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Round Recap – Week 24

RoundRecapWith just three rounds left in the regular season, we’re no closer to knowing who will take out the A-League Premier’s Plate.

In Round 24, Adelaide and Western Sydney canceled each other out to the tune of a 0-0 draw, pushing Western Sydney past Melbourne City and into first. City had earlier beaten Brisbane Roar 3-1 on Friday night, pushing them temporarily to the top of the pile.

On Saturday afternoon, the Mariners left it late to recover from 2-0 down to rescue a point against Sydney FC. Then, on Sunday, Perth downed the Phoenix in Wellington, before Melbourne Victory faltered at home against the Jets, managing just a 1-1 draw despite playing most of the game against ten men.

Goal of the week

There was a glut of stunning goals scored in the A-League in round 24, making this award ever so difficult to judge. A special mention to both George Blackwood and Tom Doyle for their sumptuous goals, but our Goal of the Week for round 24 has to go to Dimitri Petratos’ thumping, left-footed off-balance volley on Friday night.

Moment of the week

At 2-0 up in the 86th minute, many would forgive Sydney for thinking they had the game won against the Mariners on Saturday. Enter Roy O’Donovan and Harry Ascroft, who fired home late goals to stun the Sky Blues fans in attendance at the Central Coast Stadium. What makes it worse for Sydney is that with Victory only managing a draw on Sunday, the Sky Blues could’ve been significantly closer to 6th spot if they’d just managed to hold on.

Player of the Season

With just 3 rounds remaining, we’re at 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: Melbourne City 3-1 Brisbane Roar

Melbourne City has jumped from fourth to first on the ladder after defeating Brisbane Roar 3-1 at AAMI Park. Brisbane had taken the lead in the first half but three goals in the second half, including two in the last ten minutes, saw City take the three points.

Brisbane played the majority of the second half with ten men after Jack Hingert was sent off after bringing down Bruno Fornaroli in the box before the first goal was scored from the spot. Two former Mariners in Anthony Caceres and Nick Fitzgerald then sealed the result late for City.

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Saturday: Central Coast Mariners 2-2 Sydney FC

Central Coast have scored two late goals to secure a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Sydney FC tonight, further damaging the visitors’ chances of qualifying for the A-League Finals Series.

The Mariners would have been hoping to put a six game losing streak to an end against a misfiring Sydney FC who, themselves, were dealing with an eight game winless streak in the league.

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Saturday: Western Sydney Wanderers 0-0 Adelaide United

Western Sydney and Adelaide United have held each other scoreless on Saturday night, with a 0-0 draw enough for the Wanderers to return to the top of the A-League table.

Tony Popovic elected to make no changes to the squad that snuck past Newcastle 1-0 at Hunter Stadium in round 23, with the team remaining injury and suspension free.

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Sunday: Wellington Phoenix 1-2 Perth Glory

Perth Glory have come one step closer to securing their place in the finals after claiming a 2-1 victory over Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium.

Perth scored a goal in each half with Andy Keogh scoring in the 36th minute, while Diego Castro secured the three points with a goal in the 74th minute. The Phoenix’s Tom Doyle grabbed a late goal for his side in the final stages of the game.

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Sunday: Melbourne Victory 1-1 Newcastle Jets

Melbourne Victory have been held to a 1-1 draw at home by a ten-man Newcastle Jets outfit on Sunday, with a first-half goal to Ryan Kitto canceled out by Besart Berisha’s 57th minute strike.

Victory were reeling after a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Brisbane last weekend, but somewhat made up for it with a point at home against Suwon Bluewings in the Champions League.

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