Penalties decide A-League finals

Tuesday, 23rd February 2010 12:43am
Wellington Phoenix and Newcastle Jets needed penalties to advance to the next stage of the A-League finals after their matches were drawn after extra time.

Gold Coast finished ten points ahead of the Jets and had home advantage and they couldn't use that to reach the next stage of the finals were they were going to host the match.

The Gold Coast/Jets match finished goalless but the first five penalties were all converted.

The Gold Coast then missed then missed the next two whilst the Jets missed just one to earn the right to play the Phoenix.

The Phoenix/Glory match finished one-all but the Glory managed to score just two penalties with the Phoenix not missing any and they will therefore host the next match against the Jets.

The Sydney/Melbourne and Phoenix/Jets matches will be played on the same day. The loser in the Sydney/Melbourne match will meet the winner of the Phoenix/Jets match.

Lets take a look at the goal margins for the 2009/10 A-League season up to the weekend matches. The zero goal margin matches were the draws and here is the table:


Goal MarginFrequency
0 34
1 53
2 31
3 11
4 7
5 1
6 1

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