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(V)A(R)-League Short Review: Matchday 15

After Matchday 14 ended with some vintage Peak A-League material, this week was pretty mellow, and it did contain one funny coincidence.

Every winning team kept a clean sheet.


Friday


Adelaide United 1 defeated Melbourne Victory 0 @ Hindmarsh Stadium

After their ineptitude delighted everyone for 14 weeks, the Victory brains trust had enough of Marco Kurz, and plunged the knife into his back in a desperate effort to save a season which started with the typical high Victory expectations, but in reality, has them in a pulsating mid-pack race to the bottom of the ocean with the Wanderers.

Flicked after 13 league games in charge – Given Kurz was suspended for a match due to that red card against the Mariners, doesn’t that TECHNICALLY mean he’s suspended until the unlikely event that he gets another managerial gig?

That said, sacking Kurz made as much difference as refitting the brakes on a lemon, given the Vic helped the Croweaters end their 4 match losing streak, meaning they’ve been dumped to 8th behind the Roar.

Don’t you love it.


Saturday


Brisbane Roar 1 defeated Wellington Phoenix 0 @ Suncorp Stadium

The Nux’s club record run was washed into nothingness in the midst of the massive storm that hit the East Coast, thanks to a lone 2nd Half strike from the super sub, Dylan ‘The Hyhenator’ Wenzel-Halls, making his first A-League appearance in a month.

The freshly signed Scott McDonald also came on… But just like his career since he left Celtic, nobody cared.

Really though, the Phoenix pissed quite a few chances against the wall, or more correctly, the crossbar, in the 1st Half – Jashua Sotirio and Steven Taylor both smashed the bar (As I did on a recent wine tour), and Sotirio missed another good chance which went flying into the crowd, and was probably washed out to sea, based on the Brisbane weather on Saturday.

Anyway, you’ve probably seen Brad Inman giving everyone the miss of the season, so here’s another still of it.

The weather does provide Brad with a possibly illegitimate excuse.

Melbourne City 2 defeated Newcastle Jets 0 @ AAMI Park

Despite dumping Ernie Merrick, the Jets have reached the same stunning realisation.

Their team quite simply stinks like a rotting fish head.

Although, I suppose a rotting fish head and the Jets have one thing in common – People feel repulsed the moment they see them.


Sunday


Western United 3 defeated Central Coast Mariners 0 @ GMHBA Stadium

Back in the confines of Sleepy Hollow after a bye week, United demolished the Mariners in just over 20 minutes, with Besart Berisha scoring a brace and Kyle Rowles slotting one into his own net (Thanks to Josh Risdon) pretty much ending the Mariners before they’d got warmed up – It was almost 4-0 after 37 minutes, but Connor Pain’s goal was rubbed out by the line judge, and the VAR (yay) confirmed the call.

Despite Jordan Murray’s wild bicycle just before the half, the match sort of fizzled out after that, but despite taking the points, this has come at a price for United – Alessandro Diaminti (Who set up Berisha’s first goal) was finished half an hour into the day, after pulling up lame – The Italian Stallion was taken to Werribee, where he’ll either be retired to stud, or redployed into United’s starting lineup.

Perth Glory 1 defeated Western Sydney Wanderers 0 @ Bankwest Stadium

With the visitors obviously fired up by Tony Popvic’s burning hatred for his former club, Bruno Fornaroli kicked off the game by being carded in the 5th minute for a bad tackle, and after picking up the game’s only card, he responded with the game’s only goal a minute later, enough to give the Glory boys a club record 6th consecutive victory.

The Wanderers’ current ineptitude was summed up by the stat sheet – 62% of possession, 22 shots to 9 in their favour…

And yet, Liam Reddy had to make a grand total of 2 saves for the game, one of which was a great save in the 1st Half to deny Nicolai Muller from netting the equaliser with a volley.

It appears the Wanderers hierarchy (Aka The Red And Black Bloc) have cracked the shits as a result – Markus Babbel has become the 3rd manager sacked in the past fortnight.

Given how the Jets and Victory have been travelling since they pulled the trigger, this will be a positive change for the Wanderers, and hopefully lift them to the lofty heights of 7th.

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