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Round Recap – Week 18

RoundRecapRound 18 provided plenty of highlights, a few (off-field) lowlights, and ensured that we’re still no closer to knowing the makeup of the top 6 in the A-League this season.

On Friday, Adelaide’s winning run was halted by Sydney FC in an entertaining 2-2 draw. Then, on Saturday, Brisbane smashed the Mariners 4-0 at home to continue their resurgence of the past few weeks.

Elsewhere, the Jets downed City 2-1 and the Glory edged past the Phoenix 1-0 on Sunday, whilst in the Game of the Round, Melbourne Victory held on for dear life in the second half to leave Etihad Stadium with a share of the points against Western Sydney.

Monday Roundup

You can now listen to a weekly round-up of the A-League action, with special guests, awards, clips and much more on the Ultimate A-League Podcast’s “Monday Roundup”:

Goal of the week

There were a bunch of quality strikes in round 18, but in the end it came down to two, so a special mention must go out to Brisbane Roar’s Corona for his first-time drive into the bottom corner against the Mariners.

However, due to it being the 89th minute with his side down 1-0, the award has to go to Brendon Santalab who, once again, popped up with a late salvo to rescue point(s) for the Wanderers:

Moment of the week

It was the talking point to come out of Saturday night’s Victory/Wanderers clash, but it was nothing to do with what happened on the pitch. Wanderers fans let off consecutive flares and detonators in the away end, causing the pitch to become engulfed in smoke and forcing referee Ben Williams to halt play.

Once play resumed, the Victory scored in the smoky conditions at the Northern end of Etihad Stadium. Hmmm…

Player of the Season

Jamie Maclaren jumped up our leaderboard with a quality performance in the 4-0 win over the Mariners on Saturday. Elsewhere, though, there weren’t too many changes to our top 10, with Mitch Nichols still leading the way:

Our #ALeague Player of the Season standings after week 18

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Friday: Adelaide United 2-2 Sydney FC

Sydney FC have held Adelaide United to a 2-2 draw in front of 11,785 fans at Coopers Stadium on Friday night.

All of the goals came in the first period with Sergio Cirio claiming a brace with strikes in the 2nd and the 45th minute, whilst Matt Simon and Filip Holosko both found the back of the net for the Sky Blues towards the latter stages of the first half.

Full match report »

Saturday: Brisbane Roar 4-0 Central Coast Mariners

Brisbane Roar have inflicted a substantial 4-0 thumping on the Central Coast Mariners on Saturday afternoon, pushing the Queensland club back into first place and extending their undefeated run over the Mariners to six games.

Goals to Jade North, Jamie Maclaren, Corona and Henrique sealed a simple win for Brisbane, who seem to have returned to the winning ways they were enjoying before several key players departed for Olyroos duties over a month ago.

Full match report »

Saturday: Melbourne Victory 1-1 Western Sydney Wanderers

Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney Wanderers shared the spoils 1-1 in a highly entertaining clash on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium.

The home team found the scoresheet early on through Besart Berisha, while the away team equalised late in the match courtesy of a fantastic goal by Brendan Santalab.

Full match report »

Sunday: Wellington Phoenix 0-1 Perth Glory

Perth Glory has made it three wins in a row after Chris Harold’s first half header was enough to secure a 1-0 win at Westpac Stadium against Wellington Phoenix.

Andrew Durante returned from suspension for Wellington as Manny Muscat moved into midfield in place of the suspended Albert Riera.

Full match report »

Sunday: Newcastle Jets 2-1 Melbourne City

Newcastle have downed Melbourne City 2-1 today in the A-League, with Milos Trifunovic scoring both for the home side in an important home win for Scott Miller’s men.

Newcastle were much improved last week in Adelaide, but despite that still went down 1-0 to the in-form Reds.

Full match report »

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