After 11 weeks of action in the Hyundai A-League, Central Coast Mariners and Adelaide United continued their hot form with big victories. Meanwhile, Perth Glory and Western Sydney Wanderers also make moves after inspiring efforts on the weekend. We have it all, here in this week’s Hyundai A-League Power Rankings on the View from Avalon.
1. Adelaide United
John Kosmina’s Adelaide United put on a show for the 8,000-plus fans at Hindmarsh Stadium with a 3-1 victory over the Wellington Phoenix. Marcelo Carrusca scored a brace in the 19th and 24th minutes while Fabio Ferreira added an insurance goal in the second minute of first half injury time. Adelaide continue their season on Dec. 21 against the Western Sydney Wanderers at Parramatta Stadium in Sydney.
2. Central Coast Mariners
Graham Arnold’s Central Coast Mariners delivered a workmanline performance against Melbourne Heart in the form of a 2-0 shutout at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford. Pedj Bojic was on fire, scoring a brace in the 50th and 69th minute of play. The Mariners continue their season on Dec. 22 at Westpac Stadium in Wellingon, New Zealand to take on Wellington Phoenix.
3. Western Sydney Wanderers
This time, Tony Popovic’s Western Sydney Wanderers had Sydney FC’s number, shutting out their eastern city rivals 2-0 at Allianz Stadium in Sydney. Youssouf Hersi opened the scoring in the 24th minute and Michael Beauchamp added the exclamation point in the 77th minute of play. The Wanderers continue their season on Dec. 21 against red-hot Adelaide United.
4. Melbourne Victory
Mark Milligan scored in the 49th minute to give Ange Postecoglou’s Melbourne Victory a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park in Melbourne. The Victory return to action on Dec. 22 to face rivals Melbourne Heart in the next installement of the City Derby at AAMI Park.
5. Perth Glory
Ian Ferguson’s Perth Glory move up the rankings after a 3-0 statement victory over the Newcastle Jets at nib Stadium in Perth. Travis Dodd scored a brace in the first minute of first half injury time and the 49th minute of play, while Shane Smeltz addded a 75th-minute penalty conversion. Up next for the Glory is a Dec. 21 clash with Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
6. Brisbane Roar
Rado Vidosic’s Brisbane Roar were ahead at the break thanks to Ben Halloran in the 24th minute of play, but the defending champs could not hold on and were held to a 1-1 draw at AAMI Park. The Roar continue their season on Dec. 21 at Suncorp Stadium against Perth Glory.
7. Melbourne Heart
John Aloisi’s Melbourne Heart were shut out once again, 2-1, by the Central Coast Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford. The Heart will look to bounce back against a team they have already bounced this season, the Melbourne Victory, at AAMI Park on Dec. 22.
8. Newcastle Jets
Newcastle Jets manager Gary van Egmond was left scratching his head after an awful 3-0 shutout defeat to Perth Glory at nib Stadium. The Jets will need a more compelling performance in the pillow fight of the week: a date with Sydney FC on Dec. 22 at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle.
9. Wellington Phoenix
Ricki Herbert’s Wellington Phoenix got an 81st minute goal from Dani Sanchez, but it was too little too late as the Nix were demolished by Adelaide United, 3-1, at Hindmarsh Stadium in Adelaide. Wellington return home on Dec. 22 to host the Central Coast Mariners at Westpac Stadium.
10. Sydney FC
Frank Farina’s Sydney FC return to the bottom of this week’s A-League Power Rankings after an embarrassing 2-0 defeat to the Western Sydney Wanderers at Allianz Stadium. With hopes of a postseason appearance dimming fast, the time is now to get a win on the board, and they get their chance against the struggling Newcastle Jets on Dec. 22 at Hunter Stadium.