Domestic Leagues

ASEAN Wrap: Central Coast Mariners stay top despite defeat, BG Pathum United held

Kuala Lumpur: Central Coast Mariners kept their position at the top of the A-League despite suffering defeat while Thai League 1 leaders BG Pathum United were held to a draw by Bangkok United . 

The Malaysian domestic season, meanwhile, is set to kick off on March 5 after being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Join as we review the ASEAN domestic action.

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Australia: Adelaide United beat Central Coast Mariners, Western United make comeback

One of the main highlights from the weekend was Adelaide United coming from behind twice to beat Central Coast Mariners 3-2.

Tomi Juric's penalties cancelled out goals from Daniel De Silva and Alou Kuol in the 34th and 70th minutes, before he slotted home another spot-kick in the 85th minute to seal the win. There was further setback for the Mariners, as Kye Rowles was sent off in added time.

Mariners, however, stayed top of the standings on 18 points, four ahead of Brisbane Roar while Adelaide United are seventh on 10 points.

Brisbane Roar failed to capitalise on Central Coast Mariners' defeat, as they were held 0-0 by Sydney FC.

Western United picked up their second win of the season, beating Macarthur 4-1. The action began in the 26th minute through Iker Guarrotxena before Besart Berisha made it 2-0 just before the half-time whistle. Dylan Pierias etched his name on the scoresheet in the 54th minute, while Berisha was on target again in the 66th minute. Matt Derbyshire pulled one back for Macarthur in added time.

Newcastle Jets defeated Melbourne Victory 1-0, courtesy of a 72nd minute goal by Angus Thurgate. Newcastle are now sixth in the standings, while Melbourne Victory are firmly rooted at the bottom on four points from seven matches.

A series of late goals saw Wellington Phoenix and Western Sydney Wanderers close off the weekend with a 2-2 draw. Mirza Muratovic opened the scoring as early as the ninth minute for Wellington Phoenix, only for Kwame Yeboah to equalise 71 minutes in. Bruce Kamau then put the Wanderers ahead six minutes later, but Louis Fenton equalised just two minutes later for the teams to share the points.

Thailand: Successive wins for Buriram United, Barros Tardeli star of the week with two hat-tricks

There were ups and downs in the Thai League 1 as the 16 contenders played two matches over the week.

BG Pathum United still lead the way after beating Port FC 2-1, thanks to Chenrop Samphaodi scoring the winner in the 86th minute, before being held to a 1-1 draw by Bangkok United.

Port FC did not capitalise on BG Pathum's draw as they too were forced to settle for a goalless draw against Trat FC during the weekend.

Buriram United, meanwhile, were simply unstoppable, beating Rayong FC 5-0, before displaying their prowess to record a comeback 3-2 victory against Suphanburi FC, thanks to Supachok Sarachat's hat-trick.

Samut Prakan moved up to fourth in the standings after recording back-to-back wins against Muangthong United and Prachuap FC. Samut first beat Muangthong 4-2 with Brazilian striker Barros Tardeli notching a hat-trick, before repeating the feat four days later in a 4-0 win over Prachuap.

Chiangrai United started off their week with a 1-1 draw against Nakhon Rachasima, then survived a late Rayong FC revival to emerge 3-2 victors thanks to Bill's brace.

Malaysia: Johor Darul Ta'zim seek eighth consecutive title

The 2021 Malaysia Super League season kicks off on March 5, with defending champions Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) hosting Kedah in the Charity Shield-cum-Super League match at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium in Iskandar Puteri.

Benjamin Mora's side are the undisputed champions of Malaysian football, having won the Super League for a seventh straight time last season.

Matches will be played behind closed doors due to COVID-19 precautions.

Photo: Adelaide United FC

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