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Round Recap – Week 26

RoundRecap_Week26We’re finally within touching distance of the end of the season, and we seem to have an answer to the golden question of the past month – who will win the Premier’s Plate?

Victory’s back-to-back wins against Brisbane Roar this week have all but ensured the boys from Melbourne will secure the Plate, as they now sit 3 points and 7 goal difference points clear of 2nd placed Sydney FC.

Earlier in the weekend, Wellington and Sydney both had close wins on Friday to keep the race alive, and Adelaide dropped out of the race with a shock 2-1 loss to Western Sydney. Perth also earned a consolation win on Sunday over ten-man Melbourne City.

Goal of the week

The game looked dead and buried at 2-0, but the Wellington Phoenix weren’t going to go down without a fight against the Mariners on Friday. First, Roly Bonevacia found the net. Then, Kenny Cunningham made it 2-2. Finally, with time almost up, Cunningham popped up to steal all three points for the Phoenix, with a cool finish into the bottom corner:

Moment of the week

They may be as good as Premier, but it didn’t come without some controversy. Referee Ben Williams awarded a penalty to Melbourne Victory on Saturday night that, on face value, looked a certain penalty. Replays indicated, however, that that wasn’t necessarily the case:

Player of the Season

We’re still collating votes for each game, but we’re keeping them close to our chest at this stage. Why? Because it makes it much more exciting! What we can say is that we’ll release the final Player of the Season standings after round 27, so stay tuned!

Sorry, guys. No spoilers here for our #ALeague Player of the Season standings – we'll reveal the final tally after round 27!

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Friday: Wellington Phoenix 3-2 Central Coast Mariners

A three goal, second-half comeback has seen the Wellington Phoenix stun the Central Coast Mariners 3-2 at Westpac Stadium on Friday night.

Goals to Nick Fitzgerald and Eddy Bosnar in the first half were cancelled out by Roly Bonevacia and Kenny Cunningham in the second stanza of the match, with Cunningham providing the winner late in second-half stoppage time.

Full match report »

Friday: Newcastle Jets 3-4 Sydney FC

The race for the A-League Premiership continued this evening as a resurgent Newcastle Jets played host to their big city rivals, Sydney FC.

Sydney’s hopes for a top-two finish were put into doubt following Wellington Phoenix’s miraculous 3-2 comeback victory at home to the Mariners just moments prior to kick off. Their Novocastrian opponents, meanwhile, were just happy to play for pride.

Full match report »

Saturday: Western Sydney Wanderers 2-1 Adelaide United

In what was a must win game for Adelaide United if they were to have any chance of claiming the Premiers Plate or a top two finish, it was Western Sydney who took the three points — leaving Adelaide stuck in the middle of the finals with nowhere else to go.

In a match which meant little for Western Sydney except a tune up for the Asian Champions League, Adelaide looked like a team early on who knew that a win was the only option for them, with their play looking timid and not as proactive as they usually are.

Full match report »

Saturday: Brisbane Roar 0-1 Melbourne Victory

Barring a catastrophe next Sunday against Central Coast Mariners, Melbourne Victory will be crowned A-League Premiers for 2014/15 season as they head into the final fixture three points clear with a heavy advantage in goal difference.

The 1-0 win in Brisbane was not without controversy, though, as the lone goal came through a dubious penalty decision from always-controversial referee Ben Williams.

Full match report »

Sunday: Perth Glory 3-1 Melbourne City

It was a great day for a football game but the Glory were playing for nothing but pride in their last home game of the season, as they took on Melbourne City, winning 3-1 at nib Stadium.

Just 5,821 fans turned out to see the Glory off before their season comes to a close next week. That didn’t stop the players entering the field raring to go and proving that pride is still something worth playing for in spite of the club controversy over the last few weeks.

Full match report » 

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