Australian football: Melbourne through to A-League Grand Final, Adelaide to play Queensland in preliminary final

Sunday, February 15, 2009

MelbourneMelbourne Victory FC has advanced through to the 2008-9 A-League Grand Final after defeating Adelaide United in their 2-leg Semi Final. Melbourne will now host the winner of the Adelaide verses Queensland Roar Preliminary Final. In a top four finals series, which the A-League uses, the Preliminary Final is a final played between the qualifying Semi Final (1st vs. 2nd) and the winner of the elimination Semi Final (3rd vs. 4th) for the remaining spot in the Grand Final.

14 February 2009
19:30 UTC+11
Melbourne Victory 4 – 0 Adelaide United Telstra Dome
Attendance: 34,736
Referee: Matthew Breeze
Thompson Scored after 10 minutes 10'
Hernández Scored after 24 minutes 24'
Allsopp Scored after 44 minutes 44'
Pondeljak Scored after 48 minutes 48'
Cassio Booked after 62'Booked again after 82'Sent off after 82' 62', 82'
Archie Thompson, who scored Melbournes first goal

Melbourne handed Adelaide a four goal to none thumping in the second leg of the semi final. Adealaide did not look like they were in the match after Archie Thompson slotted home a goal in the tenth minute.

Carlos Hernandez produced three assists and scored a goal in the 48th minute. Hernandez had flown in from representing Coasta Rica in a World Cup qualifier.

Michael Lynch of The Age described Adelaide's performance as "inept and embarrassing, lacking wit, verve, invention or ideas."

"It will be interesting to see what happens when Carlos [Hernandez] is really fit as well, when he's had a bit of a rest. He was supurb for us tonight," said Melbourne captain Kevin Muscat.

"After everything we spoke about last week, coming in and getting a positive result and working hard, it just didn't happen and at this level that's not acceptable...we'll have a long hard look at ourselves this week and see if we want to be here, and on that performance you would say no," said Adelaide captain Travis Dodd, ruing his sides defeat.

"The motivation has to be there, we're playing for a grand final spot, to host a grand final, and if that's the best we can do have to wonder where we're at. I guess it is going to be a week of soul searching we have to get our act together for Queensland's game," added Dodd.

Melbourne won the game four goals to one and the semi final six goals to none.