- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 12 October 2014
Photo: Besart Berisha netted a penalty on his Melbourne Victory A-League debut [PlessPix]
Melbourne Victory produced the most impressive performance on the opening day of the 2014-15 A-League season, which is in its tenth season.
Melbourne Victory stunned Western Sydney Warriors by winning 4-1 at Etihad Stadium on Friday night before a crowd of 30,083.
Photo: Marc Janko, captain of Austria, was absent for Sydney FC because of international duty [PlessPix]
The home side were 3-0 up within half an hour through strikes by Matthieu Delpierre (8th minute) and Leigh Broxham (28th minute) and a penalty by Besart Berisha (19th minute).
The Wanderers pulled a goal back through Mark Bridge four minutes before half-time, but Archie Thompson netted a fourth for Victory 9 minutes after the resumption.
Sydney FC were held to a 1-1 draw at home at Allianz Stadium before a crowd of 25,525 by Melbourne City, who brought on marquee signing David Villa early in the second half and it was he who scored a marvellous equaliser in the 63rd minute from Damien Duff’s cross-field pass. Villa took one touch to control the ball, a second to round defender Sebastian Ryall and cut inside before netting with a low shot from the edge of the box inside the far right-hand post. It was a goal worthy of this champion of the game.
Corey Gameiro had given Sydney FC the lead in the 54th minute when he collected a pass from Nick Carle wide on the left and lofted the ball with his right boot over the goalkeeper and inside the far post.
It was a good result for Sydney FC considering they were missing six players who may have started but who were unavailable through national team duty or injury.
Central Coast Mariners opened their campaign with a 1-0 win at home against Newcastle Jets, the goal coming from Mitchell Duke in the second minute of stoppage time at the end of the match.
The attendance was 10,443.
Wellington Phoenix went down 2-1 at home at WestPac Stadium to Perth Glory, who netted through Andy Keogh after 32 minutes and Jamie MacLaren in the 86th minute.
Michael McGlinchey had equalised for Phoenix in the 73rd minute.
The attendance was the lowest of the opening round at 7,767.
Champions Brisbane Roar went down 2-1 at home at Suncorp Stadium to Adelaide United.
Thomas Broich gave Brisbane the lead direct from a free-kick in the 20th minute, but Bruce Djite equalised in the 33rd minute with an excellent left-footed drive from outside the box.
An own-goal by James Donachie in the 56th minute spelled doom for the Roar in front of 16,195 fans.
The total attendance for the opening round was a healthy 90,013.
Photo: Will Stalker (left) and Bill Hanley shared Nelson's senior best-and-fairest award [Photo courtesy of Nelson Eastern Suburbs FC]
Central defender Will Stalker and winger Bill Hanley shared the 2014 Nelson Eastern Suburbs FC Southern Premier League side’s best-and-fairest player award at the club’s trophy presentation evening held recently.
Charlotte Adams took out the women's senior best-and-fairest, with Ollie Bailey and John Castillo winning the Premier League Reserves and Under-20s awards, respectively.
This award makes it three best-and-fairest awards in a row for Stalker, who is still only in his early 20s.
Photo: Charlotte Adams, winner of the women's best-and-fairest award, with women's coach Pedro Ramirez [Photo courtesy of Nelson Eastern Suburbs FC]
"The awards night was well attended by all four senior teams, said Nelson’s Senior’s assistant coach, Andrew Reason.
“It was great to come together and say goodbye to what was a difficult 2014 for most of our teams.
“The night also gave us as a club the opportunity to set our sights on 2015 and focus on making it a successful season across all of our senior and youth teams.
“We are planning to commence pre-season training in early December and all past, present and prospective players are encouraged to attend.”
Photo: Ollie Bailey (left) and senior coach Michael Roach [Photo courtesy of Nelson Eastern Suburbs FC]