A spectacular 20-yard strike from Steve Ugarkovic gave Newcastle a 2-1 A-League win over Melbourne City in what is likely to be the final match of Australian professional sport for the foreseeable future.
With Football Federation Australia (FFA) expected to announce the coronavirus-affected suspension of the A-League season on Tuesday morning, the result of the round 26 game on Monday night may end up as little more than a future pub-quiz question.
The likely decision from FFA comes after the NRL...
Melbourne City marksman Jamie Maclaren has scored a hat trick to inspire a 4-2 away win over Central Coast in the first A-League match closed to the public.
The teams did their best to compensate for the lack of fan-generated atmosphere on Friday evening, scoring three goals in the first 10 minutes of the game at Gosford, which started in 34-degree conditions.
Maclaren's hat trick lifts him to 18 goals and above Sydney FC star Adam Le Fondre into first place in the the battle for the Golden Boot.
A condensed A-League season looks set to play out almost entirely in Sydney and Melbourne under a revamped schedule that is close to finalisation.
Wellington Phoenix general manager David Dome gave an insight into the overhauled nature of the league caused by the need to isolate teams and reduce travel because of the coronavirus.
Dome revealed Australia's two biggest cities will be hubs for the remainder of the regular season, which will be completed by mid-April at empty stadiums.
It's Monday. Time to talk about the good, bad and ugly from Round 23 in the A-League. But first ...
The health and safety of staff and officials
Much like when bushfires ravaged parts of Victoria and New South Wales earlier this season, this weekend provided a reminder as to the real-life importance of football and sport.
With the threat of COVID-19, the safety of people working in and around the A-League must take primary importance. Similarly to the Australian economy itself, however, the competition's...