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Round Recap – Week 16

RoundRecapRound 16 had plenty of twists and turns, and a blowout or two as well. Perth Glory registered their biggest ever winning margin in the A-League when they embarassed Newcastle 6-1 at Hunter Stadium on Saturday. Brisbane, too, went down heavily for the second week running, with in-form Adelaide United putting four more past the Roar.

Elsewhere, Central Coast fought hard but ultimately were beaten 2-1 by the Wanderers, and Melbourne City saw off the Phoenix 3-1 in an impressive display at AAMI Park on Monday. Then, on Australia Day, an own goal helped the Victory to a 1-0 win over Sydney FC to jump up to 4th on the A-League table.

Goal(s) of the week

There were two goals that were far and away the best this week, and choosing between them is no easy task. One took a special piece of “individual brilliance”, whilst the other involved two players and a metric ton of pure skill. So rather than choose one over the other, here are two of the more spectacular goals you’ll see this season in the A-League:

Moment of the week

Much of the talk in the lead-up to round 16 was about the Mariners’ new marquee signing, Luis Garcia. Questions were being thrown around regarding his fitness and commitment to the cause, but most of that was put to bed in his half hour on the pitch on Saturday night. Two sublime through balls were the clear highlights, one of which set up the Mariners for the equalising goal:

Player of the Season

Two Melbourne City stars, Bruno Fornaroli and Harry Novillo, made great strides toward catching our leader, but Mitch Nichols — despite not having polled a vote since round 10 — still has a two vote margin to work with:

Our #ALeague Player of the Season standings after week 16. The chasers made ground on our leader this week!

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Friday: Brisbane Roar 1-4 Adelaide United

Adelaide United has continued its undefeated streak, thumping league leader Brisbane Roar 4-1 on home soil on Friday night.

The result means Brisbane has managed just one point out of a possible nine in the last three weeks. Western  Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC will both be licking their lips at the chance to take top spot at the end of the round.

Full match report »

Saturday: Central Coast Mariners 1-2 Western Sydney Wanderers

Western Sydney Wanderers have defeated Central Coast Mariners 2-1 on Saturday night in Gosford.

Mark Bridge and a late goal by Brendon Santalab were enough for the visitors, while Fabio Ferreira scored the sole goal for the hosts, who went down to ten men following a red card to their captain Nick Montgomery.

Full match report »

Sunday: Newcastle Jets 1-6 Perth Glory

Perth Glory set their own club record for the highest winning margin in an A-League game, trouncing a ten-man Newcastle Jets 6-1 on Sunday afternoon in front of 9,403 fans at Hunter Stadium.

After going behind 2-1, Jets captain Nigel Boogaard was sent off shortly before half time, opening the game up for the likes of Chris Harold, Diego Castro and Alex Grant to fire in second-half goals.

Full match report »

Monday: Melbourne City 3-1 Wellington Phoenix

In an entertaining Australia Day Eve clash, Melbourne City ran out 3-1 winners against the Wellington Phoenix.

City’s new recruit Anthony Caceres replaced Paulo Retre in the starting 11, in the midst of the controversial circumstances of a possible loophole the City Football Group exploited to obtain his services.

Full match report »

Tuesday: Melbourne Victory 1-0 Sydney FC

Melbourne Victory have secured a 1-0 triumph over Sydney FC in the Australia Day Big Blue clash in front of just over 30,000 fans at Etihad Stadium.

The games only goal came from an own goal in the 79th minute by Sydney FC defender Matt Jurman who unintentionally turned home a cross from Jess Makarounas.

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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