2013/14 A-League

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Re: 2013/14 A-League

Postby nzfooty » Sun Apr 27, 2014 8:27 pm

Semi-finals
April 26
Western Sydney Wanderers 2 - 0 Central Coast Mariners
April 27
Brisbane Roar 1 - 0 Melbourne Victory

Grand Final
May 4
Brisbane Roar v Western Sydney Wanderers


Brisbane Roar book A-League final with Western Sydney

Reuters, Sunday April 27 2014

MELBOURNE, April 27 (Reuters) - Albanian striker Besart Berisha struck in the second half to fire Brisbane Roar to a 1-0 win over Melbourne Victory on Saturday and a place in next weekend's A-League title-decider against Western Sydney Wanderers.
The explosive 28-year-old, playing his last season for Roar before crossing to Victory, charged into the box in the 57th minute before blasting home between keeper Nathan Coe and the near post to sink his future employers.
"It's not an easy situation for me, but this is my job," Berisha said in a pitchside interview at Brisbane's Lang Park stadium.
"I have to finish to the last of my contract."
Berisha's brilliant individual effort helped two-times champions Roar into their third final of the past four seasons, but the home side were also fortunate to escape without a late penalty when Victory skipper Mark Milligan was brought down in the box in injury time.
Victory coach Kevin Muscat stalked match officials as they walked off the pitch, barking his displeasure with the play-on decision.
"It's a bit difficult to take at the moment," he told host broadcaster Fox Sports, fuming.
"That's taken the biscuit. I'm also embarrassed ... It's a shame a decision by an official has dictated our season."
The Roar could also thank keeper Michael Theo for a string of fine saves in the final minutes as Victory pressed desperately for an equaliser.
In the same chaotic passage that saw Milligan go unrewarded, defender Matt McKay headed the ball off the line to stop a certain equaliser.
Victory's veteran striker Archie Thompson also tested Theo with a pair of long-range shots in the second half, prompting the keeper to remonstrate heatedly with his team mates for slackening off in defence.
Roar, who won the Premier's Plate, the trophy given to the team at the top of the standings at the end of the regular season, will host last year's finalists Western Sydney at the same stadium in a week as they bid to add to their back-to-back titles in 2010-11 and 2011-12.
In only their second season, the Wanderers will contest another final after defeating Central Coast Mariners, the team that beat them for last year's championship, 2-0 at home on Saturday.
Although playing away, the Tony Popovic-coached Wanderers fancy their chances of winning a maiden title next week and are riding a wave of confidence after booking a place in the knockout rounds of the Asian Champions League tournament earlier in the week.
"This time everyone is ready and available and the ACL I think has made us mentally tougher," Popovic said of his side, who belted China's Guizhou Renhe 5-0 on Tuesday.
"There's a real resilience about them now." (Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Sudipto Ganguly)

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Re: 2013/14 A-League

Postby nzfooty » Sun May 04, 2014 7:57 pm

Grand Final
May 4
Brisbane Roar 2 (Berisha 86', Henrique 108')
Western Sydney Wanderers 1 (Spiranovic 56')


Crowd: 51,153 @Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Henrique scores winner as Roar claim title in thriller

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Re: 2013/14 A-League

Postby Alex43 » Mon May 05, 2014 2:17 pm

due to work, i didnt see any a-league matches this year, although i got to see 3 new stadiums in OZ for 4 afc matches (went to paramatta, melbourne and central coast)... weird how they compacted the playoffs this year (from what i have heard). didnt see a Roar game live, but only ones in the semis that werent in the afc and they go through?? :smt102 although WSW last's afc match at home was against a high school team :lol:
well well well

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Australian FFA Cup 2014

Postby nzfooty » Sat Jun 28, 2014 1:42 pm

The draw for the FFA Cup has been made (round of 32 involving A-League clubs).

The FFA Cup website has a "top 5 FFA Cup ties" article here.

nzfooty wrote:The big news in recent weeks in Australia has been the launch of the FFA Cup.

FFA Cup launched in Sydney

tate league teams will finally get the opportunity to take on A-League sides with Football Federation Australia launching the FFA Cup.

More than 600 teams from eight states and territories across the country will battle it out for 22 spots in the FFA Cup where they'll be pitted against the 10 A-League teams when the competition's knock-out stage kicks off in July.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/ffa- ... z2uxOo6Tax


Here is the link to the wiki page. Like the fact that Wellington Phoenix have been allowed to participate.

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Re: 2013/14 A-League

Postby eujin » Sun Jun 29, 2014 2:57 am

nzfooty wrote:The draw for the FFA Cup has been made (round of 32 involving A-League clubs).

Are there any "fun" teams to get behind from remote places or with interesting histories? I'm not very familiar with the Aussie non-league scene. I saw there's a team from Cairns and one from Hobart. I assume the Tasmania League is about the same quality as the Mainland League in NZ. Is that about right?


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