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Round Recap – Week 26

RoundRecapTop spot in the A-League changed hands three times in round 26, as each of the top four teams fought for superiority.

Ultimately, the fate of the Premier’s Plate will come down to the last 5 games of the season, setting up a spectacular round 27 next weekend.

The action began on Friday when the Wanderers saw off the Mariners 4-1, allowing them to take top spot back.

Then, on Saturday, the Victory ended Sydney FC’s season as they downed the Phoenix 4-1 on the road. Later that night, Adelaide United got past Sydney FC 2-0 to jump into top spot themselves.

On Sunday, Brisbane came from behind to beat the Jets, taking top spot off Adelaide. Then, finally, Perth held out a late Melbourne City comeback to win 3-2 at nib Stadium.

Goal of the week

It was the first goal of the week, and the best of the week. Given time and space to sum up his options, Wanderers midfield Romeo Castelen decided on a driving shot into the top corner – and, boy, did he deliver on that!

Moment of the week

At the best of times, it’s hard to know what exactly is going through the mind of Besart Berisha.

On Saturday, we witnessed the best and worst of the Albanian, as he scored the opening goal for the Victory with a cheeky backheel, before being sent off for a kick-out at Phoenix captain Andrew Durante shortly after.

It could be a crucial moment in Victory’s resurgence of late, as his one match ban for the red card may be extended by the Match Review Panel on Monday. We wait with baited breath:

Player of the Season

With just one round remaining, it couldn’t be much tighter in the race for our Player of the Season award. We’re not going to spill the beans just yet, so until the end of round 27, you’ll just have to take a guess about who you think is leading the way:

Friday: Western Sydney Wanderers 4-1 Central Coast Mariners

The Western Sydney Wanderers have defeated the Central Coast Mariners 4-1 taking them to the top of the table in what was their final ever game at Pirtek Stadium.

Romeo Castelen scored the game’s first goal in the 8th minute, with Luis Garcia equalizing in the 21st minute. A brace to Brendan Santalab and a late goal for Mitch Nichols handed Western Sydney the three points.

Full match report »

Saturday: Wellington Phoenix 1-4 Melbourne Victory

This season’s top six has now been decided as Melbourne Victory took the three points home across the Tasman Sea, defeating Wellington Phoenix 4-1. Both sides were reduced to ten men either side of half-time but goals from Besart Berisha, Ollie Bozanic, Kosta Barbarouses, and George Howard made for a comfortable result for the away side.

Ernie Merrick made two changes after his side lost to Melbourne City last week. Thomas Doyle replaced Louis Fenton at left back while Blake Powell returned in attack as Hamish Watson was dropped to the bench.

Full match report »

Saturday: Sydney FC 0-2 Adelaide United

Adelaide United defeated Sydney FC 2-0 on Saturday night at Allianz Stadium.

Bruce Djite bagged a double as Adelaide shooted to the top of the table and effectively ended Sydney FC’s finals aspirations.

Full match report »

Sunday: Brisbane Roar 2-1 Newcastle Jets

Brisbane Roar have defeated Newcastle Jets 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at Suncorp Stadium.

Henrique and Thomas Broich scored for Brisbane, while Leonardo scored the sole goal for Newcastle.

Full match report »

Sunday: Perth Glory 3-2 Melbourne City

Perth Glory have withstood a late Melbourne City comeback, downing the title-contenders 3-2 in front of 14,504 fans at nib Stadium – the highest attendance for a Glory home game in over three years.

Andy Keogh, Gyorgy Sandor and Diego Castro scored for the home side, with the prolific Bruno Fornaroli scoring a consolation goal for Melbourne City.

Full match report »

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