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Tuesday night preview: Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory - April 13

Matthew Comito
Perth Glory travel to face Newcastle Jets on Tuesday, April 13 with the sole intention of halting a two-game losing streak and rejoining the hunt for a spot in the 2020/21 Finals Series.
Richard Garcia's men last tasted victory against the Jets at HBF Park in Matchweek 14, but consecutive losses to Macarthur FC and Sydney FC in Matchweek 15 were to follow, leaving Perth out of the Finals Series conversation leading into Tuesday night's clash with the Jets.
The visitors are bolstered by the return of attacking star Chris Ikonomidis. Glory boss Richard Garcia confirmed the 25-year-old would be part of the travelling squad, however it's unclear how much game time the forward would receive against the Jets on return from a knee injury sustained in February, 2020.

Australian talent centre stage in blockbuster W-League grand final

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Before this season the majority of the Matildas moved to Europe while the COVID-19 pandemic made recruiting international players a difficult prospect.
So Sky Blues coach Ante Juric got on the front foot - quickly locking in most of the talent that made the 2019-20 grand final and bolstering the squad with some of the best young talent from other clubs.
That included Newcastle midfielder Clare Wheeler and winger Cortnee Vine - plus a shrewd recruit in NPLW defender Charlotte Mclean.
Now, Sydney's unique all-Australian line-up has wrapped up the premiers plate and will look to complete the W-League double when they face Melbourne Victory in Sunday's grand final.

Delight for Ferns duo as Melbourne Victory triumph in dramatic W-League final

Annalie Longo and Claudia Bunge have been crowned W-League champions after Victory scored a goal directly from a corner-kick in the final seconds of extra-time.

Teenage dream: Wellington Phoenix young guns combine for late winner

Wellington Phoenix have pulled off a last-gasp win over Western United after teenagers Sam Sutton and Ben Waine combined for the winning goal in stoppage time.

Melbourne Victory beat Sydney FC 1-0 to win W-League grand final in extra time

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Melbourne Victory beat Sydney FC 1-0 to win W-League grand final in extra time
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Kayla Morrison (centre) lifts the trophy as she celebrates with her Victory teammates.
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Kyra Cooney-Cross scored the winner in the final seconds of extra time as Melbourne Victory ended their seven-year W-League title drought with a deserved 1-0 grand final win over Sydney FC at Kogarah Oval.
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Cooney-Cross scored the winner only moments before the grand final was set to be decided by penalties
Victory had the best of the attacking opportunities throughout the match but failed to convert during regulation time

Melbourne Victory score direct from corner to beat Sydney to W-League title

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Sydney FC managed to stay in it at Jubilee Stadium until the 120th minute but were pipped 1-0 as Victory broke a seven-year title drought

Cooney-Cross comes of age with Grand Final winner for Melbourne

Kyra Cooney-Cross glances nervously into the barrel of the camera. The headphones she has been given are comically large, cupping her ears like woollen muffs as the chill of winter descends over Jubilee Stadium in Sydney. She allows herself to crack a small grin as her teammate and mentor, Lisa De Vanna, ghosts in behind her, tapping her protégé on the shoulder before drifting away into the night. Cooney-Cross turns to the microphone and takes a...

Youngsters combine to end Victory's winless run

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A couple of critical decisions went against the Jets, who have played one game more than Victory.
Replays suggested the corner which led to Ryan's equaliser shouldn't have been given, with the last touch appearing to come off a Victory player.
Four minutes later, Valentino Yuel had a headed goal overturned after a VAR review revealed Stamatelopoulos was just offside.
Victory threatened early with the excellent Ben Folami prominent.
He had a fierce fifth-minute shot pushed away by Jets' goalkeeper Lewis Italiano and was wide with another attempt a few seconds later.
Newcastle then created some chances with Yuel blazing over from close range and Ramy Najjarine shooting just wide, before Stamatelopoulos netted.

Football Ferns seek final Victory in W-League decider

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Football Ferns Claudia Bunge and Annalie Longo look ahead to W-League final with Melbourne Victory.
Football Ferns Annalie Longo and Claudia Bunge are seeking one final victory before heading home at the end of a challenging W-League season.
Longo will be seeking her second W-League title and her first with Victory after winning the 2012-13 edition as a Sky Blues player, while Bunge is hoping to complete a fairytale rookie season that has seen her play every minute at centre-back by winning her first league title.
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Victory midfielder Annalie Longo on the ball during their recent defeat to Sydney FC.

Liberato Cacace overcomes Covid-19 to help club stave off relegation in Europe

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Sint-Truiden defender Liberato Cacace in action during a Belgian Pro League match against Beerschot VA.
“Everyone reacted differently. People were struggling to get out of bed but I had no [serious] symptoms whatsoever. That was a frustrating time for me. We had tests pretty consistently throughout the two weeks and then we had to get the important test done by the league to clear us to come back.
“There’s a rule here that if you have seven positive tests from the players you can request a postponement of the game and we had about nine or 10 players [test positive] so they granted our request and fortunately the time we tested positive almost clashed with the international break so not many games were being played, only that one game.”

COVID-inspired headache over A League fixture list goes on

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9 April 2021 12:13pm
COVID-19 continues to cause fixture problems for the A League schedule this season with Football Australia saying it hopes that the regular season will be completed by May with finals to be held in June.
According to, the best way to stay in touch with the fixture list is to check online weekly to ensure scheduled matches are set to go ahead as planned for that week.
The weekend’s games begin with Macarthur FC set to face Brisbane Roar tonight (Friday, 9April) at 7.05pm.
For Saturday, 10 April, Newcastle Jets play Melbourne Victory at 3.05pm, Sydney FC face Melbourne City at 5.05pm and Adelaide United take on Western Sydney Wanderers at 7.10pm.

Matchday Saturday Preview: A-League, April 10

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Matthew Comito
Sink your teeth into an A-League triple-header on Saturday, April 10, as six teams battle it out in three fixtures capable of altering the standings at either end of the table.
Newcastle Jets will host Melbourne Victory in the first of Saturday's games, held at McDonald Jones Stadium (kick-off 3.05pm AEST). It's 12th against 11th in the Hunter, as Victory aim to draw level with the Jets on points with the club's first win on the road for the 2020/21 season.
Victory have  just two wins on the board from 14 games to start the campaign. The Jets, meanwhile, have three - the last of which coming against Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park in Matchweek 9. Craig Deans' side have since gone on a six-game losing streak. Melbourne are on a winless run of equal length, with a 1-1 draw against Central Coast Mariners in Matchweek 14 adding to their five losses chalked up along the six-game streak.

How to watch A-League Matchweek 16

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After nine games filled the Matchweek 15 schedule, get ready for seven more in the space of five days as an action-packed Matchweek 16 gets underway on Friday, April 9.
Macarthur FC and Brisbane Roar kick us off at Campbelltown Stadium on Friday night (7.05pm AEST), before a Matchday Saturday triple-header serves up three courses of entertainment on April 10. 
Newcastle Jets host Melbourne Victory at McDonald Jones Stadium (3.05pm AEST) in the earliest of the Saturday games, before Melbourne City travel to face Sydney FC at Leichhardt Oval (5.05pm AEST). Adelaide United host Western Sydney Wanderers at Coopers Stadium (7.10pm AEST) in the last of three games which stretch through Saturday afternoon and into the night. 

Team of the Week, presented by Bunnings Warehouse - Matchweek 15

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Matchweek 15 wrapped up on Wednesday, April 7 after a six-day, nine-game football feast which began and concluded with Central Coast Mariners on top of the pile.
Sydney FC snuck into the top four after two Matchweek 15 wins over Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory. Melbourne City had the chance to overthrow the Mariners at the top but a 2-1 loss to Western United stopped Patrick Kisnorbo's side in their tracks. City did, however, respond well to defeat by edging Wellington Phoenix 3-2 on Monday night.
Macarthur FC dealt Perth the first of their two defeats for the Matchweek to go three games unbeaten - the Bulls now occupy third spot on the table.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Match Week 16

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Paul Nicholls has held onto his impressive lead after Match Week 15 and as we draw ever closer to the seasons’ conclusion, it is hard to see him being run down.
This week sees seven matches slated and potential do or die clashes for Brisbane, Perth and Wellington, with the distance between all three and the top six beginning to become a real concern.
Sydney FC and Melbourne City on Saturday night looks like the blockbuster of the round, with the winner likely to be lauded as strong favourites heading into the finals.

Australia's women can show the men how Asian Champions League is done

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Another one could be an Australian team winning the 2023 AFC Women’s Champions League.
Wednesday's announcement from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) that it plans to launch such a tournament was a welcome one. It is time.
"In 2020, the AFC commenced an extensive survey among its 47 Member Associations to better understand the current status of women's domestic club competitions... with the view of launching a continental women's club competition that is beneficial to all MAs,” the AFC said in a statement.
"Looking ahead, the AFC is also planning to organise another two pilot editions of the women's Club Championship. Based on the experience... the AFC will decide the format and calendar for the Women's Champions League in 2023, which will be announced in due course."

Western United condemn Jets to sixth straight defeat

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The struggling Jets went into the match without a win since February, while United were coming off the back of a rousing midweek victory over high-flying Melbourne City.
Pre-match expectations - in the opening exchanges at least - were met as Lachie Wales scored for United after just 36 seconds, setting a new mark for the league's newest club.
Dylan Pierias set up Wales with a perfect pass through a sleep-walking Jets defence as the home side made a disastrous start, one that ultimately proved costly.
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That goal ended a run of four away defeats for the Melbourne-based side outside Victoria.

Kiwi star Chance eyes Olympics after W-League disappointment

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Chance scored a stunning 30-yard strike in Sunday's W-League semi-final in Brisbane but it was academic as Melbourne Victory secured their spot in next weekend's grand final with a 6-2 win.
It was a deflating end to the 27-year-old's first W-League season, with Chance feeling an early decision not to award a goal to the Roar when Tameka Yallop's shot appeared to cross the line had proven pivotal.
"It's hard you know and we can't say anything negatively about the referees but we had the (assistant) referee on the line as well," Chance said.
"There's a lot there.

Football Fern Olivia Chance turns focus to Tokyo Olympics after W-League exit

"There's a lot there.
"Those little mistakes do add up and unfortunately it all seemed to be falling on our side those mistakes but what do you do? It's a football game.
"We don't have VAR and I wouldn't want that either. So it's which of the two evils really?"
Football Ferns coach Tom Sermanni was in the crowd for Sunday's game, with fellow Kiwis Claudia Bunge and Annalie Longo on the field for Victory.
Chance said her focus will now switch to ensuring her international team is as prepared as it can be for the Olympics in July.
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Sydney FC hitting form at the right time, says Corica

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After their slow start to the season, Sydney FC coach Steve Corica is confident the reigning A-League champions are timing their run into form perfectly.

Has Victory's dreadful season doomed the A-League to dire metrics?

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Tonight’s clash between Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne City in Wollongong could be one of the games of the season, but is the A-League now only preaching to the converted?
How will City bounce back from that 2-1 defeat to Western United last Thursday?
Paddy Kisnorbo’s side went into that game at AAMI Park on the back of a six-game winning streak but despite Craig Noone opening the scoring and City amassing 27 shots on goal, they still tasted defeat.

Green nets wonder strike as Sydney FC book fourth successive W-League grand final

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Sydney will face Melbourne Victory in next Sunday's season decider at the same venue.
Canberra had the majority of early possession and territory and a number of shots through the game, but lacked the cutting edge displayed by the minor premiers.
Sydney opened the scoring in the 15th minute through midfielder Mackenzie Hawkesby's sweet side-foot volley - from six metres - after a fine left wing cross by Clare Wheeler.
Midfielder Wheeler doubled Sydney's lead in the 64th minute, when her strong volley from the edge of the box from a Charlotte Mclean cross deflected off a defender.
But the highlight came in the 73rd minute, when defender Green charged forward and blasted a superb shot from outside the area for her first W-League goal.

Wonder goal from Football Fern Olivia Chance not enough to book W-League decider

Jeff Hopkins' team will now face the winner of Monday's semi-final between Sydney FC and Canberra United in next Sunday's grand final.
De Vanna scored in either half with Ayres's triple and another from Catherine Zimmerman capping a confident performance just days after losing the premiers plate showdown against Sydney FC.
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Lisa De Vanna of the Victory celebrates after scoring a goal during the W-League semifinal against Brisbane Roar.
Chance and Roar captain Tameka Yallop struck for the hosts, who were playing without key Matildas pair Clare Polkinghorne and Emily Gielnik following their departure to Swedish top flight club Vittsjo GIK.

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