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Round Recap – Week 15

RoundRecapThere were some important results for clubs inside the top 6 in round 15, as the finals picture became even more unsettled than it already was.

Melbourne Victory made a statement with a 4-0 thrashing of Brisbane Roar on Friday night, before Adelaide cemented their 6th position with a 3-1 win over the Mariners on Saturday.

Sydney FC’s win in the Derby and Melbourne City’s draw with Perth on Saturday night ensured that the top teams couldn’t break away from the rest of the pack. Then, on Sunday, Newcastle earned their first win since round 4 with a 3-1 win over the struggling Wellington Phoenix.

Goal of the week

For Kosta Barbarouses’ second goal on Friday night, it took three individual pieces of skill to setup. First, debutant Stefan Nigro flicked the ball over Thomas Broich on the turn before laying off for Berisha. Second, it was Gui Finkler’s perfectly weighted cross to find Barbarouses in the penalty area.

Then, finally, the Kiwi international had to execute a perfect header to beat Jamie Young’s diving effort. A brilliant team goal to seal an impressive win for the Victory on Friday:

Moment(s) of the week

It’s not every day you see a missed penalty. Do they get saved occasionally? Sure. But missed? It’s a lot more rare. Well, lightning struck twice on Saturday evening in Adelaide, when both Marcelo Carrusca and Fabio Ferreira missed first-half penalties for their respective teams:

Player of the Season

Aaron Mooy gained some ground on Mitch Nichols, with a 2 vote performance against the Glory on Saturday. Elsewhere, Romeo Castelen and Craig Goodwin made big moves toward the leaders:

Our #ALeague Player of the Season standings after week 15. @aaronmooy made ground on our leader Mitch Nichols this week…

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Friday: Melbourne Victory 4-0 Brisbane Roar

Melbourne Victory returned to their best form after they defeated Brisbane Roar 4-0 at AAMI Park on Friday night.

Fahid Ben Khalfallah and Besart Berisha scored for the home team, while Kosta Barbarouses scored a double.

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Saturday: Adelaide United 3-1 Central Coast Mariners

Adelaide United have seen off a plucky Central Coast Mariners 3-1 on Saturday night, on a patchy surface at Coopers Stadium.

Goals to Craig Goodwin and Pablo Sanchez in the second half bookended a goal to Central Coast’s Fabio Ferreira, who — along with Marcelo Carrusca — missed a first half penalty for his side.

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Saturday: Western Sydney Wanderers 1-2 Sydney FC

Western Sydney Wanderers has spurned a chance to go top of the A-League table, as Shane Smeltz blasted a late winner in front of a record crowd at Pirtek Stadium.

Most of the 19,627 fans were left heartbroken but will go home having witnessed yet another classic Sydney Derby.

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Saturday: Perth Glory 2-2 Melbourne City

Ten-man Perth Glory have held Melbourne City to a 2-2 draw in a back-and-forth contest at nib Stadium on Saturday night.

With 7,021 fans in attendance, goals to Erik Paartalu and Aaron Mooy were offset by strikes from Diego Castro and Chris Harold, all occurring before young defender Jacob Collard was given his marching orders mid-way through the second half.

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Sunday: Newcastle Jets 3-1 Wellington Phoenix

Newcastle have registered their first win since round 4, after defeating the Wellington Phoenix 3-1 in sunny conditions at Hunter Stadium on Sunday.

After going behind 3-0, the Phoenix worked their way back into the contest late in the second-half following Ben Kantarovski’s sending off shortly before the hour mark.

Full match report »

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