Saturday Recap: Highlights and key talking points from an action-packed day in the A-Leagues

Re-live all the action after an entertaining day across the Isuzu UTE A-League and Liberty A-League!

In the Liberty A-League, Newcastle Jets thrashed Brisbane Roar 3-0 while Canberra United’s clash with Sydney FC was abandoned with just over 35 minutes played due to a series of lightning strikes in the area.

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Over in the Isuzu UTE A-League, Sydney FC beat Adelaide United 2-1 before Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory played out a fiery draw at AAMI Park.

To conclude proceedings, Perth Glory rallied from behind to see off Brisbane Roar 3-2 at HBF Park.



Canberra United – Sydney FC – Match abandoned

Canberra United’s Liberty A-League clash with defending champions Sydney FC has been called off due to continued lightning, condition of the pitch and player welfare in the capital city.

As Saturday’s game did not reach half-time, it will need to be replayed at a later date.

The Round 17 fixture at McKellar Park, where the fixture kicked off at 5:00pm AEDT, was brought to a halt twice.

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Newcastle Jets 3-0 Brisbane Roar – Maitland Sportsground (Liberty A-League)

MATCH REPORT: Hat-trick hero not only enhances Golden Boot chances but exposes Brisbane’s ‘worrying’ achilles heel

A superb hat-trick from Sarina Bolden fired the Newcastle Jets to a 3-0 win over Brisbane Roar.

The Philippines international made it 1-0 to the Jets shortly before half time, nodding home from a corner to score her ninth of the campaign while the goal also meant Brisbane have now conceded a league-high 10 goals from corners alone this season.

Bolden then struck twice in the space of two minutes late on to seal a memorable 3-0 win over the Roar to move up into 5th spot on the ladder while Bolden now trails Michelle Heyman by just one goal in the race for the Golden Boot.

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Sydney FC 2-1 Adelaide United – Allianz Stadium (Isuzu UTE A-League)

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Sydney FC inflicted more pain on Adelaide United with a 2-1 victory in the Isuzu UTE A-League as the Reds not only tasted defeat but were left with a mounting injury list.

In-form Sydney extended their unbeaten streak to five games thanks to goals in either half from Robert Mak and Fabio Gomes in humid conditions at Allianz Stadium, where the Sky Blues leapfrogged cross-town rivals Western Sydney Wanderers into fifth place.

Javi Lopez did give Adelaide a glimmer of hope in the 94th minute, but it was a mere consolation.

The result only heaped further misery on Adelaide, who have won just one of their past eight matches. The struggling Reds also lost Josh Cavallo and Ben Warland to injury, while Japanese star Hiroshi Ibusuki hobbled off clutching his hamstring.

Adelaide were already without Nestory Irankunda due to illness.

“Real concerns for Carl Veart with his ever-growing injury list,” said Paramount+ co-commentator Grace Gill.

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Melbourne City 0-0 Melbourne Victory – AAMI Park (Isuzu UTE A-League)

MATCH REPORT: Fiery flashpoint headlines entertaining Melbourne derby

The woodwork was rattled several times at AAMI Park but Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory couldn’t be split as it finished 0-0 in the Melbourne Derby.

City’s Mathew Leckie and Victory defender Jason Geria both hit the woodwork inside the first 10 minutes of the pulsating clash at AAMI Park before Zinedine Machach then saw his scrambled effort cleared off the goal line in the Isuzu UTE A-League on Saturday.

City goalkeeper Jamie Young then pulled off a brilliant one-handed stop to deny Daniel Arzani before City’s Marco Tilio clipped the crossbar before half-time.

City winger Marin Jakolis was then fortunate to escape with just a yellow card after he was involved in a heated incident with Geria, appearing to make contact with his head as the pair came face-to-face.

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Perth Glory 3-2 Brisbane Roar – HBF Park (Isuzu UTE A-League)

MATCH REPORT: Glory star ‘front and centre’ in Socceroos conversation: ‘He’s just sent a message loud and clear’

Does a Socceroos re-call beckon for Adam Taggart? Well the Perth Glory captain sent a message to Graham Arnold with his two-goal haul in Saturday night’s 3-2 thriller against Brisbane Roar.

Taggart bagged a double at HBF Park, where the Glory overturned a 2-1 deficit to upstage the Roar thanks to Stefan Colakovski’s winner 12 minutes from the end which capped an exciting week that saw the Pelligra Group purchase the A-Leagues club.

A 16-time Australia international, Taggart has not played for the Socceroos since September 2022 but having moved within one goal of a share of the Golden Boot lead after taking his 2023-24 tally to 12, talk is mounting regarding a return to the national team.

The Socceroos are set to meet Lebanon in a 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup qualifier next month.

“Taggart’s form and a prospective Socceroos re-call… his own personal forms means that is front and centre in the national team conversation,” Paramount+ commentator Teo Pellizzeri said during the match.

Phil Moss added: “You can’t deny that. He’s just sent a message to Graham Arnold loud and clear.

“Via email, carrier pigeon, you name it, whatever means there is to send memos, they’re finding their way to Arnold’s selection committee ahead of the World Cup qualifiers.

“But it’s not just his goals either. It’s his mobility, his back to goal and bringing midfielders into the game.”

With the result, Perth extended their unbeaten run to five matches in the Isuzu UTE A-League as they moved within six points of the top six. Eighth-placed Brisbane, meanwhile, were left four points outside of the finals places.

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