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Round Recap – Week 21

RoundRecapA win to Western Sydney and a loss to Brisbane Roar sees the Wanderers establish a crucial two point advantage on the A-League ladder after round 21. Western Sydney saw off Perth Glory 2-1 on Friday night, before Brisbane Roar suffered another substantial loss as they went down 3-0 to the in-form Adelaide United.

In the first game of the week, Wellington shocked Melbourne City 2-1 in windy conditions in the New Zealand capital on Friday night, and on Saturday night, Melbourne Victory could only manage a 1-1 draw with ten-man Sydney FC at AAMI Park.

Finally, in Sunday’s F3 Derby, Newcastle broke their long run of winless games on the Central Coast, downing the Mariners 1-0.

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

Romeo Castelen’s 62nd minute goal against Perth on Friday came against the run of play, and couldn’t have been of higher importance. But it wasn’t just the importance that ‘wowed’ us, it was the classy touch back onto his right boot before smashing the ball past Ante Covic at the far post:

Moment of the week

The conditions couldn’t have been more challenging for Phoenix and City players on Friday night at Westpac Stadium. The wind was blowing so hard across the Cake Tin that goal kicks were reversing direction, and balls had to almost be held in place so they wouldn’t blow away on free kicks.

But the conditions were obviously suited to those of the avian variety, with a duck deciding the 51st minute of the match was a great time for a stroll across the Westpac pitch:

Player of the Season

Well, it finally happened – we have a new leader in our Player of the Season count. Aaron Mooy’s performance against Wellington on Friday saw him leapfrog Mitch Nichols and establish a 2 vote lead on the Wanderers midfielder:

Our #ALeague Player of the Season standings after week 21. And we have a new leader – @aaronmooy!

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Friday: Wellington Phoenix 2-1 Melbourne City

Melbourne City has spurned a chance to start the weekend on top of the table after losing to Wellington Phoenix 2-1.

In windy conditions at Westpac Stadium, City was unable to make the most of its dominance in the second half after conceding two early goals. The three points are vital to Phoenix as it now has a healthy gap between themselves and bottom of the table Central Coast Mariners.

Full match report »

Friday: Western Sydney Wanderers 2-1 Perth Glory

Western Sydney Wanderers defeated Perth Glory 2-1 on Friday night at Pirtek Stadium.

Romeo Castelen and Brendon Santalab got on the scoresheet for the hosts, while Andy Keogh converted a penalty for the visitors.

Full match report »

Saturday: Adelaide United 3-0 Brisbane Roar

Adelaide United jump into second spot on the ladder as they comfortably defeated Brisbane Roar 3-0 in front of 12,712 fans at Coopers Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Reds’ first goal arrived in the 38th minute through Bruce Kamau. The young winger then played a part in his side’s second goal as Bruce Djite scored in the 50th minute. Spanish ‘super-sub’ Pablo Sanchez capped off the excellent performance with a third in the 81st minute.

Full match report »

Saturday: Melbourne Victory 1-1 Sydney FC

Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC have played out a fierce and entertaining 1-1 draw tonight at AAMI Park, in front of over 20,000 spectators.

Goals each way to Kosta Barbarouses and David Carney do little to aid either side in their quest for the Premier’s Plate, with both sides now on 30 points and a full 8 points behind leaders Western Sydney.

Full match report »

Sunday: Central Coast Mariners 0-1 Newcastle Jets

Newcastle have downed the Central Coast Mariners 1-0 today at Central Coast Stadium, the first win for the Jets in Gosford since January 12th, 2008.

A second-half goal to Steven Ugarkovic was the difference, as neither side were able to get into top gear in what was, largely, a poor match.

Full match report »

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