In this week’s A-League Power Rankings, the Central Coast Mariners caught fire and burned the Melbourne Victory, who are at the bottom of the pile after dropping three straight. Western Sydney remains in the chase, while Melbourne Heart starts to make waves. All this and more in this week’s Hyundai A-League Power Rankings.
1. Central Coast Mariners
Graham Arnold’s Central Coast Mariners were firing on all cylinders in their 6-2 victory over the Melbourne Victory at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford. Mitchell Duke scored a brace in the 18th and 32nd minutes and Michael McGlinchey scored a hat trick in the 57th, 87th and 90th minutes of play. Also scoring for the Mariners was Nick Fitzgerald in the 81st minute. Central Coast continue their season with arguably the match of the year: Mar. 2 against the Western Sydney Wanderers at Bluetongue Stadium.
2. Western Sydney Wanderers
Tony Popovic’s Western Sydney Wanderers kept their win streak going with a 1-0 shutout win over Perth Glory. Aaron Mooy delivered the game-winner in the 58th minute of play. The Wanderers face their sternest test yet: a Mar. 2 tie with the Central Coast Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium.
3. Brisbane Roar
Mike Mulvey’s Brisbane Roar played to a scoreless draw with the Newcastle Jets and will hope to get on the scoresheet on Mar. 2 against Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium in Adelaide.
4. Newcastle Jets
It was goose eggs all over for Gary van Egmond’s Newcastle Jets, as they played to a scoreless draw with the Brisbane Roar. Newcastle will hope to get back on track on Mar. 3 against the Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
5. Melbourne Heart
John Aloisi’s Melbourne Heart scored a vital 3-1 victory over Sydney FC at AAMI Park on Sunday. Nick Kalmar opened up the scoring in the 31st minute, Jonatan Germano made it 2-0 in the 36th minute of play and David Williams added some insurance in the 55th minute. Heart continue their season on Mar. 3 against the Wellington Phoenix at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand.
6. Adelaide United
Michael Valkanis’s Adelaide United played to a 2-2 draw with Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand. Tomi Juric opened up the scoring in the 20th minute while Marcelo Carrusca made it 2-1 Reds in the 34th minute of play. Adelaide continue their season on Mar. 2 against the Brisbane Roar.
7. Wellington Phoenix
Ricki Herbert’s Wellington Phoenix salvaged a 2-2 draw with Adelaide United at Westpac Stadium. Jeremy Brockie, one of the A-League’s leading goalscorers equalized in the 31st minute and Corey Gameiro equalized again in the 80th minute of play. The Nix return to action on Mar. 3 against Melbourne HEart at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
8. Perth Glory
Alistair Edwards’s Perth Glory were shut out 1-0 bu the Western Sydney Wanderers and will look to bounce back on Mar. 2 against Sydney FC at home.
9. Sydney FC
Frank Farina’s Sydney FC were outclassed by Melbourne Heart, 3-1, at AAMI Park. Joel Griffiths scored in the 58th minute but by then the damage had been done. Up next for Sydney is a match away to Perth Glory on Mar. 2.
10. Melbourne Victory
Ange Postecoglou’s Melbourne Victory have seen the wheels fall off late in their 6-2 defeat to the Central Coast Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium. Mark Milligan equalized early for Melbourne in the 23rd minute and Central Coast’s Trent Sainsbury scored an own goal in the 68th minute of play. Melbourne continue their season on Mar. 3 against the Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park.