At the midpoint of the season, Sydney’s dominance puts them in a rosy light, but suggests almost every other team is coming up short At the midway point of the A-League season, despite some positive sub-plots, only two sides have performed at an enco…
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Our team-by-team guide to the new season kicks off with the four sides least likely to make the finals this year
Wellington, Central Coast, Adelaide and Newcastle – if you support any of these teams you probably think what follows is a stitch-up or further evidence of some kind of bias. And the truth is, they could all equally go on to make the top four; this is Australian football we’re talking about after all, a universe about as reliable as a Trump administration spokesperson.
Yet there also happens to be some logic behind the decision to include them. This quartet occupied the bottom four spots on last year’s ladder, three of them have been hanging around there for the past two seasons, a pair of them for the last three years, and in the case of the Jets, seven seasons on the trot. So, while each can look forward to improved efforts, they still have plenty of ground to make up on sides above them.
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- Merrick takes over at club following sacking of Mark Jones last month
- Hugely experienced coach has 241 A-League games under his belt
Ernie Merrick has been confirmed as coach of the Newcastle Jets for the next two A-League seasons. The Scot had been a frontrunner for the Jets role since Mark Jones was sacked last month, one year into a two-year deal.
The 64-year-old will join the Jets as one of the A-League’s most experienced and decorated coaches. During 241 A-League games, Merrick won the 2007 and 2009 titles with A-League heavyweights Melbourne Victory.
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- Sydney FC beat Newcastle 2-0 at Allianz Stadium
- Adelaide FC and Western Sydney Wanderers drew 2-2 at Coopers Stadium
A-League premiers Sydney FC amassed the greatest points tally in the competition’s history after a final-round 2-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday. But it has come at a cost to the Sky Blues, after goal scorer and standout Milos Ninkovic limped off the Allianz Stadium pitch after a sliding tackle by Ben Kantarovski.
Ninkovic’s 56th-minute goal and skipper Alex Brosque’s 87th-minute effort took Sydney to 66 points from 27 games, one point more than the previous mark of 65 set by Ange Postecoglou’s brilliant 2010-11 Brisbane side over a 30-game season.
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- Newcastle Jets 0-3 Western Sydney Wanderers
Two goals from skipper Robbie Cornthwaite have helped put Western Sydney Wanderers in sight of guaranteed finals football with a 3-0 win over Newcastle. The Jets created the better chances in the first half of Saturday’s round 25 A-League game at McDonald Jones Stadium before the Wanderers made the most of theirs in the 40th and 42nd minutes.
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- Sydney FC 3-0 Perth Glory at nib Stadium
- Wellington Phoenix 5-0 Newcastle Jets at Westpac Stadium
Sydney FC have celebrated winning the A-League Premiers’ Plate in style with a decisive 3-0 victory over Perth Glory at nib Stadium on Sunday. An own goal on 38 minutes from Glory debutant Lucian Goian, Brandon O’Neill’s sweet strike three minutes later and a Bobo goal in the 63rd minute sealed an 18th win of the campaign for Sydney.
Having secured the first-past-the-post title after Brisbane Roar defeated Melbourne Victory on Saturday night, the Sky Blues are now an astonishing 14 points clear at the top of the table. Their total of 59 points is a record for a 27-round A-League season. With three rounds remaining before the finals, Sydney could break Roar’s record for a 30-round campaign of 65 points.
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- Central Coast Mariners 2-3 Melbourne City
- Newcastle Jets 1-3 Brisbane Roar
Melbourne City climbed into third place after surviving a frenetic 3-2 A-League thriller against 10-man Central Coast, thanks to some luck and Paul Izzo’s goalkeeping implosion.
A Bruno Fornaroli brace, own-goals and goalkeeping howlers were the order of the day as Mariners captain Nick Montgomery and young City defender Ruon Tongyik both found the wrong net, before Izzo’s 62nd-minute red card and the subsequent penalty finished City’s job for them.
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- Newcastle Jets 1-1 Central Coast Mariners
- Jets two points off Wanderers in sixth; Mariners four off finals berth
Central Coast came from behind to draw 1-1 with Newcastle, denying the Jets a return to the A-League’s top six and a first home F3 derby win in 1,590 days.
Aleksandr Kokko scored his maiden A-League goal to put the hosts ahead early but Scott Galloway made them pay for a sloppy start to the second half at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday.
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- Newcastle Jets 0-0 Melbourne Victory
- Draw leaves Victory 11 points behind A-League leaders Sydney FC
The Hunter is again an unhappy hunting ground for Melbourne Victory, whose Premiers’ Plate ambitions have all but dissolved after a stalemate with Newcastle left them 11 points adrift of leaders Sydney FC.
The Jets reaped no reward from their dominant display at McDonald Jones Stadium on Monday night, but took a point to lift them back into the top six and in the hunt for a first finals berth in seven seasons.
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- Wellington Phoenix 1-3 Western Sydney Wanderers
- Melbourne Victory 2-1 Melbourne City – as it happened
- Perth Glory 3-2 Newcastle Jets
Besart Berisha propelled Melbourne Victory to an A-League derby comeback for the ages, coming from a goal behind to defeat Melbourne City 2-1 in the dying stages. Amid high drama on Saturday, Tim Cahill was sent off for dissent without making it onto the pitch as Victory jumped off the canvas with six minutes remaining.
City appeared to be heading for a win when Neil Kilkenny scored the first goal of his Australian career to put them ahead after 70 minutes. But Berisha – who had threatened to be the night’s villain after having a penalty saved brilliantly by Dean Bouzanis – put Victory on terms from Marco Rojas’ cut-back.
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- Newcastle Jets 2-1 Melbourne City at Coffs Harbour
- Livewire Andrew Habbout nets twice as Jets move inside top six
Newcastle livewire Andrew Nabbout has continued his A-League purple patch, scoring twice to dismantle Melbourne City 2-1 and lift the Jets back into the top six. A flat City were caught on the break either side of halftime in Coffs Harbour on Friday night as Nabbout delivered a finishing masterclass to notch his first brace since bursting on the scene in 2012 with Melbourne Victory.
Although the 24-year-old winger conceded a controversial penalty converted by Bruno Fornaroli to give the visitors hope, Michael Valkanis’ side slumped to another loss on the road to flounder six points behind Victory ahead of next week’s final Melbourne derby.
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- Western Sydney seal first home win of season, after going winless for six games
- Scott and Jaushua Sotirio on scoresheet in 2-0 win
Teenage striker Lachlan Scott has finally got the monkey off his – and Western Sydney’s – back, scoring his maiden A-League goal to help the Wanderers to their first home win of the season.
Scott’s first-half strike and Jaushua Sotirio’s 68th-minute effort sealed a much-needed 2-0 triumph over mid-table rivals Newcastle at Campbelltown Stadium on Sunday. The result was a long time coming for Tony Popovic’s stuttering squad, winless in their past six games, with just 15 points from 15 rounds and needing a win to stay in touch with the top six.
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- Newcastle Jets 2-2 Perth Glory at McDonald Jones Stadium
- Perth captain Rostyn Griffiths dismissed late on
Newcastle and Perth remain in the A-League’s top six after playing out a neck-and-neck 2-2 draw marred by a controversial late red card to Glory captain Rostyn Griffiths.
The Jets came from behind to lead 2-1 at half-time via a contentious penalty and quick counter-attack, before Perth equalised after the break at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday.
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- Melbourne Victory 4-2 Newcastle Jets
- Coach Mark Jones signals plenty of mid-season transfer activity
Newcastle Jets are planning to trade their way into the A-League finals, with coach Mark Jones confirming the club will be active participants in the transfer window.
But there could be player losses to come during January’s open market, as rival clubs eye the Jets’ top talent.
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