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Round Recap – Week 18

RoundRecap_week18We started the week in less than stellar fashion, with the Brisbane Roar vs Melbourne Victory game on Friday postponed due to poor weather in the sunshine state; leaving A-League fans wondering what they should do with their Friday night.

After that, we had some action packed games, though. Sydney scored three times in the second half to see off Central Coast 4-2, before Adelaide left it late to beat Western Sydney 2-1 on Saturday night.

Then, on Sunday, the Phoenix came from 2 goals down to draw with Newcastle, and Melbourne City’s scoring drought continued in a 0-0 draw with ladder-leading Perth Glory at AAMI Park.

Goal of the week

Credit must go to Jason Hicks for stepping up in a pressure situation and drilling a perfect free kick past Ben Kennedy to secure a 2-2 draw on Sunday. But our goal of the week must go to Sydney’s Rhyan Grant, for his thunderbolt against the Mariners on Saturday afternoon. Oof, what a hit!

Moment of the week

Adelaide looked as if they were heading for yet another draw in a game they’d dominated almost from pillar to post. As it has been for the last few games, the Reds were struggling to find that killer final ball to put a side away. This week, against the Wanderers, it took until the 90th minute, but the combination of Tarek Elrich, Craig Goodwin and Sergio Cirio delivered in a crucial moment for Adelaide’s season.

Player of the Season

Marcelo Carrusca’s performance on Saturday earned him a handy 3 votes to re-establish his lead at the top of the table, with Aaron Mooy, Nathan Burns and Marc Janko all in hot pursuit. Don’t count out the Victory pair of Ben Khalfallah and Berisha either — both have a game in hand in which to cut into the lead.

Our #ALeague Player of the Season standings after week 18. Marcelo Carrusca has re-established his lead at the top.

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Saturday: Sydney FC 4-2 Central Coast Mariners

Sydney FC came from behind to beat a positive Central Coast Mariners 4-2 in an entertaining affair at Allianz Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Despite coming into the match on the back of a disappointing mid-week loss in the Asian Champions League qualifiers, it was the visitors that had the first clear chance when a perfectly-weighted long ball in the 9th minute put Isaka Cernak through on goal, only for Vedran Janjetovic to get out early and push the ball away from the midfielder’s feet.

Full match report »

Saturday: Adelaide United 2-1 Western Sydney Wanderers

An injury-time winner to Sergio Cirio has sealed a 2-1 win for Adelaide over Western Sydney, in oppressively hot conditions in the South Australian capital on Saturday night.

With the game seemingly destined for a draw, the Spaniard popped up on the penalty spot to fire home the winner in front of 9,212 fans at Coopers Stadium.

Full match report »

Sunday: Wellington Phoenix 2-2 Newcastle Jets

Wellington and Newcastle have played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at Hutt Recreation Reserve in Wellington on Sunday afternoon.

The draw marks eight games unbeaten at home for Wellington, however it is also their fourth game without a win.

Full match report »

Sunday: Melbourne City 0-0 Perth Glory

Melbourne City and Perth Glory have played out a disappointing 0-0 draw tonight in front of 6,486 fans at AAMI Park.

Chances were few and far between for both sides, with the game failing to get out of first gear for the majority of the 90 minutes.

Full match report »

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avatarJustin is a passionate football fan, and the Editor-in-chief of Ultimate A-League.

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