Sunday, January 25, 2009

Melbourne Victory clinch minor premiership in A-League

Melbourne Victory are the minor premiers in the A-League, but it was a tight finish.

Adelaide United managed only a 1-0 away win over Central Coast Mariners at the Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford on Sunday, which left them in second place but equal on points and goal-difference with Victory.

Victory finished on top because they have scored 8 more goals than Adelaide.

A goal 9 minutes from the end by Brazilian import Christiano, who came on as a substitute, gave Adelaide their win, but they should have scored at least another goal, which would have given them the minor premiership.

In the first half, Lucas Pantelis smashed a superb free-kick against the Mariners' post, the ball then rebounding off goalkeeper Danny Vukovic's face and to safety.

The Mariners finished fourth on the ladder and will now meet third-placed Queensland Roar in the elimination semi-final.

In Sunday's other game, Sydney FC finally came good and beat the outgoing champions Newcastle Jets 4-0 at the Sydney Football Stadium to finish fifth on the ladder.

Two first-half goals by Alex Brosque put Sydney 2-0 up at the interval, while an own-goal by former Sydney player Mark Milligan and a strike by Mark Bridge completed the scoring.

1 comment:

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