Round Recap – Week 25
There’s just two rounds left until finals, but still we’re no closer to knowing which team will lift the Premier’s Plate after round 27.
Western Sydney faltered on Good Friday against the Victory, and Brisbane capitalised with a last gasp win against Sydney FC on Saturday.
Adelaide United followed suit on Sunday, defeating the lowly Mariners 4-2 at home, whilst Perth kept pace with an important 2-1 away win over Newcastle.
Then, on Easter Monday, Melbourne City downed the Phoenix 3-0, which pushed City into top spot on the A-League ladder at the end of the round for the first time in the club’s history.
Goal of the week
It may have been nothing more than a consolation goal in the grander scheme of things, but Roy O’Donovan’s second goal against Adelaide on Sunday was a sight to behold. From a Josh Rose long ball, the Irish striker chested the ball down before striking on the volley into the top corner past a stunned Eugene Galekovic. To be fair, that description doesn’t even do it justice, so please enjoy:
Moment of the week
Melbourne Victory may have beaten Western Sydney 2-0 on Friday night, but it could’ve been a vastly different result if referee Strebre Delovski had (justifiably) given Victory defender Daniel Georgievski his marching orders in the first half for a horrible “tackle” on Mitch Nichols. How Georgievski was only given a yellow card, we’ll never know:
Player of the Season
With just 2 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 Victory 2-0 Western Sydney Wanderers
Melbourne Victory have defeated the Western Sydney Wanderers 2-0 at AAMI Park in front of 20,097 fans.
Victory midfielder Oliver Bozanic secured the points for his side with goals in the 3rd and 66th minute.
Saturday: Newcastle Jets 1-2 Perth Glory
Perth Glory has all but secured a finals berth after beating Newcastle Jets 2-1 in front of 7,569 at Hunter Stadium. Krisztian Vadocz scored the first goal for Perth before each side had a red card and penalty given late in the game.
Despite Daniel Mullen being sent off last week, Jets were able to nab a point on the round against Melbourne Victory. Ben Kantarovski replaced the suspended defender while Mitch Cooper replaced Enver Alivodic.
Saturday: Brisbane Roar 3-2 Sydney FC
Brisbane Roar defeated Sydney FC 3-2 at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.
Dimitri Petratos, Jamie Maclaren and Henrique scored for the Roar, while Filip Holosko bagged a double for Sydney FC.
Sunday: Adelaide United 4-2 Central Coast Mariners
Adelaide United have jumped up into second place on the A-League table, following a comfortable 4-2 win over the Central Coast Mariners today at Coopers Stadium.
Roy O’Donovan scored twice for the visitors, but goals to Stefan Mauk, Bruce Djite, Isaias and a penalty to Pablo Sanchez were more than enough for the 10,269 fans to celebrate on Easter Sunday.
Monday: Melbourne City 3-0 Wellington Phoenix
Melbourne City have claimed top spot on the ladder after they defeated Wellington Phoenix 3-0 in an Easter Monday clash at AAMI Park.
The home side’s first goal came from Harry Novillo in the 43rd minute, while Bruno Fornaroli claimed the record for the most goals scored in a single season with two strikes in the second half.