(V)A(R)-League Review: Matchday 14

Yeah, to be honest, I just needed an image that fit the title.

Sydney FC 2 defeated Newcastle Jets 1 @ McDonald Jones Stadium

Fresh off dumping Ernie Merrick’s corpse in whatever remains of the Hunter Valley, the Jets had a date with the hooligans from down the M1, although with the New Coach Bounce bound to take effect, the difference on the table wouldn’t look as profound on the scoreboard.

Much to the delight of the Jets fanbase, this game very nearly didn’t go ahead, due to concerns about the air quality on Friday – Eventually, the FFA postponed the W-League match between the Jets and Adelaide United, but the A-League went ahead as planned – The difference being a flight versus a drive.

Bloody disgraceful – Haven’t the Novocastrians suffered enough.

Other than that, it was pretty much as you were, Sydney winning again, despite the news they’ve sold off Brandon O’Neill to a Korean labour camp – I mean, Pohang Steelers.

Not that he matters, considering the Sky Blues are like the Ship Of Theseus – Sydney FTheseus, if you will.

Wellington Phoenix 2 defeated Western Sydney 0 @ Westpac Stadium

The Phoenix are in form, their fixture is open like a bloody desert highway, and they’re bloody well making the most of it.

After this win, the Kiwis are now 9 games unbeaten, equalling a club record from last season’s finals run, they’re up to a clear 4th place (Only behind the Glory on goal difference), and the Mighty Mexican Ulises Davila is in Johnny Warren Medal contention with the way he’s playing.

He opened the scoring in the 15th minute (After narrowly missing minutes earlier) thanks to a beautiful entree from his strike partner Gary Hooper, but he had no part in the second goal, which ended up being scored by left back Liberato Cacace in the 88th minute, finishing off the Wanderers, after they pissed away an entire 2nd Half’s worth of possession to seal their own doom.

In a sign of the times out in Western Sydney, Marco Kurz’ press conference lasted all of 76 seconds, which is still longer than the Wanderer’s title hopes lasted this season.

7 losses from 9 games – They are one clinical disappointment after another.

Brisbane Roar 2 drew with Melbourne City 2 @ Suncorp Stadium

“Blimey Harry, did you see that ludicrous display last night?”

“What’s Mombaerts doing bringing off Wales that early?”

“The thing about City is they always try and walk it in.”

Perth Glory 3 defeated Adelaide United 0 @ HBF Park

The Wellington Phoenix are one of the form teams of the league, but right now, the Glory boys are THE form team of the league – At least until they have to play Sydney FC again.

5 consecutive wins after only winning 1 of their first 7 games, in a match that looked half decent on paper, with it being Adelaide’s first visit to Perth since they nearly pinched that utterly epic (And bloody torturous) final last season, coming back from 2-0 down to equalise on the stroke of full time, and then equalising again in extra time, before their Rasputin-esque run of survival ended in a penalty shootout.

With the form this United team is in, they couldn’t even sniff last season’s jockstrap, and thanks to goals from Joel Chianese & Bruno Fornaroli in the 1st Half (The Spanish Maestro with both assists), and Chris Ikonomidis on the hour mark, they’ll be lucky to sniff one of the dirty socks.

Central Coast Mariners 3 defeated Melbourne Victory 2 @ Central Coast Stadium

The law of averages suggests that there is always at least 1 A-League game every week that ends up being crazier than experiencing an acid trip with Peter Fonda.

This was that kind of completely unusual game.

After going to 1-1 at the half, the Mariners appeared to have taken the lead in the 52nd minute, when Kye Rowles slotted home a pass from Jair… But the VAR’s spidey senses tingled, and the goal was wiped out when Rowles was (correctly) deemed offside in the build-up, with his boot barely past the last defender’s hand.

Stock standard call

The League’s No.1 star made another appearance in the 66th minute, after Matt Simon was sent tumbling like Jenga blocks by James Donachie inside the penalty box, but referee had none of it, and the VAR agreed, which led to an irate Milan Duric thinking arguing would make a difference – He would end up with a booking.

That was all elementary, until the final 20 minutes ticked over.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 78th-minute, when Victory’s Adama Traore fired a cross into the box, but it hit the post, and straight off the horrendously unlucky Rowles into the net for an own-goal.

I go on about Big Bash fielding being meme worthy, that was some classic A-League defending.

As the 90 minutes came to an end with Melbourne still up 2-1, a mad scramble in the Victory penalty area ended when referee Ams signalled a handball against the Mariners, but the spidey senses tingled again, and the replay showed it was actually off Leigh Broxham’s arm – PENALTY TO THE MARINERS.

Simon made no mistake from the spot to score what looked like the goal that snatched a point, but, they would soon be half mast.

With play being extended well into the 98th minute, a desperate heave forward by the Mariners led to Michael McGlinchey leading the foot race to a ball that looked certain to either run out or be taken by Lawrence Thomas, only for Broxham to send McGlinchey to the ground, giving away his second penalty in squeaky bum time (It was soft, but a penalty nonetheless), which looked like giving the Mariners an improbable 3 points.

With absolutely no time remaining, Simon slammed it home off the post (His 50th Mariners goal), sending Gosford into a frenzy, and capping off the craziness, Victory coach Marco Kurz was sent off, most likely for abusing the referees, after looking set to bag all 3 points once the 90 was up… only to leave with nada, zilch, a duck egg.

Not that anyone feels the slightest pinch of sympathy for the Victory.

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