lack of pace at the back was exploited perfectly by Melbourne and the home side was visibly shocked at being two goals down after enjoying the better of the play. With eighty minutes still to play there was plenty of time for Brisbane to get back into the match but it wasn’t until the 67th minute that the scoreboard read 2-1.
Brandon Borello, brought on at half-time for an ill Dmitri Petratos, was the man in the right place at the right time as he got a fortunate touch on a Matt McKay shot that guided the ball past a helpless Andrew Redmayne.
The goal was due reward for Brisbane’s efforts up to that point but Melbourne had rarely looked troubled and aside two instances, courtesy of McKay and Steven Lustica, Redmayne had little to worry about. City sealed their win in the 83rd minute through substitute Marc Marino, who scored his maiden A-League goal after getting on the end of a smart low cross from fellow sub James Brown. It was a satisfying performance from City whom now having chalked up their first win, post-David Villa no less, and having also announced the signing of Josh Kennedy are starting to look like a club on the up.
GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER A-League Match Report Round 5 Brisbane Roar 1 (Brandon Borrello 67’) Melbourne City 3 (David Williams 8’, Mate Dugandzic 10’, Marc Marino 83’) Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Referee: Kris Griffiths-Jones Brisbane Roar: 2.
Matthew Smith (C), 3. Shane Stefanutto, 8. Steven Lustica (7. Mensur Kurtishi 80’), 10. Henrique, 13. Jade North, 17. Matt Mckay, 18. Luke Brattan, 19. Jack Hingert (15. James Donachie 46’), 21. Jamie Young (Gk), 22. Thomas Broich, 23. Dimitri Petratos (28. Brandon Borrello 46’). Yellow Cards: Nil Red Cards: Nil Melbourne City: 1. Andrew Red- mayne (Gk), 3. Robbie Wielaert, 5. Erik Paartalu, 6. Aaron Mooy, 7. Iain Ramsay, 11. Damien Duff, 15. David Williams (26. Marc Marino 75’), 17. Jason Hoffman, 18. Paulo Retre (25. Jacob Melling, 23. Mate Dugandzic (14. James Brown 69’), 24. Patrick Kisnorbo (C).
Yellow Cards: 18. Paulo Retre (20’), 25. Jacob Melling (66’), 23. Mate Dugandzic (78’) Red Cards: Nil MATCH DETAILS Report: JARROD ELLIS Photos: KEITH EIGELAND City Make it Four for Roar 3 Melbourne City Brisbane Roar 1
Perth Glory’s Neboja Marinkovic curles in the winning goal from a splendid free-kick.
www.goalweekly.com 17 The Central Coast Mariners’ under- whelming start to Season 10 of the Hyundai A-League continued Sunday evening with a 1-0 loss to ladder-leaders Perth Glory in Gosford. A sublime Ne- bojsa Marinkovic free kick less than five minutes before half-time ultimately earnt Perth the points, stunning the Mariners faithful and giving Phil Moss fresh head- aches ahead of a trip to Melbourne City in Round 6.
The Central Coast boss remarked in the post-game press conference that his side had completely dominated the first half. Kenny Lowe conceded the Mariners played some “good stuff”, without taking their chances. They did indeed enjoy al- most two-thirds of possession throughout the game but, with Glory marquee man Andy Keogh so far this season scoring double what the Mariners have been able to put in the net, they need to find goals and fast.
The game started brightly for the Mari- ners. They were able to find space easily down the left flank, debutant left back Michael Neill and Nick Fitzgerald getting into promising positions with regularity. However, Perth also looked keen from the off, trekking forward comfortably through the middle of the park. The goal, though, was to come from a set piece – the demonstrative Marinkovic proving a different class over the dead ball, his free kick arrowing into the top right-hand corner from 30 yards. The best of the Mariners’ chances in the first period went to Mitchell Duke who latched onto a Vukovic rebound off a spilled shot by Caceres but wasn’t able to beat the Perth stopper from close range.
Perth were the dominant force as the second half commenced, putting Central Coast under pressure in midfield, stifling their creativity and continuing to look dangerous through the middle and on the left edge. There was a sense of inevitability about the result as the half wore on, the Mariners displaying a similar lethargy in attack to last week’s clash with Sydney FC. Duke again had the Mariners’ best chance of the second stanza after substitute Mal- ick Mane got into a good position from a throw-in and cut the ball back but Duke shot straight at Vukovic.
Perth were content to play on the counter after going ahead and were unfortunate not to add a second goal in the latter stages of the game as the Mariners pushed for an equaliser. But it wasn’t to be for the boys from the Coast and a much-im- proved performance will be required against a rejuvenated Melbourne City outfit on Sunday. GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER A-League Match Report Round 5 Marinkovic magic sinks Mariners Central Coast Mariners 0 Perth Glory 1 (Marinkovic 43’) Central Coast Stadium, Gosford Referee: Peter Green Attendance: 6,391 Central Coast Mariners FC: 2. Storm ROUX, 4.
Jacob POSCOLIERO, 7. John HUTCHINSON (C), 9. Mitchell DUKE, 10. Anthony CACERES, 11. Nick FITZGERALD (17. Richard VERNES 82’), 12. Liam REDDY (Gk), 18. Glen TRIFIRO (14. Malick MANÉ 78’), 21. Michael NEILL, 23. Isaka CERNAK (15. Matt SIM 61’), 25. Eddy BOSNAR Substitutes not used: 1. Matt NASH (Gk), 3. Josh ROSE Yellow cards: Hutchinson Red cards: Nil Perth Glory FC: 1. Danny VUKOVIC (Gk), 5. Rostyn GRIFFITHS (13. Diogo FERREIRA 77’), 6. Dino DJULBIC, 7. Youssouf HERSI, 9. Andrew KEOGH, 10. Nebojša MARINKOVIC (11. Richard GARCIA 74’), 15. Jamie MACLAREN (20. Daniel DE SILVA 71’), 17. Mitchell NICHOLS, 19.
Joshua RISDON, 21. Scott JAMIESON, 23. Michael THWAITE (C) Substitutes not used: 2. Jack CLISBY, 30. Jordan THURTELL (Gk) Yellow cards: Nil Red cards: Nil MATCH DETAILS Report: JEREMY SLOUGH Photos: MATT WETHERILL Central Coast Mariners 1 PERTH GLORY
Compiled by Nick Amies Vedran Janjetovic Sydney FC Consecutive appear- ances in our TOTW for Janjetovic after keeping his side in the match against a tor- rent of shots from the Adelaide attack. Josh Risdon Perth Glory Rarely troubled in Gos- ford on Sunday by the Mariners, even when Michael Neill pushed forward to create a nu- merical advantage. Rob Wielaart Melbourne City Successfully shack- led the dangerous Henrique at Suncorp Stadium while his teammates scored the winning goals. Con- ceded a late goal to Brandon Borello, but by that point the game was out of reach. Kew Jaliens Newcastle Jets The Polish defender put in a real captain’s knock, finding the back of the net and acting as a calming presence at the back as the Victory pushed for three points.
Craig Goodwin Adelaide United Played in defence to start and the pushed forward late on, a versatile player and continues to show his ability in all areas of the game. Mate Dugandzic Melbourne City Played in his preferred role on the wing Dugandzic showed the league what he’s capable of, scoring one and setting up another to help his side to victory. David Williams Melbourne City Moved out of the spotlight by another David at the beginning of the season, Wil- liams returned to the starting eleven with a vengeance against the Roar with an early goal and an impres- sive performance. Roly Bonevacia Wellington Phoenix A shrewd acquisition by Ernie Merrick, Bo- nevacia has slotted in perfectly across the ditch and triggered the break that ended with Nathan Burns’ game-winning goal.
Marcelo CARRUSCA Adelaide United Regardless of his ques- tionable finishing skills on Friday, Carrusca was once again one of the best on ground with an array of fine touches. Nebo Marinkovic Perth Glory Struggled last season after arriving in January, but the journeyman is showing signs of class. Scored the winner on Sunday with a sumptu- ous free-kick from 30 yards.
Ben Khalfallah Melbourne Victory The Tunisian winger once again showed his quality on the left, this tim against Newcastle and is already proving to be somewhat of a cult hero at this early stage of the season. A-LEAGUE TEAM OF THE WEEK ROUND 05 Jaliens Janjetovic Carrusca www.goalweekly.com 18
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www.goalweekly.com 20 14th November 1959 - Former England (43 caps), Nottingham Forest, QPR and Rangers goalkeeper Chris Woods is born in Swineshead, Lincolnshire. 14th November 1934 - Dave Mackay, former Scottish football player and manager born.
Mackay is best remembered for a highly successful playing career with Heart of Midlothian, the Double winning Tottenham Hotspur side of 1961, and winning the league with Derby County as a manager. He also represented Scotland 22 times, and was selected for their 1958 FIFA World Cup squad.
15th November 1982 - Matilda Pamela Grant born. Capped 3 times, she represented Australia at the 2003 World Cup in a 2-1 loss to Ghana. 16 November 1955 - Zarko Odzakov born in Skopje. Midfield genius who represented Australia 13 times in full international matches between 1985-87. Ralé Rašic in 2006 picked Odžakov in his greatest Socceroo team. He played for FK Vardar, Preston Makedonia, Sydney Croatia and Blacktown City. 16 November 2005 - Australia qualify for their first World Cup in 32 years after Socceroo goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer made two saves, and John Aloisi scoring the winning penalty in a shootout against Uruguay.
17 November 1958 - New Zealand World Cup 1982 goalkeeper Frank van Hattum is born in New Plymouth. His international career started in 1980, and he played a total of 41 times for his country including unofficial matches. Was voted 2nd behnid Mark Bosnich as Oceania Goalkpper of the Century and more recently has served as director on the NZFA board. GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER 18th November 1959 - 56th Birthday of Jimmy Quinn, Northern Irish footballer and football manager 20th November 1981 - German international striker Cacau is born in Brazil. Capped 23 times for Germany, he scored his first of six international goals for Germany in the group stage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup on 13 June 2010, coming on as a substitute against Australia in Durban, and scoring in 1-minute 52 seconds to make it 4–0.
He later received a yellow card for diving in the match. He now plays in the J-league for Osaka. 20 November 1967 - Stuart Ripley is born. He is a former English professional footballer, who played as a winger from 1985 until 2002, notably for Blackburn Rovers where it won the English Premier League in 1995. He earned two national caps for England. His son, Connor Ripley, is a goalkeeper and plays for Middlesbrough. In 2010 Ripley became a qualified solicitor. He is a member of FA’s Judicial Panel hearing cases relating to matters such as doping, safeguarding, agent activity and discrimi- nation.
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www.goalweekly.com 21 GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER Jets v Roar Fri 14 Nov Hunter Stdm 7:30PM A-League Preview Round 6 Shaun Dyas Jets and Roar in must-win Clash The Odds Head to Head Kiss of Death Jets 1-1 Roar Played 27 Jets 11 Draws 7 Roar 9 Newcastle 2.40 Draw 3.45 Brisbane 2.75 • Newcastle Jets won all three of their A-League games against Brisbane Roar last season. • Brisbane have lost all four of their A-League games so far this season – they haven’t lost five A-League games in a row since Dec 2011.
It is the team who needs to learn how to win against the team who has forgotten.
You would have received long odds on both the Jets and the Roar going into the sixth round of matches with nei- ther side winning, but that is the situ- ation that awaits us on Friday night at Hunter Stadium. Mike Mulvey’s defending champi- ons come to town as the first team in A-League history to lose their first four encounters of a new season. Luckily for them they face a Jets side who are finding it just as difficult to salute. Newcastle’s problem is completely different. They have been in the po- sition to win on numerous occasions this season.
In round one they outplayed arch nemesis Central Coast Mariners for large portions of the contest, only to succumb to a 92nd minute Mitchell Duke strike.
Against both Melbourne City and Perth Glory they lead at crucial stages of the match, only to let themselves down by conceding late, soft goals. Last week they led the star-studded Melbourne Victory 2-0 in their first home game of the season, only to again allow a couple of sloppy goals for the Victory to escape with a share of the spoils. The first goal conceded last week was poor. Scott Neville got caught behind his centre back pairing of Kew Jaliens and Taylor Regan, allowing Besart Berisha to get in behind and eventual- ly let Fahid Ben Khalfallah score. Phil Stubbins will have worked long and hard during the week in a bid to eradicate these defensive deficiencies.
As poorly as Brisbane have started the season, their outfit still boasts more than enough quality to unlock any A-League defence.
Thomas Broich still remains arguably the best import to grace the compe- tition and will have no trouble feed- ing the ball in for the likes of Mensur Kurtishi and Henrique if the Jets con- tinue to struggle defensively. It will also be interesting to see just how Mulvey reacts to his team’s fourth loss on the bounce. Whether he makes personnel or tac- tical changes will be very interesting to see. Most sides have found out how to unsettle the Roar with a high pressing game against their commitment to al- ways play the ball out from the back. If Mulvey doesn’t tinker with this soon, they Roar could leave them- selves with too much to do.
ALL KO TIMES ARE LOCAL 1. Michael Theo (Gk) 2. Matt Smith (C) 3. Shane Stefanutto 4. Adam Sarota 5. Corey Brown 6. George Lambadaridis 7. Mensur Kurtišhi 8. Steven Lustica 10. Henrique 11. Liam Miller 12. Carlos Solorzano 13. Jade North 14. Daniel Bowles 15. James Donachie 16. Devante Clut 17. Matt Mckay 18. Luke Brattan 19. Jack Hingert 20. Kofi Danning 21. Jamie Young (Gk) 22. Thomas Broich 23. Dimitri Petratos 27. Ben Litfin 28. Brandon Borrello 29. Patrick Theodore 1. Mark Birighitti (Gk) 2. Scott Neville 3. Taylor Regan 4. Kew Jaliens (C) 5. Ben Kantarovski 6. Adrian Madaschi 7. Jeronimo Neumann 8.
Zenon Caravella 9. Joel Griffiths 10. Marcos Flores 11. Andrew Hoole 12. Sam Gallagher 13. Edson Montano 14. Billy Celeski 15. Josh Barresi 16. Jacob Pepper 17. James Virgili 18. Allan Welsh 19. Mitch Cooper 20. Ben Kennedy (Gk) 21. Sam Gallaway 22. Jonny Steele 23. David Carney 25. Brandon Lundy 30. John Solari (Gk)
GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER Adelaide Utd v Phoenix Sat 15 Nov Coopers 4:30PM A-League Preview Round 6 Two in-form teams meet up in a top of the table encounter this Satur- day afternoon as Wellington Phoenix land in Adelaide to take on the Reds. Adelaide will be looking to push on after reaching the FFA Cup Final midweek with a 3-2 win over the Mar- iners, while Phoenix are flying high in confidence after pushing aside the Asian champions last weekend. However, the game midweek has had cause for concern from boss Gombau, with the short preparation time for Saturdays game in comparison with the FFA Cup game midweek.
“The Cup game is not a problem because it is five days (turnaround),” Gombau said. “Five days is enough.” “The problem will be on Saturday where we will have just three days. We need to manage and see happens with Bruce, if Fabio (Ferrei- ra) and Pablo (Sanchez) are ready.” Some good and bad news there. Ad- elaide United were rueing their missed chances last round, firing blanks against a strong Sydney side, and with Bruce Djite now sidelined now for a number of weeks, they will be looking for their continental stars to step up and score some much needed goals.
But Ferriera and Sanchez both played some much needed minutes midweek which gives the boss plenty to think about.
The Wellington Phoenix though are enjoying one of the best starts to an A-League season to date, sitting in the mix at the other end of the table where they are usually are. It’s a pleasant change of scenery and after last weeks result against Western Sydney, Josep Gombau and co will be on their toes. However the Phoenix are on a tough road trip. With this trip to Adelaide followed by another long haul flight to Perth, having their New Zealand inter- nationals away on duty in China and Thailand is yet another thistle in their stem which will test their grit. But Merrick believes his side are in good stead and the mentality in the dressing room is in good shape follow- ing last weeks result.
“I think the mind set of let’s go out and win and play good football is becoming instilled in the players. “It helps to have players like Roly [Bonevacia] and Mikey [McGlinchey] who can play different positions because we now have that mobility which means we can bring on the likes of Roy [Krishna].” Adelaide have a very good record against Phoenix, especially at home. However this time around this could potentially be a banana skin for the Reds. With Phoenix high on confi- dence, and Adelaide having to play just 4 days prior, I can see a close tie ahead. • Adelaide have scored in each of their last 10 A-League meetings with Wellington Phoenix, averaging two goals a game in these matches.
• Wellington have lost five of their last six away trips in the A-League to Adelaide (W1). Matt Mays REDS WELCOME HIGH-FLYING PHOENIX The Odds Head to Head Played 21 Draws 10 Adelaide 6 Phoenix 5 Adelaide Utd 1.65 Draw 3.75 Phoenix 5.00 Kiss of Death Adelaide 1-1 Phoenix ALL KO TIMES ARE LOCAL 1. Eugene Galekovic (captain) 2. Michael Marrone 3. Nigel Boogaard 4. Dylan McGowan 5. Osama Malik 6. Cássio (vice-captain) 7. Pablo Sánchez 8. Isaías 9. Cirio 10. Marcelo Carrusca 11. Bruce Djite 12. Mark Ochieng 13. Dylan Smith 14. Cameron Watson 15. Ben Warland 16. Craig Goodwin 17. Awer Mabil 18.
James Jeggo 20. Paul Izzo 21. Tarek Elrich 22. Fábio Ferreira 23. Jordan Elsey 24. Bruce Kamau 30. John Hall 32. Nathan Konstandopoulos www.goalweekly.com 22 1. Glen Moss 2. Manny Muscat 3. Reece Caira 4. Roly Bonevacia 5. Michael Boxall 6. Josh Brindell-South 7. Kenny Cunningham 8. Alejandro Gorrin 9. Nathan Burns 10. Michael McGlinchey 11. Jeremy Brockie 12. Tyler Boyd 13. Albert Riera 14. Alex Rufer 15. Jason Hicks 16. Louis Fenton 17. Vince Lia 18. Ben Sigmund (vice-captain) 19. Tom Doyle 20. Lewis Italiano 21. Roy Krishna 22. Andrew Durante (captain) 23. Matthew Ridenton
www.goalweekly.com 23 GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER Sydney FC v Melb Victory Sat 15 Nov Allianz 7:45 PM A-League Preview Round 6 Alex Porter Rivals set for The Big Blue Both Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory have experienced their respective domestic derbies already this season, but with both sides sitting equal near the top of the A-league ladder on 11 points there is every chance that this fixture, the Big Blue, could blow them out of the water for the atmosphere and intensity on the night. Despite both sides missing key personnel due to injuries and the international fixture window, of which Graham Arnold was particu- larly vocal in his disappointment regarding the timing, both the form of each team in the opening stages of this year and the often volatile history of this fixture all but guaran- tees a talking point of some kind at the final whistle.
The only question that remains is who will provide the headline? Kevin Muscat is no stranger to controversy and despite no longer lacing up the boots himself has instilled an aggression and organ- isation in the Victory that will pro- vide perhaps the sternest test of the Sky Blue’s season thus far. Sydney on the other hand have a playing roster with such creativity and depth that Nick Carle has spent the majority of his season on the bench, however with Austrian Marquee Marc Janko away on international duties and with young gun Terry Antonis only a 50/50 chance to play due to an unfortunate car accident the stage may well be set for a classic Carle renaissance.
Despite a combined total of 9 play- ers across both teams called away on international duty this shapes as the game of the round and potentially the fixture of the year, with the team that comes away victorious not only gaining ‘Big Blue’ bragging rights but pulling away from the chasing pack. With the sub plots running thick behind the scenes, from Melbourne Victory facing ownership structure changes with the recent sale of 4.5 million shares, to Sydney’s Ali Abbas being refused clearance to rep- resent his native Iraq this weekend, the fuse has seemingly been lit for game that will light up the league.
The question remains though, which side will shine brightest? 1. Nathan Coe 2. Jason Geria 4. Nick Ansell 5. Mark Milligan (captain) 6. Leigh Broxham (vice-captain) 7. Gui Finkler 8. Besart Berisha 9. Kosta Barbarouses 10. Archie Thompson 11. Connor Pain 13. Andrew Nabbout 14. Fahid Ben Khalfallah 15. Daniel Georgievski 16. Rashid Mahazi 17. Matthieu Delpierre 18. Dylan Murnane 20. Lawrence Thomas 21. Carl Valeri 22. Jesse Makarounas 23. Adrian Leijer (2nd vice-captain) 24. Scott Galloway 26. Jordan Brown The Odds Head to Head Kiss of Death Sydney FC 2-1 Victory Played 31 Sydney FC 7 Draws 14 Victory 10 Sydney FC 2.35 Draw 3.50 Melb Victory 2.80 • Melbourne Victory have won just one of their last 10 A-League games away at Sydney FC (W1 D6 L3 - inc.
• Sydney FC have scored in nine successive A-League meetings with Melbourne Victory, but they have only kept a clean sheet in two of these. 1. Ivan Necevski 2. Sebastian Ryall 3. Saša Ognenovski (vice captain) 4. Pedj Bojic 5. Matthew Jurman 6. Nikola Petkovic (vice captain) 7. Corey Gameiro 8. Miloš Dimitrijevic 9. Shane Smeltz 11. Bernie Ibini-Isei 12. Hagi Gligor 13. Alex Gersbach 14. Alex Brosque (captain) 16. Chris Naumoff 17. Terry Antonis 18. Peter Triantis 19. Nick Carle 20. Vedran Janjetovic 21. Marc Janko 22. Ali Abbas 23. Rhyan Grant 30. Anthony Bouzanis
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Scott Neville, 3. Taylor Regan, 6. Adrian Madaschi, 18. Allan Middle Row: 25. Brandon Lundy, 21. Sam Gallaway, 1. Mark Birighitti (Gk), 20. Ben Kennedy Front Row: 5. Ben Kantarovski, 14. Billy Celeski, 12. Sam Gallagher, 4. Kew Jaliens (C) ABSENT: 8. Zenon Caravella
www.goalweekly.com 25 STLE JETS SEASON 2014/15 , 18. Allan Welsh, 10. Marcos Flores, 22. Jonny Steele, 13. Edson Montano. n Kennedy (Gk), 30. John Solari (Gk), 16. Jacob Pepper, 11. Andrew Hoole, 19. Mitch Cooper. Jaliens (C), 9. Joel Griffiths, 23. David Carney, 7. Jeronimo Neumann, 17. James Virgili Caravella, 15. Josh Barresi.
26 www.goalweekly.com GOAL! WEEKLY FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER Perth Glory v Wanderers Sat 15 Nov nib Stdm 6:45 PM A-League Preview Round 6 Hyundai A-League leaders Perth Glory go head-to-head with Asian Champions League winners Western Sydney Wanderers at the nib Stadium on Saturday night, and the home side will be looking for their first ever victory against the visitors (6.30pm - WA Time) Since joining the competition the Wanderers have had the wood on the Glory winning all but two games, the others were draws.
The Glory however have made a good start to the season, but Glory coach Kenny Lowe is playing down his side’s early season run of form. “It is early days for us, we’ve got a new squad, new coaches, but one thing that’s part of the club is everyone’s hungry. Coaches are hungry, players are hungry. Everyone’s in it for each other. Hopefully we can maximise that and have half a decent year,” he said.
The Glory will be without four squad members for the game with Mitch Nichols joining the Socceroos squad for the game in Japan, while Jamie Maclaren, Riley Woodcock and keeper Jack Duncan away with the Olyroos. But there is good news for the Glory, with the return of Chris Harold from injury, and he will be pressing for a spot in the squad, along with Brandon O’Neill. The Wanderers have continued their Champions League hangover, losing their opening three games to the new season, but Tony Popovic will have a full squad to choose from after their tough travel schedule in recent weeks. The Coach rested a number of players last week in their 1-0 defeat against Wellington Phoenix, but he was happy with the performance, and he will likely go back to the tried and tested players for the trip to the West.
“We’re quite positive. If we can build on that performance we’ve got a great chance of getting something in Perth. There are no excuses in that (changing) room. We move forward. Of course you want the result but you can take the positives from a good performance,” he said.
Youssouf Hersi comes up against his former club for the first time, the Dutch midfielder, has taken time to settle in at the nib Stadium, but the Wanderers players know what he can do. On the other hand Wanderers skipper Nicola Toper-Stanley returns to his former club; the 29-Year-old had a two year spell in the West, while Nikita Rukavytsya meets his former club for the first time since the club sold him to FC Twente in 2009. The last time the two sides met in the West was in round 20 last season the Wanderers winning 2-0, with Mateo Poljak and Tomi Juric on target. • Perth have started the season with four wins from their first five A-League games of the season – it took them 13 games to achieve four wins in 2013-14.
• Perth Glory have scored only two goals in six A-League meetings with the Wanderers. Peter Simcox Glory aim to break hoodoo The Odds Head to Head Kiss of Death Perth Glory 2-2 Wanderers Played 6 Glory 0 Draws 1 Wanderers 5 Perth Glory 2.35 Draw 3.40 Wanderers 2.85 1. Danny Vukovic 2. Jack Clisby 3. Brandon O’Neill 5. Rostyn Griffiths 6. Dino Đulbic 7. Youssouf Hersi 8. Ruben Zadkovich 9. Andy Keogh 10. Nebojša Marinkovic 11. Richard Garcia 13. Diogo Ferreira 14. Chris Harold 15. Jamie Maclaren 16. Sidnei 17. Mitch Nichols 18. Jack Duncan 19. Joshua Risdon 20. Daniel De Silva 21. Scott Jamieson 22.
Cameron Edwards 23. Michael Thwaite (Captain) 24. Matthew Davies 25. Riley Woodcock 26. Harry O’Brien 30. Jordan Thurtell 1. Ante Covic 2. Shannon Cole 3. Daniel Mullen 4. Nikolai Topor-Stanley (Captain) 5. Brendan Hamill 6. Antony Golec 7. Labinot Haliti 8. Tomi Juric 10. Vitor Saba 11. Brendon Šantalab 12.Nikita Rukavytsya 13. Matthew Spiranovic 14. Kwabena Appiah 15. Yianni Perkatis 17. Romeo Castelen 18. Iacopo La Rocca 19. Mark Bridge 20. Dean Bouzanis 22. Seyi Adeleke 23. Jason Trifiro 31. Alusine Fofanah 32. Daniel Alessi 34. Golgol Mebrahtu