A-League Review: Wanderers struggle after Cup success

Posted on Nov 10 2014 - 9:29pm by Simon Wilderspin

Melbourne City have recorded their first win of the season as they put current champions Brisbane to the sword at Suncor Stadium with a 3-1 victory.

Without the influence of their Spanish star David Villa (who has ended his loan spell with City), the visitors stormed out of the blocks and were two-up within ten minutes through goals from David Williams and Mate Dugandzic.

A fortuitous Brandon Borello goal seemed to give the home fans a sense of a comeback when the back of his head diverted Matt Mckay’s drive from outside the box.

But for the roar and their supporters, there was to be no fight back as the game was put beyond doubt when Marc Marino sealed the points in the 83rd minute.

Western Sydney Wanderers were brought back down to earth with an unconvincing bump as they went down 1-0 in Wellington.

The Phoenix were desperate to take advantage of their opponents recent travels and a second half goal from in-form striker Nathan Burns was enough to ensure the Asian Champions League winners remain pointless in the A-League ladder.

Phoenix, with their first clean sheet in seventeen games, could also afford the luxury of missing a late penalty with Wanderers’ keeper Ante Covic’s making the save to continue his good form.

A top of the table clash in Adelaide ending in a stalemate but not without controversy in an entertaining night game at Coopers Stadium.

Nikola Petkovic’s goal from a free-kick seemed to have put the visitors in front only for the celebrations to be cut short after the referee declared that he had yet to blow the whistle.

The goal, as hard earned as it was by the Sky Blues would have been harsh on the home side who enjoyed the majority of play and were only denied by Sydney’s resolute defending.

Newcastle Jets are still looking for their first A-League win of the season as they let slip a two-goal lead against Melbourne Victory, which takes the visitors second in the table.

Jets Skipper Kew Jaliens and a Joel Griffiths penalty had put the home side 2-0 up inside the opening 33 minutes at Hunter Stadium.

But Victory dug deep and fought back. Fahid Ben Khalfallah reduced the deficit before the break before Besart Berisha levelled things up early in the second half.

Perth Glory are the leaders of the A-League ladder after round 5 as they won away to Central Coast Mariners 1-0.

The home side were confined to a third straight defeat thanks to a stunning free kick from Nebojsa Marinkovic three minutes before half time.

The Mariners had their chances but stalwart Mitch Duke was unable to find a way past Danny Vukovic whilst the keeper also denied Malick Mane in the dying stages of the match.