Hyundai A-League results, video and reaction: Round 8


Here’s your Monday morning fix of Hyundai A-League Round 8 with a recap of results, video highlights and reaction.

Central Coast Mariners 2-0 Perth Glory

Finally, a clean sheet for the Coast! And a hugely deserved three points against a disappointing Glory on Thursday night. Things are starting to click nicely for Paul Okon’s men who are looking more and more like a top six threat after goals from Ascroft and O’Donovan.

REPORT: Central Coast bank clean sheet in win over Glory

HIGHLIGHTS: Central Coast Mariners v Perth Glory

REACTION: Mariners skipper delighted with clean sheet

REACTION: Beware the Mariners: Glory coach

The Mariners celebrate their win over Glory following full time at Gosford on Thursday night.

Western Sydney Wanderers 1-1 Brisbane Roar 

Still to win at Spotless, Wanderers however showed enough promise to suggest a three-point haul is not far off after this clash. Wanderers’ playmaker Nico Martinez continued to show his wonderful skills and vision on Friday night against a largely disappointing Brisbane, particularly in the second half when the home side ran Roar ragged. 

REPORT: Wanderers denied first home win by resolute Roar

HIGHLIGHTS: Western Sydney Wanderers v Brisbane Roar

REACTION: Belief key to Wanderers turnaround: Popovic

REACTION: Roar boss Aloisi demands ‘braver’ Brisbane

Keeper: Michael Theo (Roar)

Melbourne Victory 2-0 Newcastle Jets

A Marco Rojas second half double consigned the injury-ridden Jets to another loss on Saturday. Victory’s “Kiwi Messi” is proving one of the best re-signings in the Hyundai A-League as the Big V continue their charge back up the ladder. 

REPORT: Rojas fires Victory past Jets

HIGHLIGHTS: Melbourne Victory v Newcastle Jets

REACTION: Victory midfielder relishing starring role

REACTION: Jets defender sick of ‘sloppy’ errors

Victory forward Marco Rojas scores his second goal against Newcastle on Saturday.

Sydney FC 0-0 Adelaide United 

The Sky Blues’ juggernaut continues, albeit at a slightly slower pace, following their second draw in as many weeks against a Reds outfit that brought a defensive steel to Allianz, akin to last season’s Championship-winning side. 

REPORT: Sydney, Adelaide share points in Allianz arm-wrestle

HIGHLIGHTS: Sydney FC v Adelaide United

REACTION: Zullo disappointed by ‘flat’ Sydney FC

REACTION: Isaias satisfied with Adelaide’s away point

Isaias challenges Milos Ninkovic for the ball at Allianz Stadium.

Melbourne City 2-1 Wellington Phoenix. 

The lethal Roy Krishna scored his fifth goal of the season, but Phoenix were denied at least a point after a late penalty secured Melbourne City the points at AAMI Park on Sunday to give City a timely boost ahead of Wednesday night’s Westfield FFA Cup Final with Sydney FC. 

REPORT: City see off Phoenix to go second

HIGHLIGHTS: Melbourne City v Wellington Phoenix

REACTION: Melbourne City star calls for greater courage

REACTION: Plucky Phoenix deserved a draw: Durante

Melbourne City players celebrate Nick Fitzgerald's goal against the Phoenix in Round 8.