When the A-League’s best forwards like to strike

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We all know that the primary role of a striker is to score goals.

But when do the A-League’s top predators like to strike?

Here, we breakdown the scoring patterns of the competition’s top six scorers so far.

Adam Le Fondre – Sydney FC 

The English striker is top of the goal scoring charts with six goals in seven matches as Sydney FC sit third in the competition standings.

As displayed in the graph below, Le Fondre has produced three first half goals as well as three second half strikes.

A perfect balance so far.

To dive in further, he has two goals in the latter stages of both the first period (31-45) and the second stanza (76-90+).

Sydney’s marksman is quickly establishing himself as one of the best imports to ply his trade in Australia and questions will soon be raised whether he can beat the record for most goals scored in a season (27 in 2017-18), which was set by former Sydney player Bobo.

Adam Taggart – Brisbane Roar 

Taggart has managed to start the campaign on the front foot by dispatching five efforts in seven matches for the Brisbane Roar.

Unlike Le Fondre, Taggart gets more of his business done in the second half.

This is evident with the former Newcastle Jets man scoring 80% of his goals in the second 45 minutes.

The forward has been going about his business quietly this season and the forward will be keeping a close eye on the Socceroos squad for the upcoming Asian Cup.

Christopher Ikonomidis – Perth Glory 

Perth Glory sit top of the league and that is partly due to the young Australians form this term.

He is tied with Taggart on five goals and three of his five strikes have come in the last 14 minutes plus added time of play.

Two of them have come in stoppage time and to echo that stat even further, no player on this list has managed a single goal in that period.

Andy Keogh – Perth Glory 

Keogh has built a solid partnership leading the line with Ikonomidis and that is backed up by the nine goals scored between them out of the Glory’s 13 thus far, which accounts for 69%.

While coach Tony Popovic has rebuilt the Perth outfit and changed their shape, it has reaped reward for his two strikers.

The Irishman has four goals next to his name this season and three of those have come in the opening half an hour of matches.

Keisuke Honda – Melbourne Victory 

The Japanese international has taken the league by storm with his performances and has strung together four goals and three assists for the Melbourne Victory.

Like Keogh, Honda has scored 75% of his goals in not only just the first half, but in the first 30 minutes as well.

Roy Krishna – Wellington Phoenix 

Four goals in seven appearances has Krishna up with the competition’s best and Krishna is coming off a brace against Sydney FC in Wellington’s 3-1 win last time out.

He’s scored three of his four efforts in the first half, which is the same as Keogh and Honda.

Combination of all players 

When we put together all the goals scored at different stages by the six players included in this piece, we can clearly distinguish what the popular brackets are.

The middle part of the first half has presented seven goals, while the same number is present in the dying embers of matches.

Surprisingly, only Adam Taggart takes claim to a goal that has been scored between the start of the second half and hour mark between all six players.

In a more broader context, 15 goals have been scored in the opening 45 minutes as a pose to the second period which has produced 13 goals.

The results show that all players have their moments in matches where they are most effective, but you would think after seven rounds that more goals would have been scored in the 46-60 minute mark.

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Michael Djordjieski
Bachelor of Sports Media graduate from the University of Canberra. Live and breath everything to do with football.

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