November 28, 2011
AUCKLAND – Amber Hearn and Tim Brown netted vital – and in Brown’s case spectacular – goals over the weekend to help their respective clubs’ aims in the German and Australian leagues.
Hearn struck the opening goal – her second in as many games – for USV Jena in a 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen that lifts Jena out of relegation zone in Germany’s Frauen Bundesliga.
Towards the other end of the table, Rebecca Smith’s Wolfsburg leapfrogged Ria Percivals’s FFC Frankfurt into third place and closer to the Champions League places with a crucial 1-0 away win over their rivals.
Bad Neuenahr notched their third league win on the trot to move to seventh with Sarah Gregorius in the starting line up and Katie Hoyle used as an early substitute despite not being fully recovered from injury.
In England, West Ham’s Winston Red is still sidelined with a shoulder injury but the news that Ryan Nelsen is back in training will be welcome news to Blackburn and All Whites fans alike.
Chris Wood was used as a late sub for Birmingham City in the Championship but didn’t have much time to find a winner in the 2-2 draw away to Blackpool, while in the Scottish Premier League Rory Fallon played the first half as Aberdeen drew 3-3 away to Dunfermline Athletic.
The All Whites contingent in the A-League was this week led by All Whites vice captain Tim Brown, whose stunning 40-metre strike is an early contender for goal of the season and ensured the Wellington Phoenix took all three points from their clash with Sydney FC in the capital.
Leo Bertos and Ben Sigmund also featured for the home side during the 2-1 victory and Tony Lochhead provided the pass for the Phoenix’s opening goal.
Michael McGlinchey’s Central Coast beat Melbourne Heart to stay in second place behind Brisbane who routed Shane Smeltz’s Perth Glory 4-0.
Marco Rojas was back in the starting line up for Melbourne Victory whose 3-2 win over Glen Moss’s Gold Coast moves them up to third, while Jeremy Brockie’s Newcastle Jets played out a goalless draw with Adelaide United.
In the W-League, Football Ferns Abby Erceg and Anna Green endured another loss for the bottom placed Adelaide United Lady Reds, while a match between Emma Kete’s Perth Glory and Aroon Clansey’s Canberra United was postponed.
Closer to home All Whites Aaron Clapham and David Mulligan both converted penalties in the ASBPremiership to maintain Canterbury and Auckland’s early season form.