Saturday 20 January 2018 / 12:45 AM

A-LEAGUE ROUND 7 WRAP

The two remaining winless teams in the A-League opened their accounts over the weekend, in a reduced round caused by Western Sydney’s match against the Wellington Phoenix being postponed due to poor field conditions. Commentary Box Sports brings you all the goals and how it went down in Round 7 of the competition.

Late stunner seals Adelaide win

A beautiful goal three minutes into added time saw Adelaide come from behind and beat the Central Coast on Thursday night to remain mid-table.

Adelaide enjoyed a glut of early chances but were appalling when it came time to execute on goal, the worst of which saw Nikola Mileusnic smash wide with an open target on 37 minutes. They were made to pay dearly, a minute later giving away a penalty which prolific Mariner Wout Brama converted after sending keeper Paul Izzo the wrong way. Fourteen minutes into the second stanza Daniel Adlung lashed an equaliser from outside the box. With the game looking destined for a draw as additional time ticked over, Mark Ochieng knocked a bicycle-kicked ball back into the box where Ryan Kitto hit a first-time volley to secure the dramatic win for the Reds.

Brisbane earn belated first win

It took seven rounds of play, but the Brisbane Roar finally have a win on the board after upsetting Melbourne City 3-1 at home.

While the Roar were good and took their chances, City were simply terrible when it came to defending, and made a comedy of errors, including in the lead-up to all three Brisbane goals. Avraam Papadopoulos netted in the 5th and 70th minutes off the head and foot respectively, while Éric Bauthéac powered a shot past the outstretched Eugene Galekovic just before the break, after Italian star import Massimo Maccarone picked off a wayward back pass to assist. Stefan Mauk dragged one back 10 minutes after the break for City, but their shortcomings at the other end ensured this was never going to be Melbourne’s day.

FC win top of the table clash

After suffering a very rare defeat last week, Sydney FC got back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over their nearest rivals on the A-League ladder, the Newcastle Jets.

FC were quick to start, with Bobo knocking the ball between his marker’s legs before squaring to Milos Ninkovic who pushed the ball into the net. Both keepers produced some brilliant saves in testing wet conditions through the remainder of the first half, but on the hour Newcastle’s Jack Duncan fumbled a regulation grab to gift Bobo with the easiest of tap-ins to double the advantage. A rocket from Dimitri Petratos dragged the Jets back into the game with 25 to go, but in the end Sydney extended their unbeaten run at home to 20-straight games.

Victory on the board after Glory win

Melbourne Victory finally have a win to their name, with two second-half goals seeing them past Perth on the road.

The Victory peppered the Glory goal early and had Besart Berisha go very close on a couple of occasions, while Rhys Williams headed just over the bar right before the break. Perth, who were without two of their best players in the form of Adam Taggart and Diego Castro, eventually cracked when Berisha netted on 56 minutes, before Dutch star Leroy George poked the ball home 10 minutes later to double Melbourne’s lead. The Victory dominated the closing exchanges to pick up all three points and leapfrog Perth on the ladder into sixth position.

[YouTube – Matchday Highlights]

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One of CBS’s newest contributors, Te Aroha product Corey is the New Zealand correspondent for NRL.com, the editor for the excellent new site Kiwi League Central, and a guru of the local Auckland rugby league scene.

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