With the A-League coming to the pointing end of the season here is a wrap of Round 19.
Sydney FC 4-0 Wellington Phoenix
Sydney FC easily accounted for a lackluster Wellington smashing them 4-0.
A hapless Wellington defense was again noticeable as Sydney was able to score two goals in each half to spoil Andrew Durante’s milestone game, who overtook Danny Vukovic by breaking the the most appearances record, playing in his 279th A-League game.
Newcastle Jets 2-0 Melbourne Victory
A persistent Newcastle Jets outfit continued to show they may be a genuine contender to dethrone Sydeny FC, by accounting for Melbourne Victory at home. After skipper Nigel Boogaard put the Jets ahead, Riley McGree put the result to bed after adding a second goal.
In a match that saw marksman Roy O’Donovan return from a long injury layoff, it was Jets keeper Jack Duncan who put in a sublime display to keep a clean sheet for his side.
Adding to the misery for Melbourne Victory, goalkeeper Laurence Thomas, was stretchered off and taken to hospital in the second half after a head collision with Jets forward and former Melbourne Victory man Andrew Nabbout.
Adelaide United 2-1 Perth Glory
Adelaide United jumped above the Victory into fourth position, with a 2-1 victory over an out of form Perth Glory, on a poor-surfaced Coopers stadium.
After a Foo fighters concert made the pitch worse for wear, an early goal from Andy Keogh wasn’t enough as an own goal from Dino Djulbic and strike from winger Nikola Mileusnic ensured that Kenny Lowe’s side sits 3rd from bottom, having won three and lost seven in their past 10 outings.
A game of two halves saw a Josep Gombau’s revitalised Western Sydney Wanderers overcome Central Coast Mariners 2-1.
After a goal to Josh Sotiro that was plucked straight from the training ground off a corner put them up 1-0, Oriol Riera ensured that the Wanderers were up at the half 2-0.
After the interval, the Mariners looked the better side, with Peter Skapetis scoring with his first ever touch for the club, after the new signing came on for his first appearance in the 76 minute.
With the equaliser looking likely, Central Coast was unable to capitalise on their chances as they fell to a 2-1 defeat.
Brisbane Roar 1-2 Melbourne City
In an entertaining affair, Melbourne City continued their strong run of form, defeating an inform Brisbane Roar, 2-1 at Suncorp Stadium.
After a poorly defended set piece from City saw Maccarone break a 5 game scoring drought to lead 1-0 in the 14th minute, marquee signing Marcin Budzinski equalised 4 minutes later. A defensive lapse in the 66th minute from the Roar saw a sublime cross from Budzinski saw Stefan Mauk get on the other end of it to header City to a 2-1 lead.
A missed penalty by Maccarone saw Brisbane fall to City to record their 10th loss of the campaign and leave Brisbane in 7th spot, 3 points behind 6th place Western Sydney. For City, they are now undefeated in their last 6 games and remain in 3rd place.