Are the Melbourne Victory back on the rise? Seems that way, after a massive statement victory against Sydney FC. Meanwhile, the Central Coast Mariners maintain their spot at the top of the A-League Power Rankings while Melbourne Heart make an even bigger statement victory.
All this and more on this week’s A-League Power Rankings here on the View from Avalon.
1. Central Coast Mariners
The lightning rod this season for Graham Arnold’s Central Coast Mariners has been Daniel McBreen, and he was in on goal in the 68th minute to give Central Coast a 1-0 victory over the Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. The Mariners return to action on Nov. 17 against the Melbourne Victory at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.
2. Newcastle Jets
Gary van Egmond’s Newcastle Jets got back to business against the Western Sydney Wanderers. Down a goal, the Jets struck back thanks to Ryan Griffiths in the 28th minute and the ever-popular Emile heskey in the 37th minute of play to prevail, 2-1, at Parramatta Stadium in Sydney. Newcastle continue their season on Nov. 18 against the Wellington Phoenix at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle.
3. Melbourne Victory
It’s been a weekend of comebacks, and Ange Postecoglou’s Melbourne Victory came back in dramatic fashion to stun Sydney FC 3-2 at Allianz Stadium in Sydney. Super sub Andrew Nabbout scored a brace in the 78th and 90th minutes and Archie Thompson added an insurance goal in the 86th minute of play. Up next for Victory is a clash with the Central Coast Mariners on Nov. 17 at Etihad Stadium.
4. Melbourne Heart
The team making the biggest strides this week is John Aloisi’s Melbourne Heart, who ran it up on defending champions Brisbane Roar 4-1 at AAMI Park in Melbourne. Patrick Gerhardt (20′), Richard Garcia (63′), Josip Tadic (71′, penalty) and David Williams (74′) all scored for Heart, who return to action pon Nov. 17 against Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium in Adelaide.
5. Adelaide United
In spite of Dario Vidosic scoring an equalizer in the 48th minute of play, John Kosmina’s Adelaide United were unable to turn the tide against Perth Glory and settled for a 1-1 draw at Hindmarsh Stadium. Their home stand continues on No. 17 against Melbourne Heart.
6. Perth Glory
Billy Mehmet scored for Ian Ferguson’s Perth Glory in the 42nd minute of play but they couldn’t hang on and settled for a 1-1 draw with Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium. The Glory will hope to get right on Nov. 18 against the Western Sydney Wanderers at nib Stadium in Perth.
7. Wellington Phoenix
Ricki Herbert’s Wellington Phoenix were out of luck, out of creativity and out of goals as they were shut out by the Central Coast Mariners, 1-0, at Westpac Stadium. The Nix will look to change their fortunes around on Nov. 18 when they cross the Tasman to Hunter Stadium to take on the Newcastle Jets.
8. Western Sydney Wanderers
Young gun Joey Gibbs got on the score sheet in the 15th minute of play but it wasn’t enough as Tony Popovic’s Western Sydney Wanderers fell to the Newcastle Jets 2-1 at Parramatta Stadium. Up next for the Wanderers is a match with the Perth Glory on Nov. 18 at nib Stadium.
9. Sydney FC
Alessandro del Piero’s injury woes aren’t the only thing dragging down Ian Crook’s Sydney FC…it’s also their inability to hold on to leads. Yairo Yau scored in thr 14th minute and Pascal Bosschaart added a second in the 48th minute of play, but they could not hang on late and fell 3-2 at Allianz Stadium. Sydney FC will come into their Nov. 16 clash with Brisbane Roar very wounded.
10. Brisbane Roar
The defending champs? More like defending chumps. Such is the case with Rado Vidosic’s Brisbane Roar, who were only able to manage an 82nd minute consolation goal from Henrique en route to a 4-1 belting by Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park. Can Brisbane turn it around in their pillow fight with Sydney FC on Nov. 16 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane? Stay tuned.