Heroic moments: Redemption for Jamieson in pulsating Melbourne Derby
Scott Jamieson has been around long enough and has plenty of experience in the Hyundai A-League to not let too much faze him on the pitch.
Which is why the Melbourne City skipper simply gave a wry smile, shrugged his shoulders and moved on after his moment to forget in Saturday night’s Melbourne Derby.
The left-back did his best to inspire his side when he cut in from the left and unleashed a shot he hoped would test Victory keeper Lawrence Thomas.
But unfortunately for Jamieson and City, the ball skewed off the side of his foot and went nowhere near the goal, rolling out for a throw in on the far side of the pitch.
It would have been enough for some players to put the cue in the rack and go back into their shell for the rest of the night. But not Jamieson.
The 30-year-old continued to pose a threat to Victory down the left flank and came up with a sublime chipped cross in stoppage-time to set up Dario Vidosic’s equaliser.
Singh’s ‘Messi-like’ display for Phoenix
He may still be a teenager but the reputation of Wellington Phoenix playmaker Sarpreet Singh is growing by the week.
Singh was simply on another level in Phoenix’s 4-1 demolition of Brisbane Roar, scoring a stunning free-kick and providing an assist in a man-of-the-match display.
But it wasn’t just his goal involvements which caught the eye, with Singh producing a couple of exquisite touches and driving runs through the heart of the Roar defence which had some commentators on FOX SPORTS comparing him to Argentine great Lionel Messi.
And the scary thought for opposition teams in that Phoenix boss Mark Rudan believes Singh is only just getting started.
His battle with Melbourne Victory superstar Keisuke Honda on Friday night should be an absolute cracker.
Sheppard makes his mark on Roy’s return
There was plenty of focus on the return of Newcastle Jets striker Roy O’Donovan from his 10-game ban in Sunday’s F3 Derby against Central Coast Mariners.
But it was another Jets attacker that ended up having a bigger impact in his side’s come-from-behind 2-1 win.
Substitute Kaine Sheppard came on with 17 minutes left at Central Coast Stadium and within 10 minutes set-up the match-winner.
His delightful lofted pass to tee-up Ronny Vargas showed the former Avondale FC striker’s class and proves the Jets now have plenty of exciting options in their front third heading into 2019.
De Silva delivers on return to the west
Perth Glory will always hold a special place in Daniel De Silva’s heart with the West Australian club giving him his start as a professional footballer.
But the youngster came back to haunt his former club on Friday night by delivering the hammer blow as the Sky Blues left Perth with all three points in a 2-1 win.
De Silva came on off the bench and showed his undoubted ability by getting on the end of Milos Ninkovic’s clever pass, beating a defender and firing past Liam Reddy.
After an injury-disrupted start to his time in the Harbour City, De Silva will be hoping to have more of an impact for the Sky Blues as the season goes on.
‘Redders’ key to Sky Blues victory
Still on Sydney FC and keeper Andrew Redmayne was at the heart of a couple of key moments for his side in the win over the Glory.
The experienced keeper first pulled off a stunning save in the first-half to deny Andy Keogh from point-blank range to preserve Sydney FC’s lead.
He got off his line quickly and made himself big to ensure Keogh’s goal-bound effort was blocked away to safety.
And then deep in stoppage-time at the end of the match, Redmayne came up big again.
The gloveman again came off his line quickly to stop Joel Chianese from getting a shot away, with the Glory attacker fouling Redmayne in the process meaning Brendon Santalab’s strike was ruled out.
While Redmayne doesn’t always get the credit he deserves for Sydney FC’s success, there’s no doubt he was crucial to the side’s ninth-straight win over the Glory.