Saturday 24 February 2018 / 04:52 PM


Drama at the death in a couple of games, while FC and City become the only teams with two wins from the opening fortnight of the new season. Commentary Box Sports wraps up Round 2 of the A-League.

Adelaide’s late raid earns first win

They didn’t lead the match until the second minute of added time, but that was enough to see Adelaide get their first victory of the season in the shape of a 2-1 win over Brisbane.

The Roar struck early through evergreen forward Massimo Maccarone, who arrived late at the back post to hammer home on eight minutes, and it was the hosts who lead at half-time despite Adelaide dominating almost every key statistic in the game. United continued to produce quality play in the second and were eventually rewarded with a goal to substitute Ryan Kitto, who scored just four minutes after entering the field. Adelaide weren’t done, and with just two minutes left in added time, the ball spilled out to the edge of the box where Johan Absalonsen smashed home a brilliant goal without even lifting his eyes away from the ball.

Wanderers and Mariners play out fiery draw

A spiteful clash, which saw 33 fouls committed with six yellow cards shown as well as a red, finished in a 2-2 draw with both sides ruing missed opportunities on goal.

It was an error from Vedran Janjetovic which led to the first, with the Western Sydney keeper unable to complete a regulation catch which rolled the ball into the path of a waiting Asdrubal. Six minutes from oranges Oriol Riera equalised from the penalty spot, but by the hour mark Daniel De Silva had given Central Coast the lead again with a lovely shot off the outside foot. The joy lasted all but six minutes, before Roly Bonevacia netted his first goal for the Wanderers to tie things up at 2-2. Andrew Hoole finished an otherwise fine performance by being shown his second yellow in the 85th, but his Mariners held on to grab their first point of the new campaign.

Melbourne Derby heads City side

City wing Bruce Kamau made it three goals in the opening two games of the season, scoring the winner in a 2-1 triumph over the Victory thanks to a long run and cheeky chip, which was aided by a fortuitous deflection in the end.

Earlier Marcin Budzinski had proved an inspired substitute, coming on to give City the lead just six minutes into his shift. They held the advantage for the opening 15 minutes of the second period, but Victory battled back thanks to Leroy George’s finish through the legs of City keeper Eugene Galekovic. Despite some late heroics from Lawrence Thomas in the net, Victory couldn’t find a way back and the first edition of the derby belonged to their rivals.

Taggart rescues point at the death

A 92nd-minute wonder header from former Newcastle player Adam Taggart earned Perth a 2-2 draw with the Jets on Sunday, capping a stellar two-goal performance from the 24-year-old striker.

The visitors took the lead before the game was even 10 minutes old, with Taggart producing a deft finish off a cross, while at the other end his keeper Liam Reddy was called to action with some lovely saves. He was helpless to stop Roy O’Donovan scoring his fourth of the season on the half hour though, and 30 minutes later the Jets had the lead thanks to Benjamin Kantarovski, who finished the scraps from a Nikolai Topor-Stanley header off the post. Just as Newcastle looked set to make a perfect start to their campaign, Taggart came up with the goods late in the piece to break Hunter hearts and ensure honours were shared.

Bobo brace helps FC past Nix

Two goals from Brazilian forward Bobo proved the difference for Sydney FC, who were taken all the way by a dogged Wellington Phoenix in a 3-2 result at Allianz Stadium.

As they did in Round 1, Sydney started slow – no doubt due to this being their third game in a week – and despite Wellington dominating the opening proceedings, the hosts netted first via Bobo, who turned his marker and fired high. Five minutes later the lead was doubled after a screaming goal from Michael Zullo, his first since season 2008. The Nix wouldn’t go away though, exposing Sydney at the back for goals to Andrija Kaluderovic and Dario Vidosic, with Bobo’s 49th-minute strike in between proving enough for the defending champions.

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