Saturday 24 February 2018 / 04:52 PM


A goal-filled Sydney derby, a rare double for an A-League veteran and City remain perfect at the top. Commentary Box Sports brings you the week that was in the Australian top flight.

Lia screamers earn United point

Two cracking finishes from veteran midfielder Vince Lia helped Adelaide continue their unbeaten start to the season, with a 2-2 draw against Melbourne Victory on Friday night.

After a strong opening period it was the Victory who struck first off the head of Besart Berisha, but nine minutes later Lia drove home from long distance to equalise. Tempers flared right on half-time when Johan Absalonsen was booked, before Berisha got involved in an ugly confrontation and also saw yellow for his role in a confrontation. Lia smashed home his second just after the hour mark to give United the lead, but with eight minutes left in regular time Mitch Austin tied things up with a shot low and to the right.

City repel dogged Phoenix

Star signing Ross McCormack chose the ideal time to open his account for City, firing home a free kick to give his side a 1-0 win over Wellington and make it three from three to start the season.

The Phoenix dominated much of the match but were made to pay for poor execution in the attacking third, where they blew a number of golden opportunities, including one which Roy Krishna smashed off the post. After giving 18-year-old Nix keeper Keegan Smith plenty of scares through the opening hour, City finally got a result on 69 minutes, drilling the decisive goal from distance.

Thrilling Sydney derby ends in draw

An energetic derby with plenty of action at both ends finished in a 2-2 draw, as FC and Wanderers both perched themselves inside the top four.

It was a horror opening half hour for the defending champions, who found themselves down 2-0 thanks to Western Sydney’s third-minute strike from Oriol Riera and Brendan Hamill’s awkward, but effective, header on 30 minutes. But slow starts have been a habit for FC all year, and by the 38th minute they halved the deficit thanks to Bono’s penalty. Joshua Brillante tied the game just after the hour, and FC should have won it late when Matt Simon missed a header from close range.

Jets edge roar for valuable road win

Another game, another Roy O’Donovan goal, as Newcastle got past Brisbane 2-1 at Suncorp Stadium.

After the prolific Irishman opened the scoring on 12 minutes, his fifth goal in three games, the game became bogged down more in the middle and it was another Jets defender, Nigel Boogaard, who equalised with a deflected own goal. But just minutes later, and with half-time in sight, Dimi Petratos let rip a stinging shot from outside of the box to take what would end up being the winning 2-1 advantage. The victory was tainted by a serious injury to Ronny Vargas, who had to be taken from the field after a tangle for the ball with Matty McKay.

Late burst sees Glory past Mariners

Two goals in the last 20 minutes saw Perth overcome the Central Coast 2-1 and pick up their first win of the year on Sunday.

For the second week in a row Adam Taggart was the hero, with his classy first touch and thunderous strike on 85 minutes giving the home side the treats after earlier trailing thanks to a strike from Wout Brama. After recovering from their sluggish start, Perth enjoyed scoring chances which fell for Taggart and Andy Keogh. It was the latter who equalised on 70 minutes, and from there the Glory had too much momentum and confidence behind them, overcoming the determined Mariners late to send NIB Stadium into mayhem.

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