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Round Recap – Week 22

RoundRecapWell, we have a new leader in the A-League after round 22, with Adelaide extending their unbeaten streak to 14 games and taking first place on the table from Western Sydney Wanderers, who went down 3-2 in a classic match on Friday night.

Adelaide’s 4-0 win over Wellington on Saturday launched them into first, before Melbourne City kept pace with the top three later that night with a 3-0 win over Sydney FC.

Then, on Sunday, Melbourne Victory defeated Central Coast 2-0 in Gosford, before Perth jumped into sixth place on the ladder with a 2-0 win over the Jets on Monday night.

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(s) of the week

It was the week of the team goal in round 22, with Adelaide United combining for a stunning third at Westpac Stadium (finished off by Bruce Djite), Melbourne Victory opening the scoring in Gosford, with Besart Berisha finishing off a fantastic move by Matthieu Delpierre and Jai Ingham, and Perth Glory’s Diego Castro weaving some magic for Gyorgy Sandor to finish off. So, rather than pick one of the three, we decided to elect all three as our (Team) Goals of the Week:

Moment of the week

Sometimes, you just have to laugh. That was certainly the case on Saturday night when Sergio Cirio made one of the classic ‘park football’ clangers as he attempted to clear the ball out of Adelaide’s defensive area. Rather than set it up for you any further, please just enjoy this video:

Player of the Season

Aaron Mooy still sits top, but teammate Bruno Fornaroli is hot on his heels after a Man of the Match performance on Saturday night. Elsewhere, Diego Castro and Jamie Maclaren also made some ground on the leaders:

Our #ALeague Player of the Season standings after week 22.

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Friday: Brisbane Roar 3-2 Western Sydney Wanderers

Brisbane Roar defeated Western Sydney Wanderers 3-2 in a thrilling encounter on Friday night at Suncorp Stadium.

Jamie Maclaren scored a double for the hosts, while Dimitri Petratos found the winner. Andreu and Romeo Castelen scored the goals for the travelling Wanderers side.

Full match report »

Saturday: Wellington Phoenix 0-4 Adelaide United

Adelaide United have slotted into top place on the ladder following a comprehensive 4-0 victory over the Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium.

Two goals in each half saw the Reds claim the win in an impressive performance with Dylan McGowan, Stefan Mauk, Bruce Djite and Pablo Sanchez all getting themselves on the scoresheet. 

Full match report »

Saturday: Melbourne City 3-0 Sydney FC

It was the Bruno Fornaroli show once again at AAMI Park on Saturday night, with the Uruguayan striker scoring all three of Melbourne City’s goals, as they trounced Sydney FC 3-0 in front of 8,584 fans.

Melbourne City were beaten by the Phoenix 2-1 last week in windy conditions, and John van’t Schip would’ve been hoping that the winds of change would blow through AAMI Park on Saturday. The Dutchman made two changes to his starting side, with Jacob Melling replacing Michael Zullo, and Harry Novillo included for Nick Fitzgerald.

Full match report »

Sunday: Central Coast Mariners 0-2 Melbourne Victory

Melbourne Victory has returned to winning ways with a 2-0 win over 10-man Central Coast Mariners. Besart Berisha gave Victory the early lead before Fahid Ben Khalfallah sealed the result late. Jai Ingham starred for Victory, providing assists for both goals.

Roy O’Donovan returned up front for Central Coast Mariners having served a lengthy suspension for headbutting Manny Muscat in the New Year’s Eve clash against Wellington Phoenix. He replaced Trent Buhagiar while Jake McGing replaced Nick Montgomery and Fabio Ferreira replaced Josh Bingham.

Full match report »

Monday: Perth Glory 2-0 Newcastle Jets

Goals to Andy Keogh and Gyorgy Sandor sealed a comfortable 2-0 win for Perth Glory on Monday night, in front of 11,260 fans on Labour Day in Western Australia.

Perth came into the match off the back of a disappointing 2-1 loss away at Western Sydney; a game that, if they had been a touch more ruthless in front of goal, they should’ve got a result out of.

Full match report »

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