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Round Recap – Week 23

RoundRecapIt had to happen eventually, but Adelaide United’s 14 game winning streak finally came to an end in round 23 at the hands of Melbourne City.

That allowed City to pull within a point of the Reds on the A-League ladder, whilst Brisbane jumped up into first thanks to a 5-0 thumping of the Victory.

Perth Glory continued their march up the table with a 4-0 demolition of the Mariners and, after Sydney went down to the Phoenix 3-1 earlier that day, the Glory now sit 4 points (plus goal difference) inside the top 6.

Then, finally, on Sunday, the Wanderers joined Brisbane at the top of the A-League ladder with a 1-0 win over the Newcastle Jets.

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

Given his previous shooting history at Coopers Stadium, Nick Fitzgerald’s winning goal on Friday night for Melbourne City was a wonder to behold. Not only was the lead-up play by Aaron Mooy fantastic, Fitzgerald’s ability to combine control and power to sneak the ball under the crossbar at the back post was fantastic too:

Moment of the week

Sure, it took a big deflection, but Brisbane’s Corey Brown wouldn’t have cared, as he finally found the back of the net after 45 scoreless A-League games. Not only that, his goal was the third in a comprehensive smacking of last season’s A-League champions Melbourne Victory. It was certainly a night to savour, for Roar fans and players alike:

Player of the Season

Well, with just 4 rounds remaining, it’s reached that point of the season where we cease giving weekly updates on our Player of the Season count. So, until the end of round 27, you’ll just have to take a guess about who you think is leading the way:

Friday: Adelaide United 0-1 Melbourne City

Melbourne City have defeated Adelaide United 1-0 on Friday night at Coopers Stadium.

Nick Fitzgerald scored the sole goal for the match, which ended Adelaide United’s 14 game undefeated streak.

Full match report »

Saturday: Sydney FC 1-3 Wellington Phoenix

Wellington Phoenix have won 3-1 against a lacklustre Sydney FC side at Allianz Stadium.

A dominant first-half display from the visitors saw goals come from Blake Powell, Hamish Watson and Roly Bonevacia. Sydney’s lone goal came in the second half from Filip Holosko.

Full match report »

Saturday: Brisbane Roar 5-0 Melbourne Victory

Melbourne Victory has been resigned to its equal biggest loss after being demolished 5-0 by Brisbane Roar.

Jamie Maclaren scored a hat-trick while goals from Corey Brown and Corona made for an emphatic scoreline as Brisbane jumped to the top of the table following Adelaide United’s loss last night.

Full match report »

Saturday: Perth Glory 4-0 Central Coast Mariners

Perth Glory have trounced a disappointing Central Coast Mariners 4-0 tonight at nib Stadium, with the Mariners reduced to nine men in the second-half thanks to the sendings-off of Luis Garcia and Mitch Austin.

The Mariners racked up six yellow cards and two red cards in the contest, while the Glory registered no bookings for the entire match. Conversely, Perth found the back of the net four times, through Diego Castro, Chris Harold and twice via Andy Keogh.

Full match report »

Sunday: Newcastle Jets 0-1 Western Sydney Wanderers

Western Sydney have jumped back into 2nd position on the A-League table, following a 1-0 win over Newcastle Jets on Sunday afternoon.

A first-half goal to Jaushua Sotirio was the difference between the sides, with the Jets’ slim finals chances all but extinguished as a consequence of the result.

Full match report »

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avatarJustin is a passionate football fan, and the Editor-in-chief of Ultimate A-League.

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