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Round Recap – Week 17

RoundRecap_round17For a while this weekend, it seemed as though we wouldn’t see a goal from open play with six of round 17′s twelve goals coming from the penalty spot – tying the A-League record for a single round. In the end, though, we did see some fantastic goals.

In Sydney, the Victory and the Sky Blues played out a controversial 3-3 draw, while earlier on Saturday, we saw a pair of draws as Wellington and Melbourne City finished scoreless, and Newcastle and Western Sydney traded second-half penalties in a 1-1 draw that lacked some polish from both sides.

Then, on Sunday, Adelaide and the Glory played out a pulsating 1-1 draw at Coopers Stadium — returning the Glory to the top of the A-League ladder.

Goal of the week

As we’ve mentioned already, there was a bit of a dearth of goals from open play this week, but Sunday’s Adelaide vs Perth match delivered a few from the top drawer.

An honourable mention to Nebojsa Marinkovic’s stunner in the second half, and to Kosta Barbarouses for his outside-of-the-boot effort the night before, but our award this week goes to Pablo Sanchez. Tarek Elrich’s sublime through ball found the cunning Sanchez, who was calm, controlled, and absolutely clinical to put his side ahead 1-0.

Moment of the week

We noted that the Big Blue on Saturday night was controversial, but that’s almost the understatement of the year, as referee Strebre Delovski awarded one of the worst penalty decisions in A-League history. Victory fans would have a right to feel aggrieved by both the decision and the reaction of penalty ‘winner’ Sebastian Ryall. Not sure what we’re talking about? This video should clarify it for you…

Player of the Season

Aaron Mooy picked up a few votes in the drab 0-0 draw with Wellington on Saturday to pull level with Marcelo Carrusca at the top of our Player of the Season standings. Roly Bonevacia took all 3 votes from that match to push himself into contention on 12 votes, while Kosta Barbarouses’ performance on Saturday night netted him the 3 votes require to push himself up to 11 votes for the season.

Friday: Central Coast Mariners 0-2 Brisbane Roar

A pair of second-half penalties have pushed Brisbane Roar to a 2-0 win over the Central Coast Mariners tonight in Gosford. Jean Carlos Solorzano and Andrija Kaluderovic were both successful from the penalty spot, as the Roar jumped back inside the top 6 at the expense of Melbourne City.

Both teams came into the contest off the back of late wins in round 16; the Mariners getting past Adelaide with a second-half double from Nick Fitzgerald and Josh Rose, and Brisbane fortunate to grab three points in the dying moments against the Jets, courtesy of an own goal.

Full match report »

Saturday: Wellington Phoenix 0-0 Melbourne City

Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne City played out an intriguing 0-0 draw in front of a 9,000 strong crowd at Hutt Recreation Reserve on Saturday afternoon.

Ernie Merrick made just the one change to the side that lost 2-0 to Western Sydney last week, with Alex Rodriguez starting ahead of Vince Lia. Meanwhile, Tando Velaphi reclaimed his position in goals for City after missing the last two weeks, while Hoffman and Ramsay made way for David Williams and Josh Kennedy, the latter recovering well from his thirty-minute stint in Melbourne’s derby defeat.

Full match report »

Saturday: Newcastle Jets 1-1 Western Sydney Wanderers

The Newcastle Jets and the Western Sydney Wanderers played out an expected 1-1 draw in front of 11,019 fans today at Hunter Stadium.

But the manner of which both sides got to the final scoreline could not have been more bizarre as for 87 minutes of the game both sides remained gridlocked.

Full match report »

Saturday: Sydney FC 3-3 Melbourne Victory

Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC have once again played out a thrilling 3-3 draw in the 34th edition of the Big Blue.

The game had it all; a remarkable eight yellow cards, six goals, including two penalties, several heated arguments and numerous dubious decisions from referee Strebre Delovski.

Full match report »

Sunday: Adelaide United 1-1 Perth Glory

Adelaide United have surrendered an early 1-0 lead, with a Nebojsa Marinkovic stunner in the 53rd minute ensuring both teams leave Coopers Stadium with a share of the points.

In front of just under 10,000 fans in Adelaide, Pablo Sanchez opened the scoring in the 11th minute, thanks to a sublime through-ball by Tarek Elrich. Sanchez jinked and turned before cleverly chipping the ball into the back of the net, much to the delight of coach Josep Gombau and his teammates.

Full match report »

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