Six things we learned from the A-League third round: Melbourne city bragging rights after derby win, Newcastle Jets flying high and Perth covered in glory
- Melbourne City are first to set the pace in the A-League after three rounds
- Western Sydney Wanderers and Newcastle Jets have also started well
- Perth Glory moved into the top six after upsetting the Central Coast Mariners 2-1
In what was a nightmarish weekend for some tipsters, the third round of A-League action offered plenty of surprises.
At the top end, Melbourne City maintained their perfect record after beating Victory 2-0 in the derby at AAMI Park.
In form, striker Jamie Maclaren found the back of the net, his fourth in three games, before an own goal sealed the result for Patrick Kisnorbo’s side, who are looking in ominous form.
Keeping City honest is the surprise package of the competition in Newcastle.
Arthur Papas has his Jets humming, and they turned heads after easily accounting for Wellington Phoenix 3-1.
Jamie Maclaren didn’t hurt his Socceroo call-up opportunities ahead of the World Cup, scoring in Melbourne City’s 2-0 derby over Victory at AAMI Park.
A-League official Trent Buhagiar was on the scoresheet for Newcastle in their 3-1 win over Wellington.
They scored three times before halftime and are playing an enterprising style of football that will continue to bring fans through the gate.
Marko Rudan’s Western Sydney Wanderers lost their first points of the season after drawing 1-1 with Brisbane at Commbank Stadium.
These are the kinds of games the Wanderers need to win if they want to play football in the semifinals, especially since they took an early lead, dominated possession and had more shots on goal.
Former EPL star Charlie Austin opened his account for the Roar.
Perth provided the biggest upset of the round, coming from behind to beat a disappointing Central Coast 2-1 at Gosford.
With the suggestion of many pundits and fans to finish with another wooden spoon, Glory is now in the top six, with Giordano Colli and Aaron McEneff scoring on both sides of halftime.
Elsewhere, Sydney FC and Adelaide played to a thrilling 2-2 draw at Allianz Stadium, with Hiroshi Ibusuki’s first-half red card the main topic of conversation.
The decision baffled many, and the match review panel later overturned the decision, which was deemed an “obvious mistake” by referee Daniel Elder.
Strangely, VAR agreed with Elder’s rash decision, leaving Reds manager Carl Veart understandably furious.
Western United remain bottom of the league, but John Aloisi would have been heartened by the spirit his side displayed in a 1-1 draw with Macarthur FC.