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Round Recap – Week 5


With the FFA Cup Final on this weekend, there were just the four games played in round 5, but there was still plenty of entertainment on offer.

Sydney and Brisbane played out the disappointing game of the weekend, drawing 0-0 on Friday night. But the night before, on Thursday, Melbourne City edged out Adelaide 4-2 in a thoroughly enjoyable contest.

Elsewhere, Wellington and Central Coast drew 1-1 in Gosford, and the Jets went down at home 2-1 to the Wanderers.

Goal of the week

The winner in the Jets vs Wanderers game came off the boot of Mitch Nichols, and boy did it fly!

After taking an initial touch to get the ball on his right boot, Nichols fired low and hard past the stubborn Mark Birighitti to give the Wanderers a 2-1 win

Moment of the week

Enver Alivodic’s goal to open the scoring on Saturday against the Wanderers was initially ruled out by the linesman for offside, before a conversation with referee Stephen Lucas reversed that decision and the goal stood. Replays, though, suggest the linesman was correct all along, and that Alivodic’s goal should’ve been disallowed:

Player of the Season

No Victory or Glory players make our current top 10, due to them being out of action in round 5. However, we do have three leaders on 7 votes, and they’re all from different clubs:

Our #ALeague Player of the Season standings after week 5.

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Thursday: Adelaide United 2-4 Melbourne City

Melbourne City has opened round 5 with a much needed win against fellow strugglers Adelaide United.

A brace from Bruno Fornaroli as well as goals from Eric Paartalu and Aaron Mooy secured a 4-2 win for City at Hindmarsh Stadium. Sergio Cirio and Pablo Sanchez’s goals for Adelaide were mere consolation.

Full match report »

Friday: Sydney FC 0-0 Brisbane Roar

Sydney FC have played out a 0-0 draw with Brisbane Roar as both sides struggled to produce chances in front of goal in the stalemate.

Graham Arnold made two alterations to the side that defeated the Mariners last week with Milos Ninkovic coming in for Chris Naumoff on the left wing and Mickael Tavares replacing Milos Dimitrijevic in midfield.

Full match report »

Saturday: Newcastle Jets 1-2 Western Sydney Wanderers

Western Sydney turned the tables on the Newcastle Jets this afternoon with a come from 2-1 come from behind win after the home side took a controversial lead in the second half.

The Western Sydney Wanderers have proved that a week is a long time in football, with the side jumping from last to seventh following their second consecutive win.

Full match report »

Sunday: Central Coast Mariners 1-1 Wellington Phoenix

Central Coast Mariners and Wellington Phoenix produced a 1-1 draw in a wet encounter on Sunday afternoon at Central Coast Stadium.

The Phoenix opened their account through former Mariner Michael McGlinchey, who celebrated his 150th A-League appearance, while Irish striker Roy O’Donovan equalised for the hosts in the second half.

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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