Gold Coast United 1-2 North Queensland Fury
North Queensland Fury failed to get off the foot of the A-League ladder despite beating third-placed Gold Coast United 2-1 away at Skilled Park last night before a poor crowd of 1,714.
Fury are a point behind second-last Perth Glory and third-last Newcastle Jets, while Gold Coast are a point ahead of fourth-ranked Central Coast Mariners and 7 points adrift of second-placed Adelaide United.
Gold Coast were without 8 regular first-team players, including captain Jason Culina, because of injuries and suspensions.
Robson put Gold Coast ahead in the 10th minute with a deflected free-kick, the ball hitting Simon Storey’s heel and completely deceiving goalkeeper Justin Pasfield.
In the 28th minute, Gold Coast keeper Jerrad Tyson produced a wonderful save from Gareth Edds.
Seconds later, he was less fortunate as David Williams equalised with a long-range shot that flew in off the underside of the crossbar.
Ufuk Talay hit the winner with a marvellous free-kick in the 68th minute, awarded after a foul by Kristian Rees.
Gold Coast United: Tyson; Van Den Brink, Rees, Halloran, Robson, Fitzsimmons (Barisic 53), Pantelidis (Anderson Alves 63), Traore, Brillante, Caravella (Z Anderson 80), Djite (Sub not used: Moss)
Booked: Rees, Brillante
Goals: Robson 10
North Queensland Fury: Pasfield; Malik, Hingert (Spagnuolo 62), Hughes, Daal (Sseppuya 80), Kilian, Edds, Talay (Tavsancioglu 85), Storey, Nikas, Williams (Sub not used: Ussai)
Booked: Hingert, Malik, Spagnuolo
Goals: Williams 28, Talay 68
Ref: M Breeze