With the Matildas in action over the weekend the W-League had a break. So the Youth League and A-League made up for the gap in the domestic scene with goals a plenty and thrilling climaxes.
NATIONAL YOUTH LEAGUE
Newcastle and the AIS kicked the round off with the weekend’s biggest scoreline, the Jets running out winners 6-3 lifting them up to third on the table. AIS now have conceded ten goals over their two away matches so far. Having lost both games suggests that travelling may be an issue for them as their three home games have produced two wins and a draw.
Brisbane produced the most stunning result of the round halting Sydney FC’s perfect start to the season, skipping to a 3-0 lead in the match to eventually defeat the Sky Blues 3-2. After starting the season slowly with only one point from their first two fixtures, both home games, Brisbane have now claimed seven points from their last three matches lifting them to fourth spot. Sydney needed the last match of the round to go their way to remain top.
Western Sydney and Perth both picked up their first wins of the season defeating Melbourne Heart and Central Coast respectively.
The Young Wanderers break Hearts with an impressive 3-1 win, after falling behind early they recovered to secure a result which is a much needed boost for the side. Heart on the other hand have endured a tough opening five matches to the season where they have played all games away and will be looking forward to next week when they finally host their first match for the season against Adelaide United.
Perth and Central Coast both entered their encounter without a win for the season, in Perth’s case without a point. The Mariners hadn’t faired much better with only two draws gaining them points for the season. The young Mariners weren’t able to match their senior team-mates who featured in the same fixture with Perth Glory picking up an important 2-0 win leaping frogging them over the Mariners off the bottom of the table.
Melbourne Victory missed an opportunity to go top of the Youth League, traveling away to Adelaide and coming away with no points after the Reds sealed a vital 2-1 win. The win takes Adelaide into 5th and within touching distance of the league leaders Sydney. For the Victory they will need to wait for another opportunity now to grab top spot.
‘Winfreux’ was the tipper of the round tipping all five matches with one correct margin and one correct score. ‘WCFCHobart’ also tipped five from five for the weekend and finished one point behind. ‘jackbauer’ reclaimed the overall lead with a decent round tally of seven points and now has a clear lead of four points on the aforementioned ‘WCFCHobart’ who moved into second this weekend.
Friday night football had a wonderful treat for us, not only were we provided with a top of the table clash between Brisbane and Western Sydney but as the game unfolded we were provided with a thrilling encounter. Besart Berisha’s harrasment of the Wanderer’s defence in the early stages was the catalyst for the Roar skipping to a 2-0 lead. Eventually the Wanderers managed to wrestle their way back into the match and pulled a goal back before half time. The second half turned in to a bit of an arm wrestle that is until stoppage time and a Kwame Yeboah special that was almost as good as his back-flip-come-belly-slide celebration gave Brisbane a 3-1 advantage and the league lead.
The thrilling finishes weren’t over yet for the weekend.
Sydney FC hosted Wellington who were thrashed in the same fixture only in January of this year by a scoreline they would rather forget, so it won’t be mentioned. This time around eveything seemed to be headed for a much less eye-raising scoreline of 1-0 to the Sky Blues. An equaliser from the Nix’s Kenny Cunningham and eventually a winner from Sydney’s new signing on debut off the bench, Ranko Despotovic, completed the action in the four minutes of stoppage time that was arguably more exciting than the 90 minutes that preceded it. The win has Sydney sitting fourth and Wellington still chase their first win of the season.
Melbourne Victory rallied to give Kevin Muscat his first win since taking over with an inspirational 3-0 win over bitter rivals Adelaide United. Playing much of the game with ten men and leading 1-0 the Victory weathered a glut of possession and chances to Adelaide and eventually scored two more goals late to seal the result. Victory move into fifth and Adelaide third from bottom which must be leaving Red’s fans a little frustrated given the praise Gombau seems to be enjoying.
Central Coast travelled to Perth with their newly appointed head coach Phil Moss and featured a cameo from William Gallas. The Frenchman provided fans with a few hardy tackles and an overhead kick before coming off midway through the first half with a minor injury. Perth however took the lead through a perfectly lofted shot by Jamie McClaren only to be over-run by the machine-like Mariners who grabbed the winner, again with the theme this weekend, late via Mitchell Duke. Perth 1-2 Central Coast.
The round was completed with Newcastle hosting Melbourne Heart and most tippers predicted the winner here with the Jets running out winners 3-1. It seems Gary van Egmond’s side has finally managed to taxi it’s way to the runway and lift off for the season. Now they have managed to get in the air will they maintain cruising altitude? For the Heart they seem to be stunted and out of ideas.
As for the tipping, ‘Marrota Kid’ was the tipper of the round this week with four from five correct and three correct winners gaining ten points. It is also worth mentioning our own Matthew Berry was the only tipper to pick the field this week and he has provided his A- League Highlights & Lowlights: Round 7. The overall leader ‘Birdcage’ finished the round with nine points and is setting a cracking pace with a total of 51 points, 12 points ahead of second.
It is never too late to join Robbie Striker Football Tipping, along with the summer national domestic competitions there is tipping competitions on all state leagues and National Premier League. So register now and join in on the banter.