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Round Recap – Week 27

RoundRecap_week27The 2014/15 A-League regular season has come to a close, and we finally have an answer to the question of who would win the Premier’s Plate.

With a 3-1 win over the Mariners on Sunday afternoon, Melbourne Victory confirmed that they would be the ones to lift the first piece of A-League silverware this season, and join Sydney FC (after their 2-1 win over Wellington) in enjoying a week off in the first week of the finals.

Adelaide wrapped up 3rd place with a 4-1 thumping of Melbourne City, and will now meet Brisbane Roar at the Adelaide Oval next week, after the Roar finished 6th with a win over Newcastle on Friday.

Wellington’s loss to Sydney means they finish in 4th place and will host 5th placed Melbourne City next Sunday, while Perth ended their season on a high note with a 2-1 win at Wanderland.

Goal of the week

There’s no doubt who would be our Goal of the Week for round 27. On Saturday, Adelaide’s Tarek Elrich ran with the ball from his own half, beat half a dozen defenders, and deftly put the ball past City’s Tando Velaphi to finish off what could be the Goal of the Season:

Moment of the week

Well, obviously, our ‘moment’ this week was going to relate to the Premier’s Plate winner, regardless of who it was going to be. Melbourne Victory proved to be the most consistent, attacking side this season, and on Sunday night, coach Kevin Muscat and captain Mark Milligan lifted the 2014/15 A-League Premier’s Plate in front of over 22,000 die-hard fans at AAMI Park.

Player of the Season

Well, we’ve announced all our top vote-getters in the Player of the Season count except for our number 3, 2 and 1 ranked players. Those announcements will be made tomorrow (Monday), but for now, here’s equal 9th through 4th in our final Player of the Season rankings:

Friday: Brisbane Roar 2-1 Newcastle Jets

The Newcastle Jets will finish the 2014/15 A-League season in last place, after a thoroughly-entertaining match in Brisbane ended 2-1 in favour of the home side.

Substitute Kofi Danning opened the scoring in the 71st minute, before Edson Montano equalised in the 77th minute, with his third goal in his last three games. Then, late in the game, Lachlan Jackson found a winner to send the 8,693 fans home happy for the last time this season from Suncorp Stadium.

Full match report »

Saturday: Western Sydney Wanderers 1-2 Perth Glory

Perth Glory have ended the A-League season on a high note, recording a 2-1 victory over Western Sydney Wanderers at Pirtek Stadium on Anzac Day.

It seemed fitting that their opponents for the evening might well be the only other side in the league capable of sympathising with the roller-coaster nature of their campaign.

Full match report »

Saturday: Adelaide United 4-1 Melbourne City

Adelaide United has comfortably beaten Melbourne City 4-1 at Coopers Stadium tonight.

The game was arguably one of the most eventful of the season, producing five goals, including two penalties, four yellow cards and two red cards.

Full match report »

Sunday: Wellington Phoenix 1-2 Sydney FC

In what was a final before the finals, it was Sydney FC who secured second position and went straight through to the semi finals with a 2-1 victory over the Phoenix on Sunday.

In a game which had possibilities to shake up the final series, the game went according to plan for the Sky Blues who scored two goals in the first half and then largely kept out the Phoenix in the second half who were laying siege to the Sydney goal.

Full match report » 

Sunday: Melbourne Victory 3-1 Central Coast Mariners

Melbourne Victory have ended the 2014/15 regular season on a high, with a 3-1 win over the Mariners on Sunday sealing a return of the A-League Premier’s Plate to Victoria.

With a loss by seven goals the only way Melbourne could miss out on the Premier’s Plate, AAMI Park was in party mode well before kick-off, with 22,285 fans turning up to celebrate Victory’s first piece of silverware since the 2008/09 season.

Full match report » 

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