Another week in the 2012-13 Hyundai A-League has concluded, and Adelaide United has leapfrogged over Central Coast Mariners and Melbourne Victory, who played to a draw in Tasmania. Meanwhile, Wellington Phoenix find themselves at the bottom of the Power Rankings after eating some humble pie against Western Sydney. All this and more on your home for the best A-League Power Rankings: the View from Avalon.
1. Adelaide United
John Kosmina’s Adelaide United were given a stern challenge on Friday at Hindmarsh Stadium but were able to do just enough to prevail, 3-2, over Perth Glory. Jeronimo Neumann scored a brace in the 28th and 36th minutes but it was Iain Ramsay’s 46th minute strike that was the decider as Adelaide held off a very late rally from the visitors. Adelaide travel to AAMI Park on Jan. 18 to face Melbourne Heart.
2. Central Coast Mariners
Central Coast Mariners manager Graham Arnold was given his marching orders at halftime but Daniel McBreen was able to spare the Mariners some blushed with a 76th minute penalty conversion. The end result: Central Coast salvaging a 1-1 draw with Melbourne Victory at Aurora Stadium in Launceston. Up next for the Mariners is a Jan. 19 contest with the Newcastle Jets at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford.
3. Melbourne Victory
Ange Postecoglou’s Melbourne Victory were up 1-0 at the break thanks to Marcos Flores’s 41st-minute strike, but the Victory could not build on their advantage and had to settle for a 1-1 draw with the Central Coast Mariners at Aurora Stadium. Melbourne continue their season onm Jan. 19 against Perth Glory at nib Stadium in Perth.
4. Western Sydney Wanderers
The dream season for Tony Popovic’s Western Sydney Wanderers continued as they shut out Wellington Phoenix, 2-0, at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand. Nikolai Topor-Stanley opened up the scoring in the 72nd minute and Labinot Haliti slammed the door shut in the 82nd minute of play. Western Sydney continue their inaugural year on Jan. 20 against the Brisbane Roar.
5. Newcastle Jets
Gary van Egmond’s Newcastle Jets rode on Ryan Griffiths’s 47th-minute goal to a 1-0 shutout victory over Brisbane Roar at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle. A big rivalry contests awaits Newcastle in the form of the Central Coast Mariners on Jan. 19 at Bluetongue Stadium.
6. Sydney FC
Frank Farina’s Sydney FC got off their coldstreak and put it all together in their 2-1 victory over Melbourne Heart, but they had to leave it late at Allianz Stadium in Sydney. Brett Emerton delivered an 85th-minute equalizer before Rhyan Grant delivered some last-second heroics in the third minute for second-half stoppage time. Sydney will look to build on their advantage when they host Wellington Phoenix on Jan. 19.
7. Perth Glory
Ian Ferguson’s Perth Glory pulled to within a goal thanks to an 89th-minute penalty from Shane Smeltz and a strike from Steven McGarry in the second minute of second-half stoppage time. In the end, Perth had dugged themselves in too deep of a hole to get out of and were consigned to a 3-2 defeat at Hindmarsh Stadium. The hope for the Glory is that they will not put themselves in a similar position against the Melbourne Victory on Jan. 19 at nib Stadium.
8. Brisbane Roar
Mike Mulvey’s Brisbane Roar were shut out, 1-0, by the Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium and will look to bounce back on Jan. 20 at Suncorp Stadium against the Western Sydney Wanderers.
9. Melbourne Heart
Richard Garcia got John Aloisi’s Melbourne Heart to an early lead in the 24th minute but they could not hold onm late and fell, 2-1, to Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium. It won’t get any easier for Heart, who have to put up with Adelaide United coming to their pitch at AAMI Park on Jan. 18.
10. Wellington Phoenix
Ricki Herbert’s Wellington Phoenix hold up the rear this week after getting shut out by the Western Sydney Wanderers at Westpac Stadium, 2-0. The Nix will make the trip across the Tasman on Jan. 19 to take on the resurging Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium.