The 2019/20 A-League matches that were more boring than isolation

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You thought being at home for weeks on end during COVID-19 was boring you to death, but let me remind you of some of the A-League games this season.

Get ready to be reminded of some of the games you really can not remember happening this season because nothing really happened in them.

Round one: The first of the three (original) Melbourne derbies for the year. Thankfully, the other two were slightly better.

Melbourne City v Melbourne Victory (0-0): This game was full of a lot of almost’s but not much actually’s. Storm Roux almost scored for Victory, Elvis Kamsoba almost scored his maiden A-League goal and City almost responded after the VAR stepped in. A derby with this much riding on it should probably not happen in round one ever again.

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Round two: Well at least this game proved you can score a goal or two but still be an average performance.

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Central Coast Mariners v Newcastle Jets (1-1): Milan Djuric scored the opener in the first four minutes and almost scored the winner later on in the match. However there was not much in between these two moments. The A-League could not find a ‘key moment’ for the match report other than the goals and had to settle with the Jets attempt of upping their pressure.

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Round ten:

Melbourne Victory v Wellington (0-0): Victory forgot what it meant to attack in this dead lock.  Besides the ten yellow cards and the one red to Kristijan Dobras nothing happened. Now for a someone like myself, who only started following the A-League this season, I recall telling my Dad how great this game was because ‘something is happening’. Oh, was I wrong. As I evaluate this game, it’s clear Victory sat back and purely defended. They failed to try and convincingly score. For the home side who really needed to prove something to their supporters, this is not the way they should have tried to do it.

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Round 23: The beginning of the end.

Sydney FC v Perth Glory (0-0): In a top three team clash so late in the season, this game was expected to be one full of goals, competition and well just plain and simple excitement. Instead this game was the pure taster of the boredom the rest of the world would encounter the following week. The sides did well to attack and could at least get the ball down front, but no one knew where the net was that night.

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There were many more games that could have made this list easily, but do I really want to bore you with them all?

No.

Feature Image Credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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Tricia Mifsud
Covering Melbourne Victory during the 2019/2020 season. Bachelor of Media and Communications (Sports Journalism) at Latrobe University. Dedicated to writing articles that sports fans want to read.