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Round Recap – Week 22

RoundRecap_round22It was a weird ending to round 22, with the Wellington vs Brisbane game called off early in the 73rd minute due to an unplayable surface. At the time, the Phoenix were ahead 2-1, meaning they record the win and jump out to a four point lead at the top of the A-League ladder.

Earlier in the weekend, the Mariners fought back to earn a draw against the Glory, the Victory and Reds played out a scintillating 2-2 classic, the Jets leapfrogged the Wanderers, and City saw off the Sky Blues at Allianz Stadium.

Goal of the week

They looked dead and buried when Jamie Maclaren put the Glory ahead with 10 minutes left in the match, but Central Coast’s Nick Montgomery didn’t seem too fazed when he unleashed this howitzer of a strike in injury time to rescue a draw. As Ned Zelic would say — “Boom!”

Moment of the week

We’ve had our fair share of refereeing blunders this season, but none more so than the effort of the assistant referee on Saturday afternoon at Wanderland. Somehow, despite having the goalkeeper and two defenders between him and the goal, and also being behind the progress of the ball itself, Edson Montano’s tap in goal was ruled out.

Replays indicated just how ridiculous the decision was, but the fact that calls like these are becoming part and parcel of the A-League of late is a worrying trend.

Player of the Season

Aaron Mooy added another 3 votes on Friday, but Marcelo Carrusca answered straight back with 3 of his own on Saturday. It’s fast turning into a two horse race, but not if the next best duo of Nathan Burns and Marc Janko have anything to say about it:

Our #ALeague Player of the Season standings after week 22. Our top 3 all got big vote hauls this week – can they be caught?

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Friday: Sydney FC 0-1 Melbourne City

Melbourne City has consolidated its place in the top six with a hard fought 1-0 win over Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium.

Sydney went into the match on the back of a four game winning streak, thanks largely to in-form striker Mark Janko, who last week set an A-League record of scoring in seven consecutive games.

Full match report »

Saturday: Western Sydney Wanderers 1-2 Newcastle Jets

Newcastle have registered just their second win of the season, and lifted themselves off the foot of the table, after a 2-1 win over the Western Sydney Wanderers this afternoon.

In front of just over 10,000 fans at Pirtek Stadium, the Jets prevailed thanks to goals from Enver Alivodic and Lee Ki-Je, and despite some questionable refereeing decisions in the opening half.

Full match report »

Saturday: Adelaide United 2-2 Melbourne Victory

Yet another classic encounter between two of the league’s biggest rivalries saw honours even between Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory on Saturday night.

A win would’ve seen either side top the table, but it was not to be as a late goal from Archie Thompson cancelled out Dylan McGowan’s effort minutes earlier, while goals came in the first half from Fahid Ben Khalfallah and Pablo Sanchez.

Full match report »

Sunday: Central Coast Mariners 1-1 Perth Glory

A howitzer off the boot of Nick Montgomery has cancelled out Jamie Maclaren’s opener for Perth, as the Central Coast Mariners walked away with a point on Sunday afternoon in a 1-1 draw in Gosford.

On Superhero Sunday at the Central Coast Stadium, the home side made just the one change to the starting team that lost to Adelaide 2-1 on March 12th, with Eddy Bosnar replaced in defence by youngster Hayden Morton. The game would be Morton’s first senior match for the Mariners in almost two years.

Full match report »

Sunday: Brisbane Roar 1-2 Wellington Phoenix

Wellington has beaten Brisbane 2-1 to extend its lead at the top of the table, with the game called off early due to dangerous conditions at Suncorp Stadium.

In stunning circumstances, the match was abandoned in the 73rd minute after torrential rain soaked the Suncorp Stadium pitch, making it both unplayable and unsafe for the players.

Full match report » 

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