Action continued this past week in the 2012-13 Hyundai A-League, and Adelaide United have established themselves as the team to beat this year. Of course, the Central Coast Mariners and the Melbourne Victory have something to say about that, as they also picked up big wins this past weekend. Let’s take a look at this week’s A-League Power Rankings on the View from Avalon.
1. Adelaide United
John Kosmina’s Adelaide United moved up to the top of this week’s A-League Power Rankings after a 2-1 victory over Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium in Sydney. Goals from Fabio Ferreira (20′) and Dario Vidosic (88′) paced the Reds, who return to action on Dec. 1 against the Central Coast Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford, NSW.
2. Central Coast Mariners
Graham Arnold’s Central Coast Mariners have emerged as the main challenger of record to Adelaide’s A-League championship aspirations after their 2-1 victory over defending title-holders Brisbane Roar at Bluetongue Stadium. Bernie Ibini-Isei opened the scoring just four minutes into the contest, but it was Tom Rogic that became the hero in the 81st mintue of play.
The Mariners continue their home-stand with a blockbuster showdown against Adelaide United at Bluetongue on Dec. 1.
3. Melbourne Victory
Ange Postecoglou’s Melbourne Victory were forced to play down to 10 men just 16 minutes into their contest with the Western Sydney Wanderers at Parramatta Stadium in Sydney. However, the Victory delivered under pressure and secured an important 2-0 shutout win on the road.
Michael Beauchamp’s own goal in the 44th minute lit a match for the Victory, who doubled their advantage at the hour mark thanks to the club’s top scorer, Archie Thompson. Melbourne continue their season on Nov. 30 against the Perth Glory at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
4. Wellington Phoenix
Ricki Herbert’s Wellington Phoenix spared themselves some serious blushes with Jeremy Brockie’s 73rd-minute goal in their 1-1 draw with Perth Glory at nib Stadium in Perth. The Nix cross the Tasman next week to host the Western Sydney Wanders at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand on Dec. 2.
5. Brisbane Roar
Rado Vidosic’s Brisbane Roar were upended by the Central Coast Mariners on the road, 2-1, at Bluetongue Stadium. Massimo Murdocca equalized in the 32nd minute, but that was all the Roar could muster. The defending champions will aim to get back on the winning track on Dec. 1 against the Newcastle Jets at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
6. Newcastle Jets
It was a wild night of scoring at AAMI Park, but all Gary van Egmond’s Newcastle Jets could muster was a 3-3 draw with Melbourne Heart. Craig Goodwin (56′), Ruben Zadkovich (63′) and Ryan Griffiths (87′) scored for the Jets, who continue their road trip on Dec. 1 against the Brisbane Roar.
7. Melbourne Heart
Richard Garcia scored a brace in the first and 71st minutes of play and Josip Tadic gave John Aloisi’s Melbourne Heart an early 2-0 lead, but a poor second half defensively consigned the hosts to a wild 3-3 draw with the Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park. A much better performance defensively will be needed from Heart, who travel to Allianz Stadium on Dec. 2 to face struggling Sydney FC.
8. Perth Glory
Shane Smeltz scored in the 62nd minute for Ian Ferguson’s Perth Glory, but the hosts couldn’t hold on as they settled for a 1-1 draw with Wellington Phoenix at nib Stadium in Perth. The Glory return to action on Nov. 30, when they travel to Melbourne and AAMI Park to face the resurging Melbourne Victory.
9. Western Sydney Wanderers
Tony Popovic’s Western Sydney Wanderers could not take advantage of going a man up after 16 minutes and instead were shut out 2-0 by the Melbourne Victory at Parramatta Stadium. The new boys will need to clean up their act as they travel to Wellington and Westpac Stadium to face the Wellington Phoenix on Dec. 2.
10. Sydney FC
Steve Corica’s Sydney FC have had it tough this year, and in spite of Yairo Yau’s 56th-minute goal, their 2-1 defeat to Adelaide United at Allianz Stadium added more salt to the wounds. The Sky Blues will look to snap out of their slump on Dec. 2 when they host Melbourne Heart.