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All the goals from the 1st round of the A-League

The A-League is back and with 3 draws and a 2 wins the points were well spread. The action started off with a preview of the upcoming FFA Cup final with Adelaide playing Sydney FC, the points were shared with the highlight being Scott Galloway’s cheeky first half chip.

Sydney FC hit back through Adam Le Fondre with a well-taken strike catching a dominant Adelaide United napping.

Honda then announced himself to the A-league with an unstoppable header which saw the Victory take the lead.

This was then equalised by De Laet after a missed penalty from what was a ridiculous decision. In truth there was contact inside the box, however, if that little contact constitutes a foul then we will see 5-6 penalties a game.

There was no controversy about Riley McGree’s strike to secure the points however, fresh off the bench he came on and with his first touch fired home at the near post to win the match, he surely can’t be far off playing for the Socceroos regularly with form like this.

Daniel Georgievski was then unfortunate to get just the right amount on his defensive header to beat the keeper against the Phoenix.

The Jets conceded again on 89 minutes (No goal on Twitter sorry) and had the points secured, however, Newcastle came storming back a little too late with a peach of a team goal to make it 2-1.

The end to end goals continued with Central Coast taking on the Roar, last seasons whipping boys have recruited well and will look to climb the ladder with more strong performances like this.

Adam Taggart, another young gun who must be close to an extended run in Graham Arnold’s national set-up had a torrid time in front of goal before finally getting his goal.

The last match of the round was between Perth and WSW and it was a reunion of sorts between a Tony Popovic team bristling with many former Wanderers favourites. It was, however, Glory veteran Andy Keogh who took a fantastic rebound shot after his first effort was saved.

Glory looked the favourites for all 3 points, however, Wanderers dug deep and equalised through Roly Bonevacia after a perfectly weighted pass from Tarek Elrich. Wanderers could have taken all the points late but Riera missed a golden opportunity.

All in all, it was a very competitive round of Football, no blowouts, the unfancied teams springing some upsets and the promise of more to come. Thank God the A-League is back, lets hope the new Congress make sure we don’t have to wait this long between drinks next season.

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