Ross McCormack is the difference for Melbourne City
Another week, another Ross McCormack goal. The Scottish star broke the deadlock in the 59th minute to turn the game in City’s favour against the Mariners with a neat finish from close range, giving his side back-to-back wins.
McCormack is equal top of the A-League golden boot with seven goals so far this season, proving a more than adequate replacement for injured striker Bruno Fornaroli, who City have heavily relied on in recent seasons. McCormack is every chance to take home the award at season’s end while also guiding City to a finals berth.
Luck is on Newcastle’s side
It seems everything is going Newcastle’s way in the 2017/18 A-League season. The Jets’ stellar season looked like running into it’s first consecutive losses before a goal from Johnny Koutroumbis in the 88th minute was followed by an own goal from the Glory’s Jeremy Walker in the 92nd minute, gifting Newcastle the victory.
Walker was left embarrassed after attempting to clear a Newcastle corner and accidentally hitting the back of his own net. The win maintained the Jets’ position at second on the table.
The Wanderers are in a deep deep hole
Western Sydney football is looking far less bright than it was a few months ago. After a Round 1 victory and the appointment of highly-rated manager Josep Gombau in the weeks following, the Wanderers have slumped to eight straight win-less fixtures.
The Sydney Derby capped off their run of failures, conceding five goals without threatening the Sydney FC defence in an abysmal performance on their home deck, a real concern. Gombau has stated it will take months for the side to play the fluid football he envisions, so it’s looking like a rough time for Wanderers fans in the coming weeks.
Jamie Young is a quality goalkeeper
A largely uneventful 0-0 draw is often tough to analyse, but one lesson learned is to never underestimate Roar goalkeeper Jamie Young, who continued his impressive display of shot-stopping against the Phoenix.
Often maligned in seasons gone by, Young parried away attempts from short and long distance to keep the deadlock at nil all for the home side, securing a vital point which could easily have been lost, lifting the Roar up to sixth position on the table.
Etihad Stadium is no longer a Victory fortress
Once a terrifying proposition for travelling opposition clubs, Etihad Stadium has become a comfortable trip for clubs across Australia. Melbourne have suffered three losses and two draws in their five fixtures at the venue this season, unable to assert their dominance on the deck where they have excelled for over a decade.
Poor home performances are becoming costly off-field also, with home crowds dipping after each disappointing result, with only 16,778 turning up to the Adelaide loss on Friday night.