2008 A-League Pre-Season Challenge Cup

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The 2008 A-League Pre-Season Challenge Cup competition was held in July and August 2008, in the lead up to the start of the Australian A-League football 2008-09 season.

All eight A-League clubs competed and were drawn into two groups of four teams. The format of the cup was modified from previous editions, reducing the number of matches. A group stage with three regular rounds saw team play each other in their group once, with the winner of each group advancing to the final. The final was played on 6 August, the first mid-week final in the competition history. The shortened format allowed clubs to schedule other matches in the lead up to the start of the A-League, and was completed before the 2008 Summer Olympics in which Australia competed.

Continuing from previous years, most Pre-Season Cup matches were played at venues in regional centres to expand the profile of the clubs and the league. Bunbury, Caloundra, Cessnock, Mandurah and Mount Gambier all hosted matches for the first time, while Launceston, Campbelltown, Port Macquarie and Wollongong hosted matches again.[1]

Fixtures and results[edit]

Group A[edit]

Fixtures


19 July 2008
19:00 UTC+8
Perth Glory 1 – 1 Newcastle Jets
Trinidad Goal 12' Report Spencer Goal 36'

20 July 2008
13:00 UTC+10
Melbourne Victory 1 – 2 Adelaide United
Ney Fabiano Goal 8' Report Cristiano Goal 33', Goal 90'

26 July 2008
15:00 UTC+8
Perth Glory 0 – 1 Melbourne Victory
Report Thwaite Goal 11'

26 July 2008
19:00 UTC+10
Newcastle Jets 0 – 0 Adelaide United
Report

2 August 2008
14:30 UTC+10
Newcastle Jets 0 – 1 Melbourne Victory
Report Pondeljak Goal 82'

2 August 2008
14:30 UTC+9:30
Adelaide United 0 – 0 Perth Glory
Report

Table

Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
Melbourne Victory 3 2 0 1 3 2 6
Adelaide United 3 1 2 0 2 1 5
Newcastle Jets 3 0 2 1 1 2 2
Perth Glory 3 0 2 1 1 2 2

Group B[edit]

Fixtures


19 July 2008
19:00 UTC+8
Sydney FC 2 – 1 Queensland Roar
Payne Goal 53'
Prentice Goal 57'
Report van Dijk Goal 49'
Hyuk-Su Seo Red card 57'

20 July 2008
16:00 UTC+12
Wellington Phoenix 1 – 0 Central Coast Mariners
Daniel Goal 72' Report

27 July 2008
15:00 UTC+10
Central Coast Mariners 3 – 0 Sydney FC
Porter Goal 43'
Petrovski Goal 60'
Mrdja Goal 68'
Report

27 July 2008
15:00 UTC+10
Queensland Roar 1 – 1 Wellington Phoenix
van Dijk Goal 18' Report Kwasnik Goal 74'

2 August 2008
19:00 UTC+10
Sydney FC 2 – 3 Wellington Phoenix
Brosque Goal 16'
Fyfe Goal 39'
Prentice Red card 90'
Report Hearfield Goal 57'
Smeltz Goal 62'
Gao Goal 82'
Durante Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 90'

3 August 2008
15:00 UTC+10
Queensland Roar 1 – 2 Central Coast Mariners
Moore Red card 49'
Zullo Goal 51'
Report Elrich Goal 29'
MacAllister Goal 32'
Perry Park,
Brisbane, Queensland

Attendance: 3,241

Table

Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
Wellington Phoenix 3 2 1 0 5 3 7
Central Coast Mariners 3 2 0 1 5 2 6
Sydney FC 3 1 0 2 4 7 3
Queensland Roar 3 0 1 2 3 5 1

Final[edit]



Top goalscorers[edit]

2 Goals:

1 Goal:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football spreads its reach". Football Federation Australia. 2007-05-02. Retrieved 2007-05-07.