2007 A-League Pre-Season Challenge Cup

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The 2007 A-League Pre-Season Challenge Cup competition was held in July and August in the lead-up to the start of the A-League 2007-08 season. The opening round started on 14 July 2007. The competition featured a group stage, with three regular rounds, followed by a two-week finals playoff.

In previous years, the Pre-Season Cup was used to enhance the A-League's profiles by playing pre-season games in regional centres. In 2007 venues included Sunshine Coast, Launceston, Canberra, Port Macquarie, Darwin, Orange and Geelong.[1]

The group stage had a bonus point system. One point was awarded for 2 goals in a match, two points for 3 and three points for 4 or more goals in a match.

If two or more teams were level on points accumulated, the following criteria would be applied, in order, until one of the teams was determined as the higher ranked:

  1. highest goal difference;
  2. highest number of goals scored;
  3. result of the match played between the teams concerned;
  4. highest number of bonus points accumulated;
  5. lowest number of red cards accumulated;
  6. lowest number of yellow cards accumulated;
  7. toss of a coin.

The finals series was held over two weekends – 3 August to 5 August, and 10 August to 12 August.

Pre-Season Cup group stage fixtures and results[edit]

Round 1[edit]





15 July 2007
13:00 UTC+10
Melbourne Victory 1–1 Adelaide United
Allsopp Goal 74' (Report) Dodd Goal 9'

Round 2[edit]



21 July 2007
15:00 UTC+10
Central Coast Mariners 1–1 Queensland Roar
Boogaard Goal 6' (Report) Lynch Goal 60'
Wade Park,
Orange, New South Wales
Attendance: 3,531
Referee: James Lewis

22 July 2007
14:00 UTC+12
Wellington Phoenix 3–0 Sydney FC
Smeltz Goal 13', Goal 89'
Rudan Goal 14' (own)
(Report)

22 July 2007
14:00 UTC+10
Melbourne Victory 0–1 Newcastle Jets
(Report) Wheelhouse Goal 51'
Skilled Stadium,
Geelong, Victoria
Attendance: 8,500
Referee: Ben Williams

Round 3[edit]


27 July 2007
19:00 UTC+12
Wellington Phoenix 1–2 Queensland Roar
Old Goal 47' (Report) Lynch Goal 41'
Ognenovski Goal 50'
Queen Elizabeth II Park,
Christchurch, New Zealand
Attendance: 4,081
Referee: Michael Hester

27 July 2007
19:30 UTC+9:30
Adelaide United 4–1 Newcastle Jets
Burns Goal 6'
Djite Goal 66'
Sarkies Goal 80' (pen)
Alagich Goal 86'
(Report) Bridge Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 69'
A. Griffiths Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 79'
J. Griffiths Goal 90+2' (pen)


Playoffs[edit]


4 August 2007
18:00 UTC+10
Central Coast Mariners 2–3 Perth Glory
Mrdja Goal 43'
Petrovski Goal 90'
(Report) Dragicevic Goal 23'
Bertos Goal 55'
Tarka Goal 78'

4 August 2007
19:30 UTC+10
Newcastle Jets 3–2 Sydney FC
J. Griffiths Goal 5', Goal 76'
Tunbridge Goal 56'
(Report) Zadkovich Goal 79'
Talay Goal 83'

4 August 2007
19:30 UTC+10
Melbourne Victory 1–2 Wellington Phoenix
Dodd Goal 34' (own) (Report) Smeltz Goal 53'
Daniel Goal 87'

5 August 2007
18:00 UTC+9:30
Adelaide United 3–2 Queensland Roar
Djite Goal 1'
Petta Goal 45'
Cássio Goal 64'
(Report) Lynch Goal 16'
Milicic Goal 73'

Finals[edit]



11 August 2007
19:30 UTC+10
Melbourne Victory 0–1 Sydney FC
(Report) Brosque Goal 34'
Olympic Park Stadium
Attendance: 3,400
Referee: Simon Przydacz

12 August 2007
15:00 UTC+9:30
Adelaide United 2–1 Perth Glory
Djite Goal 66'
Cássio Goal 83'
(Report) Bertos Goal 45'
Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 9,606
Referee: Craig Zetter

12 August 2007
16:00 UTC+10
Central Coast Mariners 1–3 Queensland Roar
Simon Goal 9' (Report) Milicic Goal 30'
Nichols Red card 33'
Marcinho Goal 48'
Seo Red card 76'
Reinaldo Goal 86'
Bluetongue Stadium
Attendance: 3,500 (estimate)
Referee: James Lewis

Scorers[edit]

As at 12 August 2007

3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own Goals

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Regional Focus for Pre-Season Cup". 23 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-23.