Rohan Connolly’s staunch defence of the A-League
Rohan Connolly has backed the A-League in light of recent criticism.
Following a dramatic 1-1 draw in the Melbourne Derby on Saturday night which was attended by nearly 25,000 people, he said the league regularly cops unfair flack, especially compared to other codes.
“Australian soccer is a regular punching bag of the cheap seats media in this country,” he said.
“We had another ripping Melbourne derby between Victory and City here last night at AAMI Park, with Dario Vidosic’s 92nd minute equaliser for City seeing the points shared in the second high-quality game between these two sides this season.
“We also had a crowd of nearly 25,000 at AAMI Park, which three days before Christmas was a very good result indeed. An interesting contrast, too, to only 15,000 who went to Marvel Stadium on Thursday night to watch the BBL contest between the Renegades and the Scorchers.
“No one is yet pointing the finger at BBL and saying the magic formula is wearing thin. But it seems like soccer in this country always has to do more to keep the critics at bay.
“The fact is the Victory this season is pulling average crowds of nearly 23,000. Even City, routinely rubbished for its so-called lack of followers, is currently averaging more than 12,000 per game.
“They’re decent numbers. And more evidence that in Melbourne, soccer, cricket and AFL can all co-exist with decent levels of interest and support.”
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