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Hyundai A-League round wrap

How your team fared and who made the headlines from the weekend’s blockbuster round of Hyundai A-League football.
Adelaide United
The Reds maintained their unbeaten start to the new season with a 1-1 draw against Melbourne Victory in front of a record home crowd at the newly redeveloped Adelaide Oval. Josep Gombau will be disappointed his side couldn’t hold on for all three points after going in front inside the last five minutes. Spaniard Sergio Cirio scored Adelaide’s goal and continued his love affair with facing Victory, the impressive curling strike his fifth goal against them side in four clashes.
Melbourne Victory 
The Victorians showed great character to hit back and snatch a draw at the death despite going behind with just five minutes left thanks to Fahid Ben Khalfallah’s first goal for the club. While it’s an admirable result on the road, it’s now 21 games in the Hyundai A-League without a clean sheet for the Victory. It’s not the type of record they can maintain if the side realistically wants to be champions.
Central Coast Mariners 
After two wins in a week (including in the Westfield FFA Cup), the Mariners will be hugely disappointed to have thrown away an early lead to lose 2-1 in front of their home fans. It was an uncharacteristically lacklustre effort from Phil Moss’ troops and it was only when they went behind that they managed to apply any concerted pressure. Maybe fatigue from a third match in seven days so early in the campaign was the issue.
Wellington Phoenix
It could have gone terribly wrong for the Phoenix after they gifted the Mariners the lead via Tom Doyle’s unfortunate own goal early on. Coach Ernie Merrick will have been impressed by the way his side overcame that shaky start to turn the result around for their second consecutive win against the Mariners. While a few sloppy mistakes continue to plague their game, the attacking combination of Michael McGlinchey, Nathan Burns (both scored) and Jeremy Brockie looks threatening and will have plenty of goals in it this season.

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