Auckland City cruised to their first win of the ASB Premiership season today, outclassing a spirited Canterbury United side 5-2 at Kiwitea street in Auckland.
Manny Muscat and Leo Bertos will both play their 100th Hyundai A-League games for the Wellington Phoenix at Etihad Stadium on Monday night, but to Muscat that milestone comes second to winning the game.
Director of referees Ben Wilson declared that Wellington Phoenix defender Ben Sigmund should not have been sent off for his tackle on Adelaide United striker Jeronimo Neumann in Week 4.
Brazil might lay claim to loving the game more than any other but such is the progress of the A-League this season that its average attendances are now higher than for the top division in the world's most famous football nation.
BRAZILIAN midfielder Gui Finkler has joined in the Jeronimo dive row and insisted the Adelaide United attacker wasn't touched before hitting the ground.
Diving debate demands some clarity in wake of Jeronimo-Ben Sigmund incident, says Adam Peacock
It may be easy to fool referees, but kids tend to be a more streetwise bunch.
They will already have absorbed the big lesson from last weekend's sporting encounters. The kids now know for sure that not only are cheats winners, they get away with it.
WELLINGTON Phoenix fans have set up a fighting fund for their loose-lipped skipper, Andrew Durante, who faces a possible fine for calling an opposing player “a cheat”.
There are plenty of examples of children being named after famous sportspeople but Louis Fenton's situation is hard to beat.
After watching his partner in defence be wrongly dismissed and seeing his side drop points due to an offside goal, the last thing Andrew Durante would have wanted was a microphone waved in his face.
I'VE got to say, I'm loving the A-League at the minute. Not only have the Phoenix started brightly but there has been plenty of entertainment value in the majority of games this season.
Off-season signings, and in particular three players' switching clubs, adds some spice to tomorrow's season-opening ASB Charity Cup match between long-time adversaries Waitakere United and Auckland City.
W?ELLINGTON Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert has confirmed that the club will appeal against the 77th minute red card shown to Ben Sigmund in the 3-1 loss to Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium.?
W?ELLINGTON skipper Andrew Durante has labelled Adelaide's Jeronimo Neumann a cheat in a fiery post-match press conference.
The Wellington Phoenix have surrendered the A-League's only unbeaten run, losing 3-1 to Adelaide United after some poor officiating.
Former Central Pulse captain Cushla Lichtwark proved herself adept at stopping goals in her previous life as a tenacious netball defender.
Phoenix general manager David Dome admits the All Whites' World Cup qualification campaign is placing stress on the club's A-League aspirations.
The Phoenix are at full strength for the first time this season and coach Ricki Herbert will give his players licence to "get at" Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium tonight.
The All Whites will play China in Shanghai next month.
New Zealand Football has confirmed the match on November 14 at the Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium during an official Fifa window - meaning top players from around the world will be available.
AWAY form has always been a problem for Wellington Phoenix and their ability to earn points on the road will be tested in the next month.
So far, so good for the Wellington Phoenix this week.
As of last night, no one was on a drip, vomiting or quarantined ahead of their away match against Adelaide United on Saturday.
A strong pre-season, solid recruitment and a settled ownership structure seem to be paying off for the Wellington Phoenix.