It was an interesting and entertaining round of football with only one of the five games ending in a draw. There were many players that I could have picked in the team of the week.
Here’s how the team of the week lines up (formation 4-5-1): Liam Reddy, Nathaniel Atkinson, Luke DeVere, Steven Taylor, Liberato Cacace, Josh Brillante, Neil Kilkenny, Bradden Inman, Milos Ninkovic, Diego Castro, Bruno Fornaroli.
Liam Reddy (goalkeeper – Perth Glory)
Liam Reddy kept a clean sheet, despite the fact that Adelaide United had five shots on target. Stefan Marinovic of Wellington Phoenix also did well to keep a clean sheet against Western Sydney Wanderers, but Reddy had more to do so he got the nod.
Nathaniel Atkinson (right back – Melbourne City)
Nathaniel Atkinson showed how highly he is thought of, being selected in the Melbourne City team at right back ahead of Scott Galloway. Atkinson rewarded his coach for selecting him with possibly the goal of the season so far, which was also the equalising goal to make the score 2-all against the Roar. Atkinson wasn’t a one-trick pony as he passed the ball sublimely and was involved in setting up the majority of his team’s quality forays forward.
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Luke DeVere (centre back – Wellington Phoenix)
DeVere was probably the best player on the field against the Western Sydney Wanderers and possibly the reason why the Wellington Phoenix kept a clean sheet.
Steven Taylor (centre back – Wellington Phoenix)
Taylor showed why he is captain of the Wellington Phoenix. Taylor led from the front, limiting the Western Sydney Wanderers to few opportunities.
Liberato Cacace (left back – Wellington Phoenix)
Cacace made many marauding runs on the Phoenix left-hand side. Cacace scored an outstanding goal from one of those forays forward late in the game with a goal on his right foot.
Josh Brillante (centre midfield – Melbourne City)
Brillante was brilliant for the entire game, passing the ball exquisitely and helping his team keep possession.
Neil Kilkenny (centre midfield – Perth Glory)
Kilkenny was outstanding for the Perth Glory. He helped the Perth Glory keep the ball and was prolific throughout the 90 minutes.
Bradden Inman (attacking midfield – Brisbane Roar)
Inman scored a brace against Melbourne City. Inman was clinical when he needed to be.
Milos Ninkovic (attacking midfield – Sydney FC)
Ninkovic changed the game with some unbelievable ball control and passing. Ninkovic changed the game when the Newcastle Jets were controlling the game as he was responsible for helping Sydney FC break the deadlock.
Diego Castro (attacking midfield – Perth Glory)
Castro appeared as if he brought his own football. Castro proved why he is widely regarded as one of the best players in the A-League.
Bruno Fornaroli (striker – Perth Glory)
Fornaroli scored a quality goal near half time to give the Perth Glory the ascendancy.
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