Caltex Socceroo James Jeggo close to Europa League qualification

Jimmy Jeggo could be playing continental football next season after helping Sturm Graz bank a valuable home win overnight.

Caltex Socceroos midfielder Jimmy Jeggo could be playing continental football next season after helping Sturm Graz bank a valuable home win overnight (AEST).

The Australian played a full 90 minutes as substitute Philipp Zulechner scored in the 88th minute to rescue a 1-0 win over strugglers Ried.

Both teams were reduced to 10 men but Graz held out to inch a point clear of third-placed Rheindorf Altach, who lost 3-0 away to Rapid Wien.

Finishing second or third in the Austrian Bundesliga guarantees a passage into the Europa League qualifying rounds.

Austria Wien is currently three points off the pace in fourth, albeit with a game in hand.

Jeggo has quickly become a key figure in his first full season at the UPC-Arena, racking up 25 appearances as the three-time Austrian champions approach their best finish since winning the league in 2011.

The 25-year-old former Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United player returned to the country of his birth midway through last season and has a further two years remaining on his contract.

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James Jeggo replaced by Nathan Burns for Caltex Socceroos WCQs

Ange Postecoglou gives instructions to Nathan Burns during Australia's 2-2 draw with Thailand.

Austrian-based midfielder James Jeggo has been ruled out of the Caltex Socceroos’ two crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Iraq (March 23 in Tehran) and the UAE (March 28 in Sydney) through injury.

The uncapped Jeggo has been ruled out with a minor glute strain and will be replaced in the squad by Japanese-based Nathan Burns.

The squad includes experienced stars Mile Jedinak, Tim Cahill, Aaron Mooy, Mat Ryan, Mathew Leckie, Massimo Luongo, Robbie Kruse, Trent Sainsbury and Mark Milligan as well as six Hyundai A-League players.

The team will begin assembling in Tehran on Sunday night ahead of next Thursday’s clash with Iraq.


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Iraq v Caltex Socceroos

Thursday 23 March

PAS Stadium, Tehran (Iran)

Kick off 4.30pm (11pm AEDT)

Caltex Socceroos v United Arab Emirates

Tuesday 28 March 2016

Sydney Football Stadium

Kick off 8pm

Both matches will be broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports and the Nine Network.

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Caltex Socceroos weekend update-18/March/2017-19/March/2017

Winger Mat Leckie has a date with Borussia Dortmund this weekend before joining up with the Caltex Socceroos.

Winger Mat Leckie has a date with Borussia Dortmund this weekend before joining up with the Caltex Socceroos.

It’s the crucial weekend before the Caltex Socceroos meet up in Tehran ahead of next week’s FIFA World Cup qualifier against Iraq.

Australia tackles Iraq in Tehran on March 24 (AEDT) before returning home to host UAE at the Sydney Football Stadium on March 28.

We take a look at the players’ schedule over the coming days for their clubs.

Mustafa Amini

AGF, in the Danish Superliga, next play in the early hours of Monday morning (AEDT) against OB.

Aziz Behich

Played 90 minutes for Bursaspor last weekend and could see more action on Monday (AEDT) with his side at home to Alanyaspor in the Turkish league.

Tim Cahill

Had the week off due to the split round in the Hyundai A-League but will be hopeful of some more minutes as Melbourne City host Newcastle Jets in the Hyundai A-League on Saturday night.

Tim Cahill

Milos Degenek

Yokohama F Marinos host Albirex Niigata on Saturday afternoon in the J-League.

Rhyan Grant

Will come into camp fresh but fit with the Sky Blues having a tough week on the track with no game due to the split round in the A-League.

Jackson Irvine

The ultra-consistent Burton Albion midfielder is set to play on Sunday (AEDT) at home to Brentford.

Mile Jedinak

The Socceroo skipper was immense in Aston Villa’s win over Sheffield Wednesday last weekend with Steve Bruce’s side next in action on Sunday away to Wigan Athletic.

Mile Jedinak's Aston Villa proved too strong for Bailey Wright's Bristol City overnight.

James Jeggo

The former Adelaide midfielder’s Sturm Graz travel to tackle Admira this weekend.

Tomi Juric

The powerful striker’s FC Luzern host third-placed Sion this weekend.

Robbie Kruse

The winger has started in both of Liaoning’s first two Chinese Super League fixtures but won’t have a chance to add to that tally before coming into camp.

Mitch Langerak

The Stuttgart shot-stopper has been in fine touch in Germany and will get another chance to impress on Saturday away to Greuther Fürth.

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 Mathew Leckie

The Socceroo flyer has been a regular for FC Ingolstadt in the Bundesliga this season. Leckie’s side travel to tackle giants Borussia Dortmund on Saturday (AEDT).

Massimo Luongo

Luongo’s QPR are next in action on Sunday at home to struggling Rotherham.

Riley McGree

The shock inclusion in the squad, McGree’s Adelaide host Brisbane Roar on Sunday in the Hyundai A-League.

Mark Milligan

The versatile midfielder has been playing regularly with UAE club Bani Yas but saw red in his side’s 6-2 loss to Al Wahda last weekend. Won’t see any further action before coming into camp.

Aaron Mooy

Arguably Australia’s most important player, Mooy has enjoyed a sensational season in the English Championship with Huddersfield Town and could feature more prominently in Saturday’s fixture away to Bailey Wright’s Bristol City.

Huddersfield Town midfielder Aaron Mooy.

Mat Ryan

The keeper played 90 minutes in Genk’s Europa League Round of 16 second leg tie against Gent on Friday (AEDT) before linking with the national team.

Trent Sainsbury

Hasn’t seen any game time since his loan move to Serie A giants Inter Milan in January.  The classy defender’s next chance of match action is on Sunday with Milan away to Torino.

Brad Smith

The flying left-back has struggled for game time at EPL outfit AFC Bournemouth, who are at home to Swansea City on Sunday morning (AEDT).

James Troisi

The Victory star is arguably the hottest player in the A-League right now. Victory has the week off due to the split round but Troisi will come into camp full of confidence after a sparkling month.

James Troisi on the ball during the Socceroos' 2-2 draw with Germany in March.

Daniel Vukovic

Vukovic capped his selection with another clean sheet – his 11th of the season – in Sydney’s 1-0 win over the Mariners on Friday night. Won’t have another game before coming into camp.

Rhys Williams

Williams played a full match for Glory in last Saturday’s loss to Sydney FC. Perth not in action this week.

Bailey Wright

The no-nonsense defender has been a pillar of consistency since joining Bristol City, who are next in action on Saturday at home to Mooy’s Huddersfield Town.

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Ange Postecoglou has been impressed with the form of Sturm Graz midfielder James Jeggo

Ange Postecoglou has been impressed with the form of Sturm Graz midfielder James Jeggo.

Caltex Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou has been impressed with the form of Sturm Graz’s James Jeggo and believes the 25-year-old former Victory and Reds midfielder is ready make his senior debut for Australia.

Jeggo’s rise this season

Jeggo has started in 24 of 25 league matches in the Austrian Bundesliga to help his team to fourth spot on the ladder, eight points behind leaders Salzburg.

Jeggo earned a call-up for the Socceroos’ World Cup qualifiers against Saudi Arabia and Japan in October, and was again part of the squad as Australia drew 2-2 against Thailand in November.

And while the Austrian-born Aussie failed to see any game time, Jeggo’s recent form in Austria hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Jimmy Jeggo

Ange on Jeggo’s development

“Jimmy’s had a couple of camps now. We certainly see him as someone who can contribute in terms of game time now,” Postecoglou told reporters on Tuesday.

“His form’s still been pretty solid in Austria, he’s playing full 90 minutes [regularly]. And it’s a good standard league. He’s at a strong club.”

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Chances of debuting? 

Despite the depth the Socceroos have in midfield, two games in five days and long-haul travel in between, could see someone like Jeggo given a chance.

“We know what we get with Jimmy. His form’s held up,” Postecoglou said.

“As I said, he’s already had a couple of camps now so we’d be expecting him to come in and contribute within a game as well.

“That’s his challenge now, to go from being part of the squad to actually making an impact now when he plays.

“This should be a good opportunity for him to do it in this camp.”

The Caltex Socceroos tackle UAE in a crucial World Cup Qualifier in Sydney on March 28. Click here for tickets.


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Meet the Vienna-born Caltex Socceroos bolter James Jeggo

Midfielder James Jeggo in action for former club Adelaide United in the Hyundai A-League last season.

Less than a year after swapping the Hyundai A-League for Austria’s Bundesliga, Jimmy Jeggo has been rewarded for his leap of faith by his former club boss Ange Postecoglou.

The 24-year-old is the bolter in the Australian squad for next month’s back-to-back FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Saudi Arabia (Jeddah) and Japan (Melbourne).

The central midfielder has earned his spot playing a key role for Sturm Graz as they’ve charged to the top of the league in Austria.

A genuine box-to-box midfielder, Jeggo rose to prominence in the Hyundai A-League first with Melbourne Victory then with Adelaide United  with his energetic displays, willingness to get forward, composure and excellent passing range.

In 2015 he was named the NAB Young Footballer of the Year in the A-League as his reputation really began to grow.

Jeggo’s game has been more refined since moving to Austria, with Sturm Graz boss Franco Foda preferring him in a holding midfield role.

And it’s been some rise to the Green and Gold for the Vienna-born Jeggo.

After moving to Melbourne as a young boy, he started his youth career at Green Gully before going on to the Victorian Institute of Sport.

Despite being called up to a couple of national youth squads, Jeggo never made an appearance for Australia at junior level.

His break came in 2010 when Melbourne Victory spotted his ability, making Jeggo a member of their National Youth squad for the 2010/11 season.

At the end of that season he signed a three-year senior deal at Victory, making his debut the following season against Central Coast Mariners.

He played under Postecoglou during the Caltex Socceroos boss’ short stint at Victory, before opting to leave the club in 2014 after making just 30 Hyundai A-League appearances in three seasons.

He joined Adelaide United for the start of the 2014/15 season and working under Spanish coach – and new Socceroo assistant coach – Josep Gombau, Jeggo’s game went to a new level.

Instilled with belief and given free rein by the former Barcelona youth coach to express himself, Jeggo blossomed that season and played the most minutes that of any Adelaide United player on the way to a third-placed finish.

And he was rewarded for his breakout season by taking out the NAB Young Footballer of the Year award, ahead of the likes of Terry Antonis, Tomi Juric, Jamie Maclaren and Brandon Borrello.

A move to Europe beckoned and that dream presented itself in early 2016, agreeing to join the Austrian club who had been keen on his signature for almost a year.

While it took him a few months to break into the first team, Jeggo is now a regular and earning plaudits for his performances on a weekly basis.

He’s played all eight matches so far this season, with a pass accuracy of more than 80%, making 30 interceptions and winning 76% of tackles, demonstrating just how much his game has matured.

And now in just three week’s time he could potentially be lining up against the might of Japan in a key World Cup qualifier on home soil.

In a Caltex Socceroos midfield which already features the likes of Mile Jedinak, Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic, Massimo Luongo, Mark Milligan and Jackson Irvine, Jeggo is another pushing his name forward for selection.

What a thrilling time ahead for this fresh face in the Australian squad.

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Adelaide United 2 x 1 Sydney FC

A last-gasp penalty from Marcelo Carrusca has helped Adelaide United to a thrilling 2-1 win over Sydney FC at Coopers Stadium on Friday night.

Sky Blues fullback Alex Gersbach was dismissed midway through the first half before James Jeggo put the Reds in the lead just past the hour mark with a stunning strike from distance.

Under-fire marquee Filip Holosko appeared to have salvaged a point for Sydney with 20 minutes remaining with a audacious finish before a clumsy challenge from Jacques Faty in stoppage time allowed Carrusca to net the winner.  


1-0 (James Jeggo 62’) – Dylan McGowan expertly knocked the ball down into the path of Jeggo on the edge of the area with the midfielder smashing a first-time drive past the helpless Janjetovic.

1-1 (Filip Holosko 70’) – Milos Ninkovic rose highest to win a header on the edge of the box before finding Holosko inside the area. The Slovakian cleverly controlled the ball on his chest before dinking a delightful shot on the turn over the stranded Eugene Galekovic.

2-1 (Marcelo Carrusca 90+4) – Jacques Faty clumsily brought down Ryan McGowan inside the area deep into stoppage time to give Marcelo Carrusca the chance to win it from the penalty spot. The Argentinian coolly slotted his shot into the roof of the net past Vedran Janjetovic.


In an opening stanza devoid of genuine quality, Adelaide almost found the opener through an audacious free kick from Spaniard Pablo Sanchez. The striker whipped in a fizzing ball from close to the touchline which bamboozled Sydney FC shot-stopper Vedran Janjetovic before smashing into the crossbar.


Sydney FC were forced to absorb a glut of pressure in the second stanza but appeared certain to fall behind in the 55th minute before the intervention of goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic. The shot-stopper produced a stunning reflex save to deny Pablo Sanchez from point blank range after a delightful cross from James Jeggo.


Sydney FC young gun Alex Gersbach produced a moment of madness in the 28th minute, correctly shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Reds midfielder James Jeggo.


It was a largely stop-start affair at Coopers Stadium with a total of 34 fouls, five yellow cards and one red punctuating a somewhat spiteful clash.


Graham Arnold will be pleased with his side’s endeavor after being forced to play much of the match with only 10 players.

Skipper Alex Brosque and Andrew Hoole will be welcome additions for Sydney FC’s trip to Wellington next weekend, though Arnold will need to rejig his defensive structure with the suspension of Gersbach.

Filip Holosko’s second goal of the season will ease the pressure on the marquee and could give the Slovakian some much needed confidence after an indifferent start to the season.


Adelaide have now won two on the bounce and are beginning to show signs of improvement especially in the attacking third.

The Reds will look to next week’s clash against the Jets as a real opportunity to grab their third win of the season and close the gap on the top six.


Adelaide United:  Galekovic (GK), Marrone, McGowan, Elsey, Elrich, Carrusca, Isaias, Jeggo, Cirio, Pablo Sanchez, Goodwin

Sydney FC:  Janjetovic (GK), Grant, Ryall, Jurman, Gersbach, Dimitrijevic (O’Neill 73’), Ninkovic, Tavares, Holosko, Smeltz, Naumoff (Faty 29’)

Scorers:  Jeggo 62’, Holosko 70’, Carrusca 90+4
Red cards: Gersbach 28’
Yellow cards:  Elrich 6’, Jurman 8’, Galekovic 36’, Dimitrijevic 57’, Elsey 82’
Conditions: Fine 19c



Source : Football Federation Australia

James Jeggo named NAB Young Footballer of the Year

James Jeggo from Adelaide United, has been named the NAB Young Footballer of Year at the Hyundai A-League & Westfield W-League 2014/15 Awards night which were held at the Carriageworks in Sydney tonight.

Jeggo finished ahead of his fellow monthly nominees Brandon Borello (Brisbane Roar FC), Jamie Maclaren (Perth Glory), Terry Antonis (Sydney FC) and Tomi Juric (Western Sydney Wanderers).

Having played his junior football at the Green Gully club in Melbourne, Jeggo signed with Adelaide United after spending the last three seasons with Melbourne Victory.

The move proved to be a good one for Jeggo who played the most minutes of any player from 27 of Adelaide United’s 28 matches in the Hyundai A-League 2014/115 season and Hyundai A-League 2015 Finals Series.

Speaking shortly after receiving his award, Jeggo was honoured to be named the NAB Young Footballer of Year for 2014/15.

“What can I say I’m speechless.

“To be recognised in the company of Jamie (Maclaren), who I grew up playing with, Brandon (Borello), Terry (Antonis) and Tomi is an amazing achievement

“Firstly I have to thank Josep (Adelaide United Head Coach) for giving me the opportunity to join Adelaide this season, my teammates who have worked so hard on and off the field and all the fans who have supported us this season.

“Also, I would like to thank NAB for sponsoring this award and continuing to recognise the achievements of young footballers in Australia.

“Hopefully I can continue to improve and play even better next season.”

“As a supporter of the NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award, NAB is proud to play an important role in recognising and rewarding the stars of tomorrow.” Mr Steve Shaw Retail General Manager, Victoria and Tasmania said

“We are delighted to present James with a $10,000 personal investment portfolio along with a Private Client Manager through NAB Private Wealth ensuring his financial goals both now and into the future are realised.

“It was also fantastic to provide James’s junior club, Green Gully Soccer Club, with a NAB Club Recognition Award upon his nomination. We hope that the resources, both practical and financial, assist them in developing more stars of Australian football.

“We hope to one day see him kitted out in the famous green and gold representing the Socceroos.” Mr Shaw continued.

Jeggo will receive a $10,000 NAB personal investment portfolio, along with a NAB Private Client Manager to assist with a range of banking and financial services.


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Adelaide United again have the measure of Perth Glory

January 5, 2015 – 10:59PM

Adelaide United 2 Perth Glory 1

Marcelo Carrusca of Adelaide United and Chris Harold of Perth Glory vie for the ball.

Marcelo Carrusca of Adelaide United and Chris Harold of Perth Glory vie for the ball. Photo: Getty Images

PERTH Adelaide United have continued their run as Perth Glory’s bogey side this season, beating the A-League leaders 2-1 in sweltering conditions at nib Stadium on Monday night.

The kick-off was pushed back from 5pm local time to 5.30pm but that made no difference with the temperature 39 degrees at the start and still 35 by fulltime.

Despite the horrendous conditions, the teams played entertaining soccer, with Nebojsa Marinkovic scoring for Glory in the 11th minute against the run of play. But Adelaide continued to make the majority of the running.


That led to goals to Craig Goodwin in the 31st minute and then the winner in the 49th to James Jeggo.

Adelaide have now handed Perth their only two losses of the A-League season and also beaten them in the final of the inaugural FFA Cup.

Monday’s win takes the Reds back into second position on the table ahead of Wellington Phoenix.

Perth remain three points clear on top heading into the league’s two-week Asian Cup hiatus and, given the extreme heat and the three-day turnaround from Friday’s 2-1 win over Melbourne Victory, coach Kenny Lowe will remain a happy man.

Adelaide made all the running in the opening 10 minutes, but Glory scored with virtually their first attacking foray of the game in the 11th minute.

Andy Keogh put the ball into the path of Marinkovic who struck a ground ball sweetly past Reds goalkeeper Paul Izzo.

The equaliser came courtesy of a terrible mistake by one of Glory’s most experienced and reliable campaigners.

Richard Garcia took things far too easy in his own half and with little to no pressure on him, horribly miscued a back pass towards ‘keeper Danny Vukovic, only for Goodwin to swoop for Adelaide and easily beat Vukovic to score.

The scores were level at half-time, but it only took four minutes after the start for the winning goal to be scored.

Sergio Cirio set up Bruce Djite down the flank, and he put the ball into the path of Jeggo in the box. Jeggo coolly slotted it past Vukovic.



Source : The Canberra Times

Perth Glory 1 Adelaide United 2

Adelaide United came from behind to score a 2-1 win over Hyundai A-League leaders Perth Glory in humid conditions at nib Stadium on Monday night.

Glory took the lead through Nebojsa Marinkovic after 11 minutes before Craig Goodwin and James Jeggo found the back of the net either side of half-time to help the Reds snatch a third straight victory over Perth this season, including last month’s Westfield FFA Cup grand final triumph, in a match that kicked off in 36C heat and finished with the match still sitting above 32C.

The Reds remain the only side to beat Glory this season and will head into the Asian Cup break just six points adrift of Kenny Lowe’s side.

What they said
“It’s something we’ve been working on specially in training, we’ve got specific runs that we make into the box and the wide players know where they need to put it. I made that run and was lucky enough to tuck it away.
“We’re content. We’ve been a bit disappointed with the last couple of results but we really wanted to get the result tonight going into the break and we’ve done that.” – Adelaide United midfielder James Jeggo
“We definitely didn’t lie down. I think fatigue took a little bit out of us, we were playing in similar conditions three days ago. So two forty-degree games in three days is pretty tough and I think it showed towards the end there.
“They’re a great team (Adelaide) that play great football and we just don’t seem to be able to get a result at the moment but we’ve got them one more time this season so we’ll see if we can get the nod on them next time.” – Perth Glory defender Joshua Risdon


1-0 Nebojsa Marinkovic (11’) Glory captain Michael Thwaite played a long ball to striker Andy Keogh, who cut back inside Reds defender Dylan McGowan before knocking the ball to a waiting Marinkovic at the top of the box. The Serbian was as cool as a cucumber in the searing heat as he slotted home the opener from 20 yards.

1-1 Craig Goodwin (31’) Glory midfielder Richard Garcia found himself under pressure in his team’s back half and attempted to pass back to goalkeeper Danny Vukovic, but lacked penetration on his kick and the ball fell into the path of Goodwin. Vukovic also hesitated in his effort to meet the sloppy pass and could only watch in horror as Goodwin knocked the ball into the back of the net.

1-2 James Jeggo (48’) The match seemingly opened up for the visitors when Sergio Cirio found space on the left. The Spanish ace combined with the unmarked Bruce Djite to find a running Jeggo, who hammered the ball home from close range to give Adelaide the lead and the three points.

Key moment

Due to the extreme heat, two dedicated drinks breaks were scheduled at the midpoints of each half. The first one proved telling. At that point, Glory was leading 1-0 and seemingly in control of the match. But Adelaide was a different side after the mini-break and pounced on Garcia’s error to first equalise and then return to playing the possession-dominant football that has been a vital part of the success so far this season.

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The Reds had not tasted victory on its previous six visits to Perth, although the last three saw the Adelaide side take a point from each match.

Treatment table

In-form Glory winger Chris Harold was pulled from the game after just 25 minutes suffering from heat exhaustion. The temperature at the time was a little under 35C. A clearly distressed Harold collapsed into a plastic chair on the sidelines after exiting the pitch as the club’s doctors placed ice packs on his neck and forehead.

Back to the drawing board

Adelaide’s previous two wins over Perth were on home soil, but there is now no denying the Reds have Glory’s measure this season. Perth was searching for a record ninth consecutive home win, but the FFA Cup champions once again turned the screws on their rivals and delivered another winning result.  Lowe must now find a solution to his team’s constant struggles against the all-conquering Reds.

The Final Word

After two games played in searing heat in the past three days, Perth Glory players will have almost three weeks to recover before the club’s next game against Melbourne Victory at nib Stadium on January 25. Despite the loss, Glory still sits four points clear at the top of the Hyundai A-League at the halfway mark of the season and few would have predicted the men in purple to be leading the way at this point of the campaign.

Adelaide will also welcome the break despite going into the Asian Cup hiatus on the back of a much-needed win. The Reds were undefeated in their opening seven games of the season, but claimed just nine points from the next seven. Expect Reds coach Josep Gombau to use the break wisely and have his team primed for the back half of the season.


Perth Glory: Danny Vukovic (GK), Rostyn Griffiths, Dino Djulbic (Jack Clisby 90’+1), Andy Keogh, Nebojsa Marinkovic, Richard Garcia, Chris Harold (Jamie Maclaren 25m), Sidnei Sciola (Daniel De Silva 60’), Josh Risdon, Scott Jamieson, Michael Thwaite (C).

Adelaide United: Michael Marrone, Nigel Boogaard (C), Dylan McGowan, Isaias, Sergio Cirio, Marcelo Carrusca (Pablo Sanchez 67’), Bruce Djite (Osama Malik 80’), Craig Goodwin (Awer Mabil 46’), Jimmy Jeggo, Paul Izzo (GK), Tarek Elrich

Scorers: Nebojsa Marinkovic (11’), Craig Goodwin (31’), James Jeggo (48’)

Red cards: Nil

Yellow cards: Nebojsa Marinkovic (38’), Scott Jamieson (45’), Sidnei Sciola (51’), James Jeggo (58’), Marcelo Carrusca (62’)

Conditions: 36C, hot

Attendance: 9699 @ nib Stadium


Source : Football Federation Australia website

Melbourne Victory 3 x 1 Central Coast Mariners

Friday, 7 March 2014 10:30 PM

Victory dispose of wasteful Mariners

Melbourne Victory saw off the Central Coast Mariners 3-1 and shored up their finals ambitions after a gritty contest at AAMI Park on Friday night.

The hosts, who led at half-time through Jimmy Jeggo’s goal, saw Zac Anderson equalise for the Mariners, before he gave away a penalty which James Troisi converted. Substitute Kosta Barbarouses added another goal in injury time to seal three much-needed points for Kevin Muscat’s side.

The win lifts Victory above the Mariners and Adelaide and into third on the table, with seven points separating them from seventh place ahead of the rest of the weekend’s action.

Having suffered five defeats from their last six A-League matches, the Mariners will be looking over their shoulder during the final five rounds of the campaign as they seek to prolong their title defence.

A combination of international duty, injury and suspension forced four changes to the Victory starting XI and three from the Mariners’ last outing, and the upheaval on both sides was evident in a cagey, disjointed start to the game.

It took until the 11th minute for the first real sight of goal to arrive. Even then it was only by accident, Leigh Broxham nearly diverting Kim Seung-Yong’s corner into his own net, with the woodwork and Mitchell Duke’s inability to control the rebound sparing the Victory.

After a considerable lull the hosts finally mustered a shot on target, Guilherme Finkler shooting straight at Liam Reddy from long range in the 29th minute.

The Mariners came within inches of opening the scoring two minutes later, when Nick Fitzgerald flashed a header just wide of goal from Duke’s delivery.

The next opportunity fell to the hosts less than 60 seconds later, and, despite having previously laboured without reward, they seized it without hesitation.

Finkler, positioned inside the penalty area, did well to cushion down Connor Pain’s pass from out wide before turning and laying it off to Jeggo, who took a touch and beat his man, firing through a crowded penalty area and into the far corner of the net.

A livelier start to the second half produced several openings. Fitzgerald tested Lawrence Thomas and Duke got in behind the Victory defence, while at the other end Pain broke free inside the area but opted to try and find a team-mate when shooting seemed a better option.

It was the Mariners who forced the next breakthrough and they had a Victory goalkeeping error to thank for it, something that has become a familiar sight in recent weeks.

Thomas, promoted last week in place of the inconsistent Nathan Coe, failed to clear a routine delivery from a set-piece, missing the ball completely and allowing Anderson to stab home the equaliser.

The goal-scorer turned unfortunate villain of the piece for the visitors in the 76th minute, handling an Archie Thompson shot inside the area and conceding a penalty which Troisi slammed home off the underside of the crossbar.

Barbarouses made absolutely certain of the spoils late on when he finished off a Victory counter-attack by tucking the ball beyond a helpless Reddy from close range.

Match Details
Melbourne Victory 3
 (Jeggo 31’, Troisi 77’ (pen), Barbarouses 90+3’)
Central Coast Mariners 1 (Anderson 63’)
Referee: Ben Williams
Crowd: 15,031 @ AAMI Park

Melbourne Victory line-up: 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 2.Pablo CONTRERAS, 6.Leigh BROXHAM (c), 7.Gui FINKLER, 10.Archie THOMPSON, 11.Connor PAIN (9.Kosta BARBAROUSES 61’), 14.James TROISI (26.Jordan BROWN 90+3’), 16.Rashid MAHAZI, 17.James JEGGO (22.Jesse MAKAROUNAS 87’), 24.Scott GALLOWAY, 25.Jason GERIA
Substitutes not used: 1.Nathan COE (gk), 30.Dylan MURNANE
Yellow cards: Jeggo 82’, Mahazi 87’
Red cards: Nil

Central Coast Mariners line-up: 12.Liam REDDY (gk), 4.Marcel SEIP, 5.Zachary ANDERSON, 6.Brent GRIFFITHS, 7.John HUTCHINSON (c), 9.Mitchell DUKE, 11.Nick FITZGERALD (21.Mile STERJOVSKI 82’), 17.Anthony CACERES, 20.Bernie IBINI (19.Matt SIMON 77’), 26.KIM Seung-yong (28.Glen TRIFIRO 66’), 29.Matt SIM
Substitutes not used: 1.Justin PASFIELD (gk), 8.Nick MONTGOMERY
Yellow cards: Anderson 36’
Red cards: Nil


Source : Football Federation Australia