Socceroos decide on Honduran base for 2018 World Cup qualifier

The Socceroos will throw themselves into the fire ahead of their World Cup play-off with Honduras, opting to spend the lead-up week to their away match in the Central American nation.

Coach Ange Postecoglou and Football Federation Australia have decided against basing the team in the United States ahead of the clash.

In doing so, they’ll give themselves the best chance to acclimatise.

But the Socceroos will also be at the mercy of fanatical local support eager to see their country represented in Russia next year.

“Los Catrachos” have reached the last two world cups off the back of a superb home record.

On the road to the 2010, 2014 and 2018 tournaments, Honduras have lost just four of 25 home qualifiers.

Honduras hosts the first match on November 11 (AEDT) before the second leg in Sydney on November 15.

Australia’s last two intercontinental play-offs – against Uruguay in 2001 and 2005 – provide a reminder of the hostilities the Socceroos can expect away from home.

The Socceroos based themselves in Montevideo in 2001, contending with fireworks outside their hotel rooms, hostilities in transit and even spitting fans at the airport.

Then-FFA chief John O’Neill described the farce, which preceded a 3-0 defeat and a missed chance to go to the 2002 tournament, as an “orchestrated campaign by some pretty unsavoury parts of the Montevideo football establishment”.

Four years later, drawn against the same opponent, Guus Hiddink based his team in nearby Buenos Aires.

It’s not lost on Australian officials that the first-leg result in 2005, a 1-0 defeat, laid the platform to qualify the next week in Sydney.

FFA’s advance planning team has agonised over the call, deciding that measures can be put in place to ensure a smooth training and preparation ahead of the game.

“We’re certainly already looking at the logistics of being on the ground in Honduras,” FFA chief executive David Gallop said when asked about special security provisions on Monday.

“We’ll have people there well in advance and we’ll do what we can to make sure that we acclimatise and have ourselves in a position to play good football.”

Players will begin to arrive in Honduras from November 5, with latecomers landing on the following days.

FFA is still awaiting advice from its Honduran counterparts, FENAFUTH, as to the venue and time of the match.

The Olympic Stadium in San Pedro Sula – which has hosted each of the country’s home qualifiers in this cycle – is all but certain to be the venue, but FFA aren’t ruling out a last-minute change.

Australian officials are also likely to book a charter flight back to Sydney, avoiding a marathon commercial flight that might get the team on home soil as late as Monday.

AAP

 

Source : The Canberra Times

Sydney FC 3-2 Wellington Phoenix #HyundaiALeague20172018

Sydney FC’s Brazilian striker Bobo nabbed a brace to help Sydney FC see off an impressive Wellington Phoenix 3-2 on Sunday night to conclude Round 2 in the Hyundai A-League. 

The win, while not hugely convincing from the champions, ensured they have won their opening two matches ahead of next Saturday’s Sydney Derby.

However, an injury to Adrian Mierzejewski soured the win, the classy Polish winger leaving the park on 53 minutes with a hamstring strain.

 

Ninkovic
Milos Ninkovic of Sydney FC

STORY OF THE GAME

  • Phoenix started brightly but warning bells sounded when Brosque missed a sitter when Sydney opened up the visitors with ease. And within minutes the champions were 2-0 up. It was all going to script.
  • But, Phoenix hit back on the stroke of half time to make it 2-1.
  • However, Bobo was back to haunt Phoenix with his second and Sydney’s third shortly after the break.
  • Yet once again Phoenix got back on the scoresheet to make it 3-2 with half an hour left.
  • Phoenix pushed the champions all the way and forced a goal-line clearance from Zullo just on full time.
  • Matt Simon in time added on should’ve finished off Phoenix with two good chances but it ended 3-2 as thoughts now turn to the Sydney Derby for the Sky Blues.

GOALS

Bobo, Sydney FC 29’, 1-0

Brosque with the slip pass into Bobo who turns and slams it into the top of the net with the help of a deflection from a defender

Zullo, Sydney FC 34’, 2-0

Mierzejewski sprinted to catch a ball through and got to it with his cross, that want beyond Bobo. Zullo found it and he smashed it home!

Kaluderovic, Phoenix 44’, 2-1

Vidosic to Kaluderovic who breaks into the box and connects with a half volley that zooms past Redmayne and busts the net.

Bobo, Sydney FC 49′, 3-1

Superb delivery by Wilkshire to Bobo in the box who arches his head back before unleashing a powerful header past Smith.

Vidosic, Phoenix 60’, 3-2

McGlinchey turns his opponent inside out and finds Vidosic who gets in between two Sydney FC defenders to head past Redmayne.

Source: Football Federation Australia Website

 

Newcastle Jets 2-2 Perth Glory

Adam Taggart’s late goal helped Perth Glory earn a point in a  2-2 draw with Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium in front of almost 15,000 fans in the Hyundai A-League Round 2.

On a pristine surface and in perfect conditions, the Jets weren’t quite at the level of last week’s 5-1 win but they were within minutes of a win.

However, their former striker Taggart with two super strikes ensured the honours would remain even.

And with 14,833 fans in attendance, the Jets are clearly riding a wave of support in Newcastle with striker Roy O’Donovan now on four goals for the season.

 STORY OF THE GAME

  • Glory hit the opener inside the first 10 minutes while the Jets struggled to find any fluency in front of a large and expectant crowd.
  • But the Jets hit back on the half-hour mark courtesy of their main man,  O’Donovan.
  • And with the last play of the half Daniel Georgievski fluffed a good chance to give the hosts a 2-1 lead.
  • But it came shortly after the break. Kantarovski with the go-ahead goal on the hour mark much to the delight of the big home crowd.
  • However their former hero Taggart found the net with a perfect header in time added on to make it 2-2.

 

Jets v Glory
Action from Sunday’s Jets v Glory clash

GOALS

Taggart, Glory 7’, 0-1

Castro with the inch-perfect low cross and Taggart angled his effort past Duncan for a clinical opening goal by the former Jets striker.

O’Donovan, Jets 30’, 1-1

Vargas in the attacking third found Nabbout wide and his low cross was just right for O’Donovan who slid it past Reddy from straight in front.

Kantarovski, Jets 60’, 2-1

A scrappy goal as a free kick is sent to the far post where Topor-Stanley’s header hits the post and  Kantarovski pokes home the rebound

Taggart, Glory 90 +2, 2-2

Harold sends the cross into the box and  Taggart unleashes a brilliant header across Duncan and inside the left post.

Source: Football Federation Australia Website

Melbourne Victory 1-2 Melbourne City #HyundaiALeague20172018

New City coach Warren Joyce has won his first Melbourne Derby after a pulsating and typically feisty 2-1 win over Victory on Saturday night in front of over 35,000 fans at Etihad Stadium.

Melbourne City now have two wins from two this season while Melbourne Victory are now on two losses for the new season as City claim bragging rights in the southern capital.

THE STORY OF THE GAME

  • The tone was set in the first minute with some crunching tackles. Two yellow cards were handed out in the opening 11 minutes as the game turned inevitably into a physical, full-blooded contest.
  • Osama Malik was injured by Victory’s Rhys Williams who was lucky to stay on the park after a tough tackle. Malik soldiered on but was subbed off just before the break.
  • Malik’s replacement Marcin Budzinski was the hero within minutes, scoring the opener about 30 seconds before the break.
  • Victory powered back after half time with an equaliser coming soon after the break.
  • But City hit back in stunning fashion with a superb counter-attack finished by Kamau to retake the lead 2-1.
  • In the final 20 minutes,City were forced back with Victory piling on an onslaught as City  sat very deep. But they held on for a famous win.
  • Lawrence Thomas with an unbelievable save in the final minute kept Victory in it, but the Big V couldn’t find an equaliser.

 

Melbourne Derby
Melbourne Derby teams line up

GOALS

Budzinski, City 45+3, 0-1

Fitzgerald goes one way and then the other inside the box, then lays it off to Budzinski, who put in a thunderous drive into the top of the net and scoring the first goal of the night on the stroke of half time.

George, Victory,  55′, 1-1

Barbarouses crosses it into the box for George, who controls it, then hits it through the legs of Galekovic and in for an equaliser.

Kamau, City 64′, 1-2

Kamau put on the afterburners into the box, he lobbed it for goal as it takes a deflection, dipping in at the perfect time, going into the back of the net.

 

Melbourne Derby
The Melbourne Derby was a feisty clash

Source : Football Federation Australia Website

Western Sydney Wanderers 2-2 Central Coast Mariners #HyundaiAleague20172018

Mariners playmaker Danny De Silva was the star of the show as Western Sydney Wanderers  came from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Central Coast  in  Hyundai A-League Round 2. 

The pint-sized Mariner stood out in an entertaining clash at Spotless Stadium on Saturday, scoring arguably the goal of the season to date.

 STORY OF THE GAME

  • After an impressive opening 20 minutes from the visitors, the Mariners took the early advantage. Asdrubal making it two goals in as many weeks for Paul Okon’s side.
  • Connor Pain had a super chance to make it 2-0 shortly after but his tame shot was kept out – the Mariners were to rue this miss
  • A Wanderers penalty got the home side back in it to 1-1 minutes later.
  • Mariner Danny De Silva lead the Wanderers a merry dance and it was his brilliance that helped the visitors take the lead just after the hour mark with arguably the goal of the season.
  • The Wanderers were soon back on level terms  but it was the Mariners who looked more likely to find a winner.
  • Andrew Hoole picked up a second yellow with five minutes left in regulation time, and with De Silva subbed off late, the visitors stayed compact and held on for their first point of the season.
Riera
Oriol Riera celebrates his equalising goal

GOALS

Asdrubal, Mariners 20’: 0-1

Roux was found wide, and the Kiwi burst into the box, cut it back and Hoole with plenty of time got a shot off, Janjetovic spilt it and the Spaniard was Johnny on the Spot to guide the ball home.

Riera, Wanderers 38’: 1-1

Wout Brama was adjudged to have brought down Roly Bonevacia and the Spanish central striker hit it low past Tom Glover’s left glove.

De Silva, Mariners 62’: 1-2

Goal of the season? De Silva started the move by picking up the ball in his own half. He found Andrew Hoole in the channel and burst through. Hoole held it up, then slid the ball through for the onrushing De Silva who picked up the ball then dinked it over the keeper. The ball was guided home by a defender on the line but it was all about De Silva’s brilliance.

Bonevacia, Wanderers 68’: 2-2

Risdon’s low cross wasn’t cleared by Tom Glover who pushed the ball out to Bonevacia to  smash home the loose ball.

Source : Football Federation Australia Website

 

 

Brisbane Roar 1-2 Adelaide United #HyundaiALeague20172018

Two goals in the last few minutes helped Adelaide United pick up a stunning 2-1 win on the road against Roar on Friday night at Suncorp.

Thanks largely to a classy display from Italian import Massimo Maccarone, it looked like Roar would hold on for a 1-0 win.

But two late goals to a fast-finishing United ensured a dramatic finish as the super-fit Reds made a statement with this win as they look forward to Melbourne Victory next week in Adelaide.

THE STORY OF THE GAME

  • Maccarone showed his finishing quality to give Roar a lead inside 10 minutes, his first in the A-League.
  •  With Peter Skapetis providing the ammunition for the Italian, the pair was a constant threat.
  • Maccarone looked a class above showing great energy and guile throughout while both keepers Izzo (Reds) and Theo ((Roar) made key stops at vital times.
  • Reds striker George Blackwood hit the post early in the second half before he was subbed off.
  • It got feisty as United pressed hard in the final 20 minutes
  • And the super-fit Reds found a way back with  Kitto and Absalonsen powering home the equaliser and winner in the final few minutes to ensure a dramatic ending to a hard-fought clash.
Reds v Roar
Action from Friday night’s clash at Suncorp between Roar and the Reds

GOALS

Maccarone, Brisbane Roar 8’: 1-0

An attack broke down but Joe Caletti found himself in possession in front of the box, he sprayed the ball wide to Corey Brown and his deep first time cross found Maccarone who powered it downward and past Paul Izzo.

Kitto, Adelaide United 87’: 1-1

The Reds sub powered into the box and blasted the ball under Theo to equalise.

Absalonsen, Adelaide United 92’: 1-2

Adlung found Absalonsen, who smashed the ball in off the crossbar to complete a stunning comeback.

Source: Football Federation Australia Website

 

Why this Westfield W-League season will be sensational!

Westfield Matildas legend Sarah Walsh says the Westfield W-League continues to go from strength to strength and believes the upcoming season will be the competition’s best yet.

With the W-League set to kick off later this month, we caught up with the former Sydney FC and Wanderers attacker to see what’s got her excited ahead of the new campaign.

PLAYERS ON THE MOVE

“I think a lot of the player movements that we’ve started to see in the build up to the League,” she told www.w-league.com.au.

“It’s pretty exciting to see that players have been willing to move for new challenges. Someone like Kyah Simon moving to Melbourne City is really going to strengthen that team – not like they needed it!

“Sam Kerr’s back and she’s in the best form of her life. That tells you that Perth are going to be really strong this year. They’re looking to get internationals.

“A lot of the teams have actually started their pre-seasons a little bit earlier so they’ll hit their strides a bit earlier once the league starts.”

Sam Kerr

Sam Kerr is back with Perth Glory this season.

MATILDAS STARS ON HOME SOIL

Along with superstar Sam Kerr (Perth Glory), a host of Matildas stars will also ply their trade in the W-League this season.

Kyah Simon (City), Lisa De Vanna (Sydney FC), Ellie Carpenter (Canberra United) and Hayley Raso (Brisbane Roar) will be on show around the country.

And Walsh believes the recent success of the Matildas on the international stage will bring the best out of the players in the domestic competition.

“I think another great thing about the league that we don’t talk a lot about is the fact that we’ve got 90% of the Matildas playing in it,” Walsh said.

“I think we’re quite privileged to have that. With that, they bring a lot of their international friends over so I’m excited to see a lot of the signings that are going to happen in that space.

“Off the back of the two Brazil matches, these Matildas are going to want to step up and really shine in the league.”

Westfield Matildas star Kyah Simon has joined Melbourne City for the W-League season.

STANDARDS CONTINUE TO IMPROVE

FFA unveiled a new Collective Bargaining Agreement for Female Footballers in September which announced a significant pay increase for players and improved employment conditions.

“The new CBA, I think with the new minimum wage in place and a really good pay and conditions deal in place, they’re going to be able to focus more on football,” Walsh said.

“I think that’s going to create a really healthy level of the quality of football. I’m really excited to see that.

“With more time spent on the park with these players, they’re going to be in a better mind frame and we’re going to get the fruits of that out on the pitch.”

WLeague

Source : Football Federation Australia Website