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A-League Round-Up: Leaders Held Back As Melbourne City, Sydney Rise

Harry Novillo of City FC celebrates with Bruno Fornaroli after scoring their third goal and the match winning goal during the round 14 A-League match between Melbourne City FC and the Western Sydney Wanderers at AAMI Park on January 9, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. January 09, 2016| Credit: Scott Barbour

Happy Monday on The Stoppage Time, powered by Azteca Soccer, your home for the finest soccer apparel and gear. Round 14 of the Hyundai A-League is history, and the teams at the top were held back, with a couple other sides playing catch-up. Let’s take a look at a recap of Round 14 of the 2015-16 A-League season.

Central Coast Mariners held Melbourne Victory to a 3-3 draw at Simonds Stadium in Geelong, Victoria on Friday. Harry Ascroft (12′), Josh Bingham (30′) and Mitch Austin (35′) scored for Central Coast, while Archie Thompson (66′) and Besart Berisha (60′, 92′) scored for Melbourne Victory in a fast start followed by a valiant fight back.

Sydney FC were authoritative in their 2-0 victory over Newcastle Jets at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Friday. Filip Holosko (15′) and Ali Abbas (80′) scored for the Sky Blues, with Abbas returning after a long layoff due to injury. In an electrifying shootout over at AAMi Park in Melbourne, Melbourne City defeated the Western Sydney Wanderers 3-2. Bruno Fornaroli (24′) and Harry Novillo (7′, 85′) scored for City, while Mitch Nichols (29′) and City’s Aaron Hughes (own goal, 60′) scored for the Wanderers.

Adelaide United pasted a Perth Glory squad that played down to 10 men, 3-1, at nib Stadium in Perth. Sergio Cirio (27′), Marcelo Carrusca (27′) and Craig Goodwin (94′) scored for the Reds, with Tarek Elrich scoring an own goal in the sixth minute for Perth. Finally, at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand, the Wellington Phoenix and Brisbane Roar played to a scoreless draw.

Here’s your current A-League ladder.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Brisbane Roar 14 8 4 2 22 12 +10 28 Qualification to Champions League group stage and Finals series
2 Western Sydney Wanderers 14 8 3 3 22 13 +9 27 Qualification to Champions League qualifying play-off and Finals series
3 Melbourne City 14 7 3 4 35 24 +11 24 Qualification to Finals series
4 Sydney FC 14 6 6 2 19 12 +7 24
5 Melbourne Victory 14 6 3 5 20 18 +2 21
6 Adelaide United 14 4 5 5 16 19 −3 17
7 Wellington Phoenix[a] 14 4 4 6 17 22 −5 16
8 Newcastle Jets 14 3 4 7 9 18 −9 13
9 Perth Glory 14 3 3 8 15 23 −8 12
10 Central Coast Mariners 14 2 3 9 18 32 −14 9
Updated to match(es) played on 10 January 2016. Source: A-League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
Notes:
Wellington Phoenix cannot qualify for the 2017 AFC Champions League as they are not recognised as an AFC club.

This week, we will have two live blogs for you. On Thursday night at 10 p.m. PT/1 a.m. ET (Friday), get ready for a live blog of Melbourne Victory vs. Brisbane Roar, live from AAMI Park. We originally said that the match was at the Suncorp Stadium but actually the contest is a home game for Victory, so let’s see if the home field advantage will play to their favor. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:40 a.m. PT/3:40 a.m. ET on Friday.

Then, on Friday night, at the same time, we will have more A-League live blogging when Western Sydney Wanderers take on Sydney FC in the Sydney Derby at Parramatta Stadium. It’s Western Sydney vs. Eastern Suburbs! Whose city is this? Find out at 10 p.m. PT/1 a.m. ET (Saturday). Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 a.m. PT/3:30 a.m. ET and will include bonus coverage of Adelaide United vs. Central Coast from Coopers Stadium in Adelaide.

Get all your previews and predictions for this week’s slate of A-League games on The Stoppage Time. And also keep it right here on TST for extensive coverage of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft on Thursday, Jan. 14, starting at 7 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET. Don’t miss it! And as always, Like TST on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter!

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