Adelaide take early lead
Adelaide United made a winning start to the fourth season of the A-League, posting a 1-0 home victory over the Perth Glory on Sunday. The victory took United straight to the top of the table, the other three matches over the opening weekend all ending in draws.
In his 100th game for the club, Adelaide captain Travis Dodd scored the only goal after good work from Brazilian recruit Cristiano, slotting the ball past the Glory goalkeeper at the near post. Perth pressed for an equaliser, but could not find the back of the net.
Also on Sunday, Wellington Phoenix and Queensland Roar fought out a 1-1 draw in New Zealand. The Roar opened the scoring in the 46th minute through Scottish ace Charlie Miller, but Phoenix were level just seven minutes later, Shane Smeltz pouncing in the box, and their goalkeeper Glenn Moss made a couple of fine late saves to ensure a draw.
The much-anticipated clash between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory, two sides tipped to feature in this season's Grand Final, ended in a 0-0 draw on Saturday night. The result continued Sydney's frustrating run against the Victory - they have now failed to win in nine out of ten games between the sides.
Although both coaches insisted their sides had done enough to snatch the win, Sydney goalkeeper Clint Bolton had to make some good saves to ensure his team grabbed a point. However, Shannon Cole almost produced a fairytale A-League debut, his 69th-minute free-kick hitting an upright to Melbourne's relief.
Friday's season opener, and last season's Grand Final replay, between Newcastle Jets and Central Coast Mariners produced a thrilling 1-1 draw.
Neither side were able to break the deadlock until the Mariners scored against the run of play in the 87th minute, through a Matt Simon header. That looked to be the winner but the defending champions rallied and Joel Griffiths equalised with a penalty in the 90th minute.