Brisbane Roar FC 2 – 1 Perth Glory – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Brisbane Roar have recorded their second consecutive victory after an entertaining 2-1 win over Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

In their most impressive half of the season, the Roar flew out of the blocks and took the lead on the half-hour mark with Jamie Maclaren netting his first goal of the campaign.

But after Roar wasted a series of clear-cut chances to extend their advantage in the first period, Glory punished the hosts with Nebojsa Marinkovic equalising early in the second half.

A thrilling contest ensued as the second half progressed with both teams looking threatening as they searched for a winner.

And it was the hosts who grabbed what proved to be decisive goal with substitute Brandon Borrello  finding the net with just over 15 minutes remaining.

GOALS

1-0 Brisbane: Jamie Maclaren, 31’

Fullback Corey Brown delivered a superb early cross from the left flank with Maclaren reacting the quickest before burying the ball past Liam Reddy.

1-1 Perth: Nebojsa Markinkovic, 54’

A neat interchange between Diego Castro and Rhys Williams teed-up Marinkovic on the edge of the area with the Serbian curling in a fizzing effort past the helpless Michael Theo.

2-1 Brisbane: Brandon Borrello, 75’

A delicate ball over the top from Jamie Maclaren released Borrello with the youngster showing great acceleration before calmly slotting into the bottom corner.

OPTA DATA

 Brisbane Roar have only lost once in their last six meetings with Perth Glory

– Glory have only come away with three points once in their last 11 attempts in Brisbane (D2 L8).

 

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Western Sydney Wanderers FC 1 – 1 Central Coast Mariners – Hyundai A-league 2016/2017

Central Coast Mariners recovered from a second-minute deficit to earn a 1-1 draw with Western Sydney Wanderers at Spotless Stadium on Saturday night.

The hosts looked on track for their second win of the season until Robert Cornthwaite’s underhit back-pass allowed teenager Adam Berry to snatch a point for the Mariners.

Brendon Santalab earlier gave the Wanderers an ideal start when he fired Tony Popovic’s side ahead within two minutes of kick-off.

The two sides traded opportunities for a winner but both Connor Pain and Mitch Nichols failed to hit the target with clear chances.

GOALS

1-0  Wanderers: Brendon Santalab, 2’

Brendon Santalab fired low and hard across Paul Izzo after being found with a cute Nicolas Martinez reverse pass at the end of a swift counter-attack.

1-1 Mariners: Adam Berry, 61’

Robert Cornthwaite’s underhit back-pass gave O’Donovan the chance to slide in on Redmayne, with teenager Berry on hand to tuck the loose ball into an empty net.

KEY MOMENT

Leading 1-0 and looking comfortable, Western Sydney should have doubled their advantage in the 47th minute when Mitch Nichols sidefooted Nicolas Martinez’s cutback wide of the upright.

The attacking midfielder wasted a similar chance in the first-half and was made to pay through Central Coast’s equaliser.

 

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Newcastle Jets 0 – 2 Sydney FC – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Sydney FC have maintained their perfect start to the season after outclassing Newcastle Jets 2-0 at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Sky Blues started the brighter and took the lead inside 10 minutes with returning skipper Alex Brosque netting his third goal of the season.

Graham Arnold’s side continued to press and should have extended their advantage with Matt Jurman, Bobo and Filip Holosko all spurning clear-cut chances in the opening half.

Jets midfielder Steve Ugarkovic butchered a gilt-edged chance on the stroke of half-time and it proved costly with Milos Ninkovic doubling Sydney’s advantage early in the second stanza.

Newcastle grew into the contest as the game progressed but failed to make their most of their opportunities as the Sky Blues held on for a deserved victory.

GOALS

0-1 Sydney FC: Alex Brosque, 8’

Michael Zullo pounced on a loose ball on the halfway line before feeding Milos Ninkovic who played a well-weighted ball into the path of Alex Brosque. The striker took a touch before calmly slotting past the onrushing Jack Duncan.

0-2 Sydney FC: Milos Ninkovic, 49’

Filip Holosko fired a stinging effort on goal which was paried by Jack Duncan with the rebound falling to Ninkovic who buried his strike into the back of the net.

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KEY MOMENT

The Jets rarely troubled the Sky Blues’ goal in the first half but they should have gone level on the stroke of half-time through Steve Ugarkovic.

Andrew Hoole won the ball inside the box before finding Morten Nordstrand who showed great composure to tee-up Ugarkovic but the midfielder fired wide from just 12 yards.

OPTA DATA

– Sydney are now unbeaten in their last 11 against Newcastle (W9, D2), keeping nine clean sheets in their last ten meetings with the Jets.

– The Sky Blues have kept a clean sheet in five consecutive games

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Melbourne City FC 2 – 1 Adelaide United FC – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

A classy brace from Bruno Fornaroli has helped Melbourne City to a thrilling 2-1 win over Adelaide United at AAMI Park on Friday night.

City surged out of the blocks and took a deserved lead after just 10 minutes with Fornaroli netting a cracking strike after some sloppy Reds defending.

Adelaide struggled to cope with City’s high press for long periods but were unfortunate not to grab an equaliser with winger Ryan Kitto striking the woodwork twice in the first half.

City appeared to have sealed the win after Fornaroli netted his second from the spot less than 10 minutes into the second half.

Sergi Guardiola netted his maiden A-League goal midway through the second half to give the Reds some hope but it wasn’t enough as City held on for the three points.

Adelaide have now lost three consecutive A-League matches and have accrued just the solitary point, while City jump into second spot behind Sydney FC.

GOALS

1-0 City:  Bruno Fornaroli, 11’

The Reds conceded possession inside their own half with Fernando Brandan pouncing on the loose ball before feeding Bruno Fornaroli on the edge of the box. The Argentine took a touch before curling a stunning strike into the top corner past the helpless Eugene Galekovic.

2-0 City: Bruno Fornaroli, 56’

City were awarded a penalty after Reds striker Sergi Guardiola was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the box. Fornaroli stepped up to the spot and cheekily slotted a ‘panenka’ down the middle of the goal with Galekovic left stranded.

2-1 Adelaide: Sergi Guardiola 64’

Reds fullback Ben Garuccio showed great pace down the left flank before delivering a superb cross which Guardiola buried with his head from point-blank range.

 

KEY MOMENT

After being second best for most of the first half, Adelaide should have gone into the break on level terms with Ryan Kitto spurning a glorious opportunity in stoppage time.

Spanish midfielder Isaias whipped in a dangerous free kick into the area with an unmarked Kitto smacking a point-blank header into the crossbar.

OPTA DATA

Bruno Fornaroli’s brace took his A-League tally to 29 goals in just 33 Hyundai A-League appearances.

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New South Wales reign supreme in Paralympic 7-a-side Championships

NSW celebrate their 2016 National Paralympic 7-a-side Championship title.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

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The New South Wales Paralympic Football State Team have clinched their 12th National Title with a 3-0 win over Western Australia at the 2016 National Paralympic 7-a-side Championships held at Valentine Sport Park.

It was an end to end match much like their earlier group stage match-up that ended in a 2-2 draw.

In front of a full crowd at Valentine Sports Park, host team New South Wales were far too strong for their opponents.

The game was locked at nil-all in the early exchanges until the Blues hit first blood just before half-time.

Golden Boot and Man of the Match star Jack Williams scored a fantastic goal past Western Australian goalkeeper Chris Barty that sent the home fans into raptures.

Just after half time and Williams bagged his brace while Ben Atkins finished off the match with the third that capped off a memorable few days for the victorious NSW squad.

Queensland Coach Jay Larkins echoed the voices of many players, supporters and coaching staff regarding the tournament which was well received by all.

“This is by far the best National Paralympic Football Championships tournament I have ever been involved in.

“A big thank you to Football NSW and FFA for putting on such a wonderful tournament.”

Victorious NSW Captain and Pararoos Vice skipper Chris Pyne was overwhelmed with excitement after the New South Wales team took out the silverware.

“These are the best bunch of lads I have ever had the privilege of playing with, for eight years we have won this trophy now and it comes down to the commitment, hard-work and friendship between a great group of players,” said Pyne.

“A huge thanks to Football NSW and FFA for putting on brilliant tournament, this is how it should be every year.”

Pararoos Head Coach Kai Lammert said after the match that he was really delighted with the standard of all games played over the last four days.

“Everyone has raised the bar this year and we had quite a few players who are pushing for selection into the Pararoos training camp next year,” said Lammert.

“The future of the Pararoos also looked bright with some very talented young footballers impressing the coaching staff.

“Thanks to Football NSW for hosting this tournament for the first time. It was a very well organised and the standard of refereeing was exceptional.

“Congratulations to all teams participating in the tournament and to NSW for taking out a record 8th title in a row and 12th title since 2004.”

There were a number of notable spectators in the crowd to witness the tournament’s finale, with the likes of FFA Head of National Performance Luke Casserly, Blacktown City Council Counsellor Julie Griffiths, Head Pararoos Coach Kai Lammert and Pararoos Ambassador Claire Falls all presenting trophies.

“We would also like to say thank you to Football Federation Australia for the awards and Four Four Two for their donation of 12 month subscriptions to the magazine,” added Lammert.

Finals Results

Gold Medal Match

New South Wales 3 (Jack Williams 2, Ben Atkins)

Western Australia 0


Bronze Medal match

Queensland 2 (Robbie Christie, Angus Magregor)

Combined State Team 1 (Chris Gudgeon)

2016 National Paralympic 7-a-side Championships Award Winners

2016 National Paralympic 7-A-Side Football Champions  – New South Wales

Silver Medalist – Western Australia

Bronze Medalist – Queensland

George Tonna Medal – Best & Fairest – Gold Medal Match – Jack Williams (NSW)

Best & Fairest – Bronze Medal Match – Robbie Christie (QLD)

Golden Boot Award – Jack Williams (NSW) – 11 Goals

Best Goalkeeper – Chris Barty (WA)

Player of the Tournament (as voted by all coaches) – Christian Tsangas (VIC)

QLD Player of the Tournament – Robbie Christie

NSW Player of the Tournament – Ben Atkins

VIC Player of the Tournament – Christian Tsangas

WA Player of the Tournament – Nicholas Prescott

Combined States Player of the Tournament – Tom Goodman (SA)

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