Robbie’s Weekend Wrap: November 29th – December 1st 2013

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Domestic league football in Australia has thrown up a few ‘un-predictable’ results this weekend. There were goals galore in the National Youth League and W-League however the A-League struggled in that department, except for the last match of the round.

NATIONAL YOUTH LEAGUE

A whopping 26 goals in five games over the weekend in the youth league starting Saturday morning at the Central Coast’s Centre of Excellence. The home side remains winless this season going down 3-1 to Newcastle, the win lifted the Jets up to second.

The return home for Melbourne Heart after a month of travelling didn’t return them to winners list, falling foul to a 1-4 loss to Adelaide who jump up to third on the ladder. Saturday’s fixtures were finished off with the Wanderers winning back-to-back matches, this one on the road, defeating the AIS 3-0.

A nine goal thriller kicked off Sunday’s fixture with Perth Glory avenging their senior team loss in the corresponding fixture the night before, scoring themselves a good win, 7-2 over Brisbane Roar. The top of the table clash finished the round off as Sydney FC hosted Melbourne Victory. The Sky Blues managed to bounce back from their first loss of the season the week before with a 3-2 win over the Victory. Melbourne have now lost two on the bounce and have dropped from second to fourth.

‘BrentfordFC’ and ‘Teal 30′ shared the Tipper of the Round title this week with six points. The best anyone tipped was three out of five for the round and the overall table has congested to only seven points separating first to tenth. ‘Jackbauer’ still sits on top of the ladder by the solitary point over this week’s mover ‘Teal 30′.

W-LEAGUE

The W-League was back in action after the Matildas successful two-match series against China, although only three of the matches were played. While Sydney FC chase international glory in the Women’s World Club Cup, their match with Canberra United was postponed to January. This also means the ‘Tipper of the Round’ won’t be decided until this match is played.

On Saturday, Adelaide hosted Newcastle and secured an important three points winning 3-1. The result sees Adelaide jump a spot to into fifth and Newcastle still searching for their first points of the season

The other two fixtures for the weekend were played on Sunday with the away side winning both. Brisbane headed south to Western Sydney and coming away with a convincing win 4-1. Melbourne Victory made the long trip to Perth and took away all three points 3-1.

With a quarter of the season gone there will be some clubs looking at ‘must-win’ matches next week which will make for some interesting matches.

A-LEAGUE

Starting with Friday night football, Central Coast Mariners and Melbourne Victory played out a nil all draw. Victory created the majority of the chances throughout the match however in typical Mariners fashion they were still in with a chance to take all three points right up to the final whistle.

Brisbane have built a formidable home record, with a six game winning streak after defeating Perth Glory 1-0. Brisbane were a constant threat throughout the entire 90 minutes with Glory mainly threatening through set pieces. Perth head coach Edwards suggested the niggling injuries his side is carrying the difference between them and Brisbane at the moment. Forgetting the fact the Roar had four first choice players out, the real difference between the sides is nine points and a goal differential of 12.

Cast your mind back to round one and Sydney and Newcastle lined up for a match of two sides promising so much for the season ahead. The game was awful and the Sky Blues bumbled their way to a 2-0 win. Both teams then struggled for a few weeks before going on a three game winning streak to return to Allianz for a re-match. The game finished with the same result but the journey there was much better. Improved finishing from the Jets may have seen a completely different outcome here, but that’s the way the Del Piero tumbles…the cookie crumbles rather.

Popovic made a handful of changes in response to the Wanderers loss to Brisbane the previous week. Wellington desperate to get their season going with a win were energetic without being clinical. The game finished 0-0 however in the last seconds of the game Paul Ifill struck the upright from a corner, with all those watching groan with disappointment – a goal for the 90 minute investment might have been nice.

The following match certainly made up for the lack of goals in the rest of the round. Melbourne Heart and Adelaide United were two teams under a lot of public scrutiny. Both needed to win and both tried to do so. Adelaide skipped to an early 2 goal lead, midway through the second half Heart went on a 16 minute goal spree scoring as many goals in that period as they had in the previous seven matches – three – and taking the lead with twenty to go. With the die-hard Heart fans enjoying a rare moment in the sun for the season Adelaide win a free kick and level the ledger. 3-3 it remained and both sides are no better off then they were before kick-off.

In terms of tipping ‘Easybeat Eagles’ was the tipper of the round with an amazing five from five and whopping four correct margins with a total of nine points. Only one point behind was ‘Bluebag Pete’ whom also tipped the field and three correct margins the difference. ‘Birdcage’ still holds a massive 11 point lead on the chasing pack where there is 10 points separating 2nd and 24th.

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Robbie Striker

Robbie is the self proclaimed football tipping master from one of Football Central's partner sites www.robbiestriker.com.au - Robbie hosts tipping competitions on all NPL leagues plus A-League, W-League and the National Youth League.

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