The inaugural Star-Wars round kicked off with one of the original rivalries of the A-league. Although there was a lack of the imperial march, this match had no shortage of entertainment. The reds were quick to get the lead in just the 17th minute through Papa Babacar Diawara with the second half coming to a close shortly after Besart Berisha failed to convert from the penalty spot.
Mark Milligan gave the Victory a much need equalizer in the 56th with an impressive volleyed finish, but it was supersub George Blackwood who gave the reds the eventual winning goal although it would not come easy after they had to navigate their way through the final 14 minutes of the game following Daniel Adlung and Benjamin Garuccio’s red cards for a clumsy tackle from behind and time wasting respectively.
Brisbane Roar 0 – 0 Wellington Phoenix
The Phoenix got their string of tough away fixtures underway with a trip to the Gold Coast to face Brisbane Roar, in a game that turned out to be quite boring for the neutral supporter ending in a goal-less draw. Wellington had the lion-share of chances but failed to convert. Heading into the game it was a much needed three points for the Roar but they also failed to convert from what few chances they had.
Western Sydney Wanderers 0 – 5 Sydney FC
It was a derby to forget for the Wanderers as they were at the forefront of a 5-0 Sydney demolition. It took only 14 minutes for the Sky Blues to take the lead through Polish import Adrien Mierzejewski, who also made it 3-0 before heading into the break.
It was a case of Sydney being on their game and the Wanderers maintaining their season form which has been less then impressive. Brandon O’Neill scored Sydney’s fifth as they sent out a message to the rest of the league stating, if you don’t already know, we mean business. It was all positives for the reigning champs, whose head coach Graham Arnold did everything to put his name in Socceroo head coach discussions.
Perth Glory 1 – 2 Newcastle Jets
Ernie Merrick and the Jets won’t be very popular after their late three point steal over the Glory who led for the majority of the game. Joe Knowles gave the glory the lead in just the 20th minute and after leading for over an hour, Jets substitute John Koutroumbis’ 88th minute volley sparked a Newcastle resurgence.
It was a night to forget for Jeremy Walker, who gifted the Jets the three points after his 92nd minute own goal. The Jets however, return to winning form albeit late and continue to build on their dream start to the season.
Ross McCormack has continued his great start to his A-league career scoring his seventh goal for City in their 1-0 win over Central Coast. Warren Joyce’s preferred striker proved he was the man to potentially lead City to glory this season after Tim Cahill departed the club during the week. McCormack’s goal came in the 59th minute and that was all that was needed for City to claim the three points.
The win keep City in third place whilst denying the inform Mariners their third straight win after bouncing back from their shaky start. Dean Bouzanis had his work cut out for him, who kept his place despite Galekovic returning to fitness, after Central Coast looked to gain an equalizer following McCormacks opening goal to no avail.