In this week’s Hyundai A-League Power Rankings, the Western Sydney Wanderers are touching down on their first-ever league trophy, the Premiership Plate. Meanwhile, Adelaide United make a massive move towards the top, with Sydney FC also giving chase. All this and more in this week’s A-League Power Rankings.
1. Western Sydney Wanderers
Tony Popovic’s Western Sydney Wanderers showcased their penalty-taking cool and composure in their 2-1 victory over Wellington Phoenix at Parramatta Stadium in Sydney. First, it was Shinji Ono in the eighth minute, and then Mark Bridge delivered the winner 49 minutes in. Western Sydney could potentially wrap the plate up on Mar. 16 against Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park in Melbourne in the final installment of the Big Red showdown.
2. Adelaide United
Michael Valkanis’s Adelaide United scored a 2-0 shutout victory over Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park. Dario Vidosic opened up the scoring with a penalty in the 40th minute while Iain Ramsay slammed the door shut in the 53rd minute of play. The Reds return to action on Mar. 15 against the Newcastle Jets at Hindmarsh Stadium in Adelaide.
3. Melbourne Victory
Despite an 11th-minute goal from Leigh Broxham, Ange Postecoglou’s Melbourne Victory could not hold on and were held to a 1-1 draw against Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Melbourne return to action on Mar. 16 against Sydney FC in the Big Blue at Allianz Stadium in Sydney. The Victory have already won the series and are looking to secure the sweep.
4. Sydney FC
Goals from Sebastian Ryall in the 25th minute and Joel Chianese in the 73rd minute paced Frank Farina’s Sydney FC to a 2-0 shutout win over Central Coast Mariners at Allianz Stadium. On Mar. 16, Sydney can take another step towards securing their spot in the postseason with a win over Melbourne Victory in the Big Blue at Allianz.
5. Perth Glory
Alistair Edwards’s Perth Glory toppled the Newcastle Jets 2-1 at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle. Matias Cordoba opened up the scoring in the 24th minute before Michael Thwaite sent home the game-winner in the 90th minute of play. Perth return home to face Wellington Phoenix on Mar. 17 at nib Stadium.
6. Brisbane Roar
A goal at the hour mark from Peter Franjic spared Mike Mulvey’s Brisbane Roar some A-League blushes and salvaged a 1-1 draw with Melbourne Victory at Suncorp Stadium. Brisbane hit the road to Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford on Mar. 17 to take on the Central Coast Mariners.
7. Central Coast Mariners
Graham Arnold’s Central Coast Mariners are slumping again, as seen in their 2-0 shutout loss to Sydney FC. The Mariners have to get it together if they want to chase Western Sydney at the top of the leaderboard. Central Coast return to action on Mar. 17 against Brisbane Roar at Bluetongue Stadium.
8. Wellington Phoenix
Jeremy Brockie got Chris Greenacre’s Wellington Phoenix on the board in the 22nd minute, but they could not take control of their match with the Western Sydney Wanderers and fell, 2-1, at Parramatta Stadium. The Nix returned to action on Mar. 17 against Perth Glory at nib Stadium in Perth.
9. Newcastle Jets
Adam Taggart scored in the second minute of first-half stoppage time but Gary van Egmond’s Newcastle Jets fell 2-1 to Perth Glory at Hunter Stadium. It will not get any easier for the Jets, who travel to Hindmarsh Stadium to take on Adelaide United on Mar. 15.
10. Melbourne Heart
John Aloisi’s Melbourne Heart sink to the bottom of the Power Rankings after a punchless performance that resulted in a 2-0 defeat to Adelaide United at AAMI Park. Heart may as well be playing for pride now, as their next opponents at home are the Western Sydney Wanderers on Mar. 16 in the final leg of the Big Red.