Newcastle’s hot start was no fluke
After being the surprise packet of the early goings of the 2017/18 season, the Jets have maintained their high-quality football week in week out.
A 4-1 belting of Melbourne Victory on Thursday night only confirmed this, with Melbourne coming in on the back of their maiden win and gaining an early 1-0 lead, yet still unable to hold off a surging Newcastle outfit.
Roy O’Donovan’s brilliance has been absent over the last couple of weeks due to a groin strain, but the Jets have shown they can win without their star striker, and pose a scary task for opposing clubs once the Golden Boot leader returns.
Perth can win on the road
Prior to Friday night’s 3-1 win over Melbourne City at Aami Park, Perth Glory had been defeated in their last seven consecutive road trips, with the streak ending thanks to goals from Nichols, Torres and Mallia.
Being located on the west coast, Perth’s away struggles make sense logistically, as their travel time is greater than any other Australian based club. An inability to secure points on the road increases the pressure on the side to perform at home, so the comfortable win in Melbourne is a much-needed boost for the now fifth-placed Glory.
Daniel De Silva is a star in the making
Attacking midfielder Daniel De Silva put in a dominant performance against the Phoenix, creating numerous chances for his teammates as a result of nifty dribbles and handy interceptions. De Silva also found the back of the net to solidify the Mariners’ lead, eventually coasting to a 4-1 victory. The 20-year-old is an exciting prospect for both Central Coast and Australian football, and one to watch over the coming years.
A healthy Adrian Mierzejewski makes Sydney an even scarier proposition
Following an injury-riddled start to his campaign, Polish attacking midfielder/winger Adrian Mierzejewski showed his true class and creativity in the win over Brisbane. Milos Ninkovic’s injury could have left Sydney short on attacking options against the Roar, but it was Mierzejewski who stood up in his absence to guide the Sky Blues to a 3-1 win.
The former Polish international set up many-an-attack and converted a penalty early in the contest to give the home side the ascendancy. Ninkovic and Mierzejewski in the same line-up is terrifying for the rest of the A-League.
Adelaide United are better than most thought
After being widely tipped to not make waves in the 2017/18 A-League season, the Reds are playing refreshingly good football under head coach Marco Kurz. Ryan Kitto is a major factor in their positive start, netting four goals, including both goals in their 2-0 win over Western Sydney in Round 8. United are sitting fourth on the A-League table and will look to continue their rise, however, must overcome Sydney F.C at home to do so, a difficult task to say the least.