Round three of the 2018/19 A-League is well and truly over and it was a matchweek free of any major VAR drama.
Yes, that’s right, the controversial technology played no major role in the games, nor did it feature in any of the headlines across the weekend.
Perth Glory, Sydney FC and Adelaide United extended their unbeaten starts, while Brisbane Roar, Newcastle Jets and the Central Coast Mariners remain winless.
Here’s a snapshot of A-League round three!
THEY SAID IT
“In the past this is all too normal losing 3-0. We can’t accept that and I will not accept it,” Mariners’ coach Mike Mulvey after his side’s 3-0 home loss to Adelaide United on Sunday.
MAN OF THE ROUND
Adelaide United’s Craig Goodwin. Two goals and an assist against Central Coast following hot on the heels of his FFA Cup final double, with Socceroos coach Graham Arnold attending both games. Not a bad week for him.
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Goodwin continues red hot form0:00
A-League: Craig Goodwin has continued the form that saw him score two goals for the Reds in the FFA Cup final. This time banging home the opening goal in Adelaide’s A-League match vs the Mariners (round 3).
STAT THAT MATTERS
Four, the amount of goals English striker Adam Le Fondre has scored in just three league games.
Football was the winner with no major VAR controversies and no Usain Bolt to deflect attention.
Sydney FC’s unlikely hero0:00
A-League: Rhyan Grant’s post-injury form has helped Sydney FC reach the top of the A-League ladder this season.
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The sound of optimism deflating among Phoenix and Mariners supporters after 3-0 home defeats following some fighting efforts by both clubs in the first two rounds.
Newcastle’s strikers. The side that scored for fun last season has managed just two goals in the current campaign.
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City embarrassed by Sydney FC2:17
A-League: Sydney FC have thrashed Melbourne City 3-0 during their round three clash at AAMI Park.
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Mariners goalkeeper Ben Kennedy allowing Craig Goodwin’s 20-metre free-kick to slip between his hands.
The most attractive match of round four will pit FFA Cup winners Adelaide United against visiting Perth Glory in a match which could reveal plenty about both’s club title aspirations.
Glory’s formidable front line0:00
A-League: The Sunday Shootout team have heaped praise on Perth Glory’s in-form frontmen.