The Wrap-Up (A-League Round 27)
I'll make this quick as I've got some other things to review as well. The Jets went down to Brisbane on Friday night in a game that really summed up the season for the Novocastrians. For Brisbane though it was a great way to build some form ahead of the finals and it was good to see young Lachlan Jackson grab an unexpected goal.
Western Sydney were fortunate not to be on the field when it was hit by Saturday's freak hailstorm but when they did take the field they went down 2-1 to the visiting Perth Glory. The team from WA put their salary cap drama behind them and put on a good display on the road in Parramatta.
The RBB were involved in a messy situation with the police and it's a shame to see scenes like that at an A-League match. I'm not going to take sides as I wasn't there but let me say there is no place for flares in this league, they're banned, end of story. On the field, the Wanderers will be hoping to turn things around next season.
Adelaide United demolished Melbourne City on Saturday night. No it wasn't 7-0 or anything like that but the visitors never looked a chance against a dominant Reds side that was up 3-0 inside the first half-hour or so. A great warm-up for Josep Gombau's men before next week's Semi Final.
On Sunday, Sydney FC got over the line against Wellington. Not a crucial result for either side considering the Victory's result but still a decent showing for a Sydney side that will take next week off. Wellington will like their chances at home against a lackluster Melbourne City side.
Finally, Melbourne Victory were too classy for a Central Coast Mariners side that will be happy their season has come to an end. The Mariners have improved since Tony Walmsley has come in. He seems like a competent manager and I expect the Mariners to bounce back next year.
It was Victory's day though as they rocketed to the Premiers' Plate with a 3-1 win. Congrats to the Victory, they've been the best team all season and I enjoy the style they play the game. But the job is only half done for a side that could very well win the Grand Final at this rate.