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Round Recap – Week 13

RoundRecapRound 13 started back on New Year’s Eve, with the Mariners recording their first win since round 1 in a 3-1 victory over the Wellington Phoenix.

Then, on New Year’s Day, Western Sydney stumbled at home with a 0-0 draw against Adelaide. Brisbane took full advantage of that stumble, as they defeated Perth Glory 2-1 to jump into first place on the A-League table.

Elsewhere, Melbourne Victory broke their Hunter hoodoo with a 1-0 win over the Jets, and Melbourne City and Sydney FC played out the Game of the Round with a 2-2 draw at a heaving AAMI Park.

Goal of the week

Honourable mentions this week to Bruno Fornaroli and Fahid Ben Khalfallah, for finishing off two well constructed team goals with classy finishes.

But for the sheer audacity of placing a first-time shot across the body and into the far corner with your first touch of the ball, Perth substitute Hagi Gligor takes the cake this week:

Moment of the week

It’s hard to go past one of the uglier incidents we’ve seen in the A-League in some time for our Moment of the Week. An errant forearm from Manny Muscat struck Roy O’Donovan in the New Year’s Eve clash in Gosford, but it was the follow up, Zidane-esque headbutt from O’Donovan that has the A-League world talking.

Suspensions are surely on the cards for both players, but we have a feeling it will be O’Donovan who will be spending the longer stint on the sidelines:

Player of the Season

Only Bruno Fornaroli (1 vote vs Sydney) made any move inside or into our top 10 this week, meaning that the leaderboard looks almost identical to how it did at the end of round 12:

Our #ALeague Player of the Season standings after week 13. Not much change to our top 10 this round.

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Thursday: Central Coast Mariners 3-1 Wellington Phoenix

The Central Coast Mariners have ended their poor year on a high, after they defeated the Wellington Phoenix 3-1 on New Years Eve at Central Coast Stadium.

Fabio Ferreira, Mitch Austin and Michael Neill scored for the hosts, while Blake Powell provided the sole goal for the visitors.

Full match report »

Friday: Western Sydney Wanderers 0-0 Adelaide United

On a warm Friday night at Pirtek Stadium, the Wanderers and Adelaide United shared the points in front of a strong crowd of 16,372.

In what was an exhilarating start to the game, there were chances aplenty at either end of the pitch with both keepers under threat.

Full match report »

Saturday: Brisbane Roar 2-1 Perth Glory

Brisbane Roar jumped into first place on the A-League table after recording a 2-1 win over Perth Glory on Saturday night.

On a recently re-laid yet somewhat uneven Suncorp Stadium surface, the Roar pushed out to a 2-0 lead through second-half goals from Jamie Maclaren and Henrique, before Perth’s Hagi Gligor pulled a goal back for the visitors.

Full match report »

Saturday: Melbourne City 2-2 Sydney FC

Melbourne City and Sydney FC have played out a thrilling, see-sawing 2-2 draw on Saturday night, in front of over 10,000 fans at AAMI Park.

A double to Sydney’s Milos Ninkovic was canceled out by goals to City defender Aaron Hughes and in-form striker Bruno Fornaroli.

Full match report »

Sunday: Newcastle Jets 0-1 Melbourne Victory

Melbourne Victory has broken a 6 year curse, triumphing over Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium for the first time since October 2009.

Fahid Ben Khalfallah’s goal in the 70th minute was enough for the visitors to claim the win with a 1-0 scoreline.

Full match report »

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