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A-League Off to a Flier

  • A-League Off to a Flier

Round two of the 2014/15 A-League season has been completed and if there is one common denominator that categorises the start of the football action so far, itís goals.

17 goals were scored across the eight games over the weekend to go with the 15 scored in round one, a statistic that will no doubt have the games administrators patting themselves on the back.

[quote]There is no doubt the ability for a team to score regularly attracts more people to follow them and, with total memberships across all clubs reaching the 100,000 mark, David Gallopís push to make season 10 of the A-League the biggest ever is gaining momentum.[/quote]

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There is no doubt the ability for a team to score regularly attracts more people to follow them and, with total memberships across all clubs reaching the 100,000 mark, David Gallopís push to make season 10 of the A-League the biggest ever is gaining momentum

While goals will attract fans to the game, itís the quality of football that will keep them and itís fair to say in that regard that the A-League has come on in leaps and bounds.

What is more pleasing is the profile of the league has risen to the point where genuine blockbusters can now be marketed and exploited to their fullest extent Ė tae Adelaide Unitedís clash with Melbourne Victory on Friday evening.

A record 33,126 turned up to the re-vamped Adelaide Oval to witness what was, for the most part, a stop-start affair that didnít really live up to its billing until the final five minutes of the game.

While the majority of those spectators were football fans, many would have attended as neutral observers to see what all the fuss was about and may have developed a taste for football that will see them come back again.

The Sydney Derby also produced a record regular-season crowd of 41,213 at Allianz Stadium Ė thatís a record crowd for any football code, a mark that will no doubt make Football Australia very happy and present further evidence of the growth of the game.

Those who attended witnessed an epic derby between Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers, with the home Sky Blues coming from two goals down to beat a 10-man Wanderers unit 3-2.

Another epic unfolded at nib Stadium in Perth as the Glory defied the form book to down reigning champions Brisbane Roar 3-2 to top the A-League table after two rounds.

Irish import Andy Keogh scored a hat-trick for the home side that saw the visitors suffer the second loss in a row and put them on the back foot for their title defence.

Rulers of the old NSL, the Glory have spent most of the A-Leagueís 10-year history towards the bottom of the table and their fans will no doubt be excited at the early-season form shown by the players.

The league needs a strong team in Perth to remain a truly national competition and if Glory fans keep coming back it will no doubt spur their team on.

Rest assured, the clash between the Reds and the Glory at Coopers Stadium on Sunday will have more significance attached to it now than it did at the start of the season.

It is also good for the league that teams that have struggled in recent times turn that form around and move up the table in order to keep the competition fierce and unpredictable.

With both last seasonís grand finalists in the Roar and Wanderers with no points after two rounds, the early signs are that the competition is evening-up.

Indeed, Melbourne Victoryís first-up thrashing of Western Sydney is the only game so far decided by more than one goal.

The standard has lifted and it appears the gap between the best and worst teams has reduced significantly.

Thereís a long way to go, of course, and plenty of football to be played but the early taste of what the A-League has to offer us so far is definitely palatable and will have us coming back, empty plates in hand, begging for another helping.

What do you think of the A-League so far?

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