‘Cracking start’: E-League Round 1 wrap


The inaugural E-League season launched in style on Thursday night as Australia’s finest FIFA 18 exponents showcased their skills in an entertaining opening round.

Streamed live on Twitch and Fox Sports, each Hyundai A-League club was represented by one player on Xbox and another on PlayStation 4.

The two-legged format saw Western Sydney Wanderers climb to the summit after the first of nine competition weeks.

Read on for how the first taste of E-League action played out and view the ladder at the bottom of the page.

Jamie O'Doherty E-League Round 1 FIFA 18

Adelaide United 2-3 Central Coast Mariners

Central Coast Mariners did enough across two closely-contested matches to commence their campaign with a 3-2 aggregate win against Adelaide United.

Xbox: Jamie (FUTWIZ Jamie) O’Doherty 2-2 Matt ‘StrawHat Camels’ Camilleri

In one of the games of the night, Central Coast competitor Matt Camilleri rallied late to deny Jamie O’Doherty and Adelaide United in a 2-2 draw.

Camilleri defied his outsider status to grab an early lead through Cristiano Ronaldo, but the same man quickly replied for O’Doherty.

And the Portugal superstar looked to have completed the turnaround for O’Doherty after half-time. 

But there was drama still to come in stoppage-time as Trent Buhagiar, the night’s second of three Hyundai A-League scorers, poked home amid a scramble for Camilleri.

Zac May-Burgess E-League Round 1 FIFA 18

PS4: Zachary ‘vDreamz-Shooter’ May-Burgess 0-1 Kiran ‘KyrenFIFA’ Gupta

In round one’s tense closing encounter, Kiran Gupta earned the Mariners three points against Adelaide with a slim 1-0 win over Zac May-Burgess.

Ronaldo came up with the all-important goal for Gupta in the second half to settle the aggregate score in Central Coast’s favour.

David de Gea starred for both sides, with Gupta’s clean sheet making the difference across a hard-fought two legs.

This article was originally published at: www.a-league.com.au/e-league/news/e-league-round-1-wrap

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