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Round Recap – Week 12

RoundRecapRound 12 saw the top two teams in the A-League create a small gap between themselves and the rest of the pack, with Western Sydney seeing off the Jets on Christmas Eve, and Brisbane Roar dispatching Melbourne City 3-1 on Sunday. The Wanderers now sit first on 26 points, the Roar are second on 24, and then there’s a four point gap to City and Sydney on 20.

Elsewhere over the Christmas break, Adelaide comfortably beat Wellington 3-0, Melbourne Victory played out a 1-1 draw with Perth at AAMI Park, and Sydney FC smacked the Mariners 4-1 at home on Boxing Day.

Goal of the week

A special mention to Henrique for his under pressure goal from the half line into an empty net – often those chances drift wide of the goal, but the diminutive Brazilian didn’t overhit his effort and was justly rewarded.

However, our Goal of the Week for round 12 goes to the Wanderers’ Mark Bridge. With very little room to move, Bridge pivoted, created a pocket of space and dispatched the ball into the bottom corner past Mark Birighitti. It may not have been a ‘spectacular’ goal in the conventional sense, but it was one that required a large amount of skill to execute.

Moment of the week

We’re all used to seeing the formality of a coin toss before a match, with the two captains and the referee gathering to decide who will start with the ball in the first half, and in which direction each team will play. But have we ever seen a coin substituted for a Christmas cracker? No. No we have not. That is, until Saturday night at Allianz Stadium…


Player of the Season

Mitch Nichols still leads the way on 18 votes this season, with the Melbourne City pair of Aaron Mooy and Bruno Fornaroli behind him on 14 and 13 votes respectively. Brandon Borrello was the big mover this week, as his 2 votes against City saw him break back into the top 10:

Thursday: Western Sydney Wanderers 2-0 Newcastle Jets

Christmas dinner will taste that much sweeter in Western Sydney tomorrow, after the Wanderers defeated the visiting Newcastle Jets 2-0 at Pirtek Stadium.

Goals to Alberto Aguilar and Mark Bridge sealed the three points for the home side, with Western Sydney now on a run of nine matches unbeaten, and enjoying a five point buffer at the top of the A-League table.

Full match report »

Saturday: Adelaide United 3-0 Wellington Phoenix

A red card to Albert Riera provided the turning point in a close contest on Boxing Day, with Adelaide running away to a 3-0 win over ten-man Wellington Phoenix.

In front of 11,655 fans at Coopers Stadium, a first-half own goal to Manny Muscat separated the two teams, before goals to Craig Goodwin and Michael Marrone ensured the Reds walked away with all three points.

Full match report »

Saturday: Sydney FC 4-1 Central Coast Mariners

Sydney FC have consolidated 4th spot on the A-League ladder with a 4-1 victory over the Central Coast Mariners on Saturday night.

Goals to Alex Brosque (2), Mickael Tavares and an own goal off the boot of Jake McGing were more than enough for the Sky Blues to inflict further pain upon an already struggling Mariners outfit.

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Sunday: Melbourne Victory 1-1 Perth Glory

Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory shared the spoils after a 1-1 result in their clash at AAMI Park on Sunday afternoon.

Both goals were converted penalties, with Besart Berisha converting his spot kick in the first half, while Diego Castro put his penalty past Victory goalkeeper Danny Vukovic in the second half.

Full match report »

Sunday: Brisbane Roar 3-1 Melbourne City

Brisbane Roar has kept the pressure on Western Sydney Wanderers at the top of the table after halting Melbourne City’s winning streak with a 3-1 win at Suncorp Stadium.

Patrick Kisnorbo turned in Shane Stefanutto’s cross for an own goal, before Brandon Borrello doubled the host’s lead just before the half-time break.

Full match report »

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