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Round Recap – Week 14

RoundRecapIt was a high intensity week of A-League football in round 14, starting with a huge comeback from the Victory to claw back the Mariners to a 3-3 draw on Friday, followed by Melbourne City’s late winner over the Wanderers in a 3-2 classic at AAMI Park.

Elsewhere, Sydney FC downed the Jets 2-0 at ANZ Stadium, and Adelaide United held on to beat ten-man Perth Glory 3-1.

Finally, on Sunday evening at Westpac Stadium, the Phoenix and Roar held each other to a 0-0 draw.

Goal of the week

The goal goes down in the record books as being scored by Sergio Cirio, but it was honestly one of the best team goals we’ve ever seen in the A-League – Carrusca, Djite and Cirio combining in a wonderful display of sharp, one-time passing culminating in a smart finish by Cirio to get the Reds back on level terms against the Glory. So, without further ado, please enjoy…

Moment of the week

Should it have stood? Would the referee have disadvantaged Melbourne City if it had stood? There were a lot of questions flying around after Jarred Gillett ruled out a seemingly fair goal in Saturday night’s Wanderers/City clash at AAMI Park. Despite blowing the whistle for play to restart, Gillett blew it almost immediately after to call the ball back. Why? Well, who really knows…

Player of the Season

We had a few players join the pack on 10 votes this week, but the leaders made little headway. In fact, only one of our top 10 ranked players after round 13 polled votes in round 14:

Our #ALeague Player of the Season standings after week 14

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Friday: Central Coast Mariners 3-3 Melbourne Victory

Melbourne Victory and Central Coast played out a thrilling 3-3 draw on Friday night in front of over 14,000 fans in Geelong.

In just the 2nd A-League game to have been played at Simonds Stadium in the competition’s history, the Mariners (the nominative home team for the clash) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first half, before they were clawed back bit-by-bit in the second stanza.

Full match report »

Saturday: Sydney FC 2-0 Newcastle Jets

Sydney FC have defeated the Jets 2-0 to jump into 3rd position on the A-League table, after a clinical display against an admittedly poor Newcastle outfit.

In what was the first A-League game held at ANZ Stadium since a Del Piero-led Sydney defeated Perth Glory 2-1 in October 2012, goals to Filip Holosko and the returning Ali Abbas were enough to secure the three points for the home side.

Full match report »

Saturday: Melbourne City 3-2 Western Sydney Wanderers

Melbourne City has defeated the Western Sydney Wanderers 3-2 in a highly entertaining encounter at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

Harry Novillo scored a double for the hosts and Bruno Fornaroli continued his healthy season with another goal. Mitch Nichols scored one for the visitors, while Aaron Hughes provided an own goal for the team in red and black.

Full match report »

Saturday: Perth Glory 1-3 Adelaide United

Adelaide United have held off a determined, ten-man Glory side to register a 3-1 win and jump into the A-League top six.

A goal to Sergio Cirio canceled out an early own goal from Tarek Elrich, before a red card to Alex Grant opened the door for the Reds to add two second-half goals, via Marcelo Carrusca and Craig Goodwin.

Full match report »

Sunday: Wellington Phoenix 0-0 Brisbane Roar

A resolute Wellington Phoenix outfit has held league leader Brisbane Roar scoreless as the sides played out a 0-0 draw at Westpac Stadium.

The draw means Brisbane are now a point clear on top of the table while Wellington Phoenix drop down to 7th following Adelaide’s win against Perth last night.

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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