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Round Recap – Week 19

RoundRecapThere was plenty to talk about after a pulsating round 19 of the A-League, and not just off the field. Yes, despite all the anti-flare talk and rhetoric during the week, we still had flares at the Melbourne Derby.

But, conversely, we had some cracking matches to enjoy. Brisbane and Newcastle played out a to-and-fro 2-2 draw on Friday, before Perth shocked Sydney FC 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.

Then, in the Derby, City and Victory drew in controversial circumstances, before Wellington (and Blake Powell) destroyed the Wanderers 5-2 on Sunday. Finally, Adelaide edged out the Mariners 3-2 in Gosford to jump into third place on the ladder.

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

Up until Sunday’s games, Bruno Fornaroli probably had this award in the bag, courtesy of his outrageous ‘rabona’ and sublime finish to put his side ahead in the Melbourne derby. Then, Mitch Nichols popped up to drive an absolute thunderbolt into the top corner of Glen Moss’ net, in the Wanderers 5-2 loss to the Phoenix. Pick that one out!

Moment of the week

There was one thing on every A-League fans’ lips on Sunday morning – how was it not given? The “it” we’re referring to is the ghost goal scored by Gui Finkler, which was shown on replay to have clearly (and substantially) crossed the line after coming down off the crossbar. The problem was, neither the referee or the assistant were in any position to make a call one way or the other, and so it wasn’t given. Cue pandemonium at AAMI Park:

Player of the Season

Bruno Fornaroli took a big stride toward our leader Mitch Nichols this week, after Nichols failed to poll votes and Fornaroli put in a best-on-field performance in the Melbourne Derby:

Our #ALeague Player of the Season standings after week 19. Bruno Fornaroli edging ever closer to the top…

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Friday: Brisbane Roar 2-2 Newcastle Jets

Despite dominating the contest, Brisbane Roar were unable to completely break down a stubborn Newcastle Jets, with early goals to the visitors enough to lock-up a 2-2 draw at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

The Jets held a 2-1 lead at half time, but an own goal in the 69th minute ensured both sides would walk away with a share of the points.

Full match report »

Saturday: Sydney FC 1-2 Perth Glory

Perth Glory continued their fine form after claiming an impressive 2-1 win over Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium.

The Glory opened the scoring in the 23rd minute after Andy Keogh capitalized on a goalkeeping blunder from Janjetovic. Chris Harold dispatched Perth’s second in the 65th minute whilst Shane Smeltz claimed Sydney’s lone goal in the 79th minute.

Full match report »

Saturday: Melbourne City 2-2 Melbourne Victory

Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory shared the spoils in an entertaining 2-2 draw on Saturday night at AAMI Park.

Bruno Fornaroli scored a double for City, while Fahid Ben Khalfallah and Guilherme Finkler made the scoresheet for the Victory.

Full match report »

Sunday: Western Sydney Wanderers 2-5 Wellington Phoenix

Wellington Phoenix have bounced back from a tumultuous few months on the pitch with a comprehensive 5-2 victory over Western Sydney today.

Four goals to Blake Powell — including a first-half hat-trick — put the Phoenix in the box seat in a highly attacking and entertaining game. Michael McGlinchey added the fifth for the ‘Nix from the penalty spot late in the game, whilst Mark Bridge and Mitch Nichols scored for the home side.

Full match report »

Sunday: Central Coast Mariners 2-3 Adelaide United

Adelaide United has climbed up to third spot on the table and extended its undefeated streak to 11 after defeating Central Coast Mariners 3-2. Central Coast had the lead at the break but three goals from the Reds were enough to take the points before Josh Bingham scored a consolation goal with the last kick of the game.

Having starred as a substitute in his first two appearances, Luis Garcia made his first start for the Mariners in place of Josh Bingham. Mitch Austin also started as Matthew Fletcher was out of the squad altogether.

Full match report »

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