Star power takes Glory and Victory
The weekend’s A-League was highlighted by headline acts Alessandro Del Piero, Brett Emerton and, most notably, Emile Heskey. The former England striker scored a double to lift Newcastle Jets to a 2-1 win over two-time champions Melbourne Victory, and a share of top spot behind Adelaide United on goal difference. Heskey’s opportunistic brace took the burly target-man to four goals in as many matches, one ahead of four imports including Del Piero, and last season’s top marksman, Albanian Besart Berisha.
Adelaide scored a controversy-laden 3-1 comeback victory against Wellington Phoenix, with the New Zealanders having a goal chalked off for offside, and defender Ben Sigmund dismissed for a last-man foul on Argentinian Jeronimo Neumann. Central Coast Mariners moved to outright third with a typically workmanlike 1-0 win at Melbourne Heart thanks to a stunning Pedg Bojic strike.
Headline-grabber: All the attention was once again on Sydney FC’s marquee man Alessandro Del Piero as the Italian icon celebrated 800 matches as a professional. Il Pinturicchio duly delivered with a goal from the penalty spot, his third strike in as many outings. However, it was Australia international Brett Emerton who scored the winner with a delightful chip, as the Sky Blues overcame Perth Glory with a 2-1 scoreline.
Big match: Mark Bridge secured his place in the history annals of new boys Western Sydney Wanderers as the club scored their first win, and goal, in their fourth outing. Midfielder Aaron Mooy was unluckily denied with his free-kick hitting both posts, before Bridge headed home as the Wanderers defeated Brisbane Roar to inflict just a third home defeat in 34 matches on the champions.