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Round Recap – Week 20

RoundRecapThere’s hardly a need for scrapping the offside rule and making the goals bigger in the A-League, after another 22 goals were banged in a crazy, yet entertaining, round 20.

Adelaide started the week off with a last-gasp win over Melbourne Victory on the road, before Newcastle overcame a spirited Wellington Phoenix on Saturday afternoon.

In the Sydney derby, a first-half goal each way ensured a 1-1 draw, before Perth Glory smashed six past the Roar in a ridiculous 6-3 result late on Saturday.

Then, on Sunday, Melbourne City edged closer to ensuring a finals berth with a 4-1 win over Central Coast, in a game that will probably be remembered for all the wrong reasons.

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

A special mention to Dario Vidosic for his sublime header in the Sydney derby, but our Goal of the Week this week requries us to rewind to the previous contest, where Danish striker Morten “Nobby” Nordstrand pocketed his first goal of the game with an absolute peach of a strike. Pick that one out!

Moment of the week

If you want a surefire way to instigate a melee, flicking the ball up into the face of an opposition player in an already-heated Derby match is probably at the top of the list. And that’s exactly what Liam Reddy did to former teammate Matthew Jurman, causing emotion to spill over inside the six-yard box at the Wanderers end. We’d be shaking our heads if it weren’t so damn funny:

Player of the Season

Aaron Mooy and Diego Castro edged closer to our leader Mitch Nichols this week, thanks to Man of the Match performances in their respective games. So, after twenty rounds, it really couldn’t get much closer at the top:

Friday: Melbourne Victory 0-1 Adelaide United

Adelaide United have continued their sparkling form by claiming a 1-0 triumph over Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park.

The game’s only goal came in the 90th minute after Scott Galloway inadvertently sent the ball into his own net as Adelaide secured their first win against the Victory in Melbourne in over five years.

Full match report »

Saturday: Newcastle Jets 3-2 Wellington Phoenix

Newcastle Jets defeated Wellington Phoenix 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at Hunter Stadium.

Morten Nordstrand scored a double for the hosts, while an Andrew Durante own goal added to Newcastle’s goal tally. Hamish Watson scored a double for the away side, before receiving his marching orders for a second yellow card.

Full match report »

Saturday: Sydney FC 1-1 Western Sydney Wanderers

Honours ended even in the Sydney Derby as Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers played out a 1-1 draw in front of 40,382 fans at Allianz Stadium. The point sees the Wanderers move to equal first at the top of the ladder while Sydney has ensured it will remain in the top six at the end of the round.

A poor run of results saw an array of changes in Graham Arnold’s line-up, including a change in formation. Matt Simon replaced George Blackwood up front alongside Alex Brosque. Meanwhile Brandon O’Neill and Filip Holosko started in midfield in place of Mickael Tavares amd Milos Dimitrijevic.

Full match report »

Saturday: Perth Glory 6-3 Brisbane Roar

Perth Glory put six past the Brisbane Roar on Saturday night, as nine goals found the back of the net at nib Stadium.

A thoroughly-entertained crowd of 12,156 were on hand to witness the 6-3 result, as Perth made it five wins on the trot for the first time in the A-League era.

Full match report »

Sunday: Melbourne City 4-1 Central Coast Mariners

Melbourne City have consolidated fourth place on the A-League table this afternoon with a 3-1 win over the Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park.

Goals to Patrick Kisnorbo, Aaron Mooy and Ben Garuccio were more than enough to offset Mitch Austin’s first-half goal for the Mariners, with the game almost completely overshadowed by a shocking leg injury to Central Coast full back Storm Roux.

Full match report »

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