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Poppa’s Wanderers Down
City in Seven Goal Thriller
Western Sydney Wanderers
continued their excellent
form this season with a thri-
lling 4-3 win over Melbourne City.
Dario Vidošić started the match be-
fore being replaced in the 80th minute
for super sub, Brendon Šantalab, who
continued his rich vein of scoring form
by adding a fourth goal to clinch the
three points for Tony Popović’s side.
Ivan Franjić also started the match
for Melbourne City, and was replaced
in the 70th minute in what looked to be
a tactical switch by City’s coaching staff.
Brisbane Roar returned to the
winners list with a 3-1 win over Sydney
A substandard goalkeeping perfor-
mance by Vedran Janjetović will ho-
pefully be a one off for the sky blues,
whilst Matthew Jurman also looked
vulnerable in central defence for the
The Roar had Steven Luštica in their
line up, and the midfielder made his
presence felt after coming on in the
Perth Glory stole a late win against
Melbourne Victory to keep their slim
finals chances alive.
Ante Čović was a solid contributor in
his side’s 3-2 win, denying the champi-
ons in key moments to help his side to a
priceless three points.
Adelaide United won another tight
match 1-0 at home to Newcastle Jets,
thanks to another excellent goalkee-
ping performance by Adelaide skipper
Mate Dugandžić was on the bench for
the home side but didn’t get any game
time this week, which was a surprise
considering his recent form, whilst Ma-
teo Poljak captained the Jets, who loo-
ked a better side but lacked conviction
in the final third.
In other results, Central Coast Mari-
ners defeated Wellington Phoenix 3-1.
Marianna Tabain - Championship
Caps of Magnificent Year
Melbourne City star Marianna Tabain
has capped off an exceptional year in
the W-League with a grand final win
against Sydney FC at AAMI Park last Sunday.
The Sydney-born, Perth-raised and Mel-
bourne-based winger came on in the 67th
minute to help her side run out 4-1 winners
in their first season as a W-League club. The
23-year old has already achieved a rare title
in the 2009 W-League goal of the year for for-
mer club Perth Glory, but this success is her
crowning achievement of her young career.
Tabain, whose parents both hail from the
Dalmatian island of Korčula, played a signifi-
cant part in her team’s unbeaten season, sco-
ring six times in a 12 match regular season. A
veteran of over 75 W-League matches at
such a tender age,
Tabain’s love for
the game came
from her home.
playing when I
was six with my
dad and dida,
before moving to
Western Knights and immediately fell in love
with the game”, Tabain said in the lead up to
the final. The diminutive attacker settled into
her new surroundings at Melbourne City, and
was helped immensely by Matilda’s star Lisa
De Vanna and new City coach and former
Melbourne Knights youth team coach, Joseph
“Melbourne City have been amazing from
every perspective. The club, the professiona-
lism, the facilities and especially the coaching
staff and the girls themselves have made the
transition so easy”, Tabain said.
The sharp and skilful attacker with an eye
for goal wants to try her luck overseas in the
future, and ultimately targets a call up to the
national side as a major goal.
“I would love to play for the Matildas one
day and hopefully make some money playing
football overseas and just experiencing anot-
her culture. I had the pleasure of visiting Cro-
atia in 2010 and spending time in Zadar, and I
would love to go back again”, Tabain said.
Growing up in Perth and playing top level
football for the Perth Glory women’s team,
Tabain also managed to find time to complete
the first three years of a Bachelor of Education
degree, which she plans to finish in the next
“I can’t wait to finish my degree and become
a teacher, but for me that is a long term goal
that can be focused on after football”, she said.
With another solid season in the top flight,
Tabain could well go onto bigger and better
things in the future, and perhaps be the first
Australian Croatian to represent Australia to
join the likes of Mark Viduka, Josip Skoko, Ja-
son Ćulina, Ned Zelić and current captain Mile
Jedinak as legends of the Green and Gold.
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