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Round Recap – Week 27

RoundRecapWell, it took until the final weekend of the season, but we finally have a Premier. Congratulations to Adelaide United who, after a 2-0 win away at Melbourne City on Friday, had results go their way throughout the weekend, allowing them to claim their second A-League Premier’s Plate.

On Saturday, the inconsequential game of the week saw the Jets defeat the Mariners 4-2 at Central Coast Stadium, before Melbourne Victory held out Brisbane Roar later that night to ensure Adelaide’s triumph.

Then, on Sunday, the Wanderers leap-frogged the Roar to claim second place (and a week off next week) by defeating the Phoenix 2-0 in Wellington, and Sydney trounced a poor Glory outfit 4-0.

The Glory must now head to Melbourne next week to face City in an elimination final, whilst the Roar and Victory will replay their Round 27 game — this time, though, at Suncorp Stadium.

Monday Roundup Podcast

Want your recap in audio form? Then tune in to this week’s Monday Roundup podcast for just that – a look back on round 27 with special guest Breanna Holden from Fox Sports and Outside90:

Goal of the week

It was the first goal of the week, and in our minds, the best of the week as well. From a set piece on Friday night, Isaias delivered an inch-perfect shot at goal to put Adelaide on the path to the Premier’s Plate. Not only was it a stunning goal, it was also vitally important to Adelaide securing their first piece of A-League silverware since 2006:

Moment of the week

After Melbourne Victory held out a frustrated Brisbane Roar on Saturday night, celebrations in Adelaide were raucous with the result confirming that Adelaide’s resurgence in the second half of the season had resulted in the first piece of silverware this season. To celebrate, the Adelaide United boys got together for a group photo, complete with a makeshift Premier’s Plate:

#Repost @stefanmauk ・・・ Minor PREMIERS BABY!!!!!

A photo posted by Adelaide United Football Club (@adelaideunited) on

Player of the Season

We will announce our top 5 ranked players tomorrow night (Monday 11th April), but until then, here’s the 10th to 6th place finishers in our Player of the Season count:

Our 10th to 6th place finishers in our #ALeague Player of the Season count. Stay tuned for the top 5 announcements tomorrow night!

A photo posted by Ultimate A-League (@ultimatealeague) on

Friday: Melbourne City 0-2 Adelaide United

Adelaide United have defeated Melbourne City 2-0 tonight at AAMI Park, with Isaias and Bruce Djite scoring to keep the Reds’ Premier’s Plate hopes alive.

The equation for both teams was simple – a win would give them a chance at claiming the Premier’s Plate, pending other results later in the weekend.

Full match report »

Saturday: Central Coast Mariners 2-4 Newcastle Jets

Central Coast Mariners were defeated by the Newcastle Jets 4-2 in Gosford on Saturday, in what was a thrilling final F3 Derby of the season.

Newcastle got the game going in the opening minute with a spectacular goal from Morten Nordstrand, who received the ball from a Ryan Kitto cross. Nordstrand headed the ball into the back of the net to give the Jets the early lead.

Full match report »

Saturday: Melbourne Victory 0-0 Brisbane Roar

Melbourne Victory have held Brisbane Roar scoreless on Saturday night at AAMI Park in a thrilling and tense match, which has given Adelaide United the Premiers Plate.

Brisbane needed a win to leapfrog Adelaide, however now find themselves in second place and requiring a Wellington draw or win on Sunday afternoon to finish in the top two.

Full match report »

Sunday: Wellington Phoenix 0-2 Western Sydney Wanderers

Western Sydney Wanderers have defeated Wellington Phoenix 2-0 at Westpac Stadium in the final round of the season with a brace from Brendan Santalab securing second place for the Red and Black.

Wellington, who had already secured ninth spot on the ladder, were playing for pride as they gave a final farewell to two of their most experienced players in Ben Sigmund and Manny Muscat.

Full match report »

Sunday: Sydney FC 4-0 Perth Glory

Perth Glory have stumbled at Allianz Stadium tonight, going down 4-0 to Sydney FC to rule out a home final in week one of the play-offs.

David Carney, Filip Holosko and Ali Abbas scored for the home side, as they concluded Sydney’s mediocre A-League campaign with a flourish.

Full match report »

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