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Round 17 A-League wrap-up

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2nd February, 2020
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All the action summed up from Round 17 of the 2019-20 A-League season.

Sydney FC 1-0 Brisbane Roar

Having gone undefeated in 2020, in the in-form Brisbane side felt confident they could scalp Sydney. Brisbane looked to have scored first when Scott McDonald’s header was cleared off the line, but VAR determined the ball never crossed the line. Both teams went goalless in the first half, but finally in the 55th minute the game was given life when Scott Neville gave away a penalty for a handball and sent adding insult to injury. Adam Le Fondre stepped up from the penalty spot, leading Sydney to a 1-0 victory.

Player of the game
Adam Le Fondre once again stepped up for his side when called and was an attacking threat.

Adam le Fondre celebrates a goal

(Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Newcastle Jets 0-0 Western United

Newcastle were desperate to take all three points when they took on Western United at home as they aim to get off the bottom of the table. Both sides failed to take their chances in the first half, with both sides going goalless. It was the same in the second half with the game finishing 0-0. Though not a desired result, the draw snaps the losing streak for Newcastle.

Player of the game
Filip Kurto. Newcastle will be ruining missed chance, and it’s thanks to Kurto, who was a brick wall in defence making crucial saves to keep a clean sheet.

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Adelaide United 3-1 Melbourne City

Adelaide were coming off back-to-back wins and were confident of keeping the streak going against the visiting Melbourne City. Ben Halloran struck for the home side, capitalising on poor defending to break the deadlock in the 12th minute. City wasted little time scoring the equaliser, Jamie Maclaren setting up Craig Noone in the 16th minute. Halloran scored a brace before half-time, heading home from a corner for the go-ahead goal in the 41st minute. Another Adelaide corner, another goal, this time George Blackwood heading home in injury time to give the hosts a 3-1 lead going into the break.

The results remained unchanged in the second half, but things did get worse for City, with Harrison Delbridge red-carded for his poor challenge. Adelaide won their third game in a row to climb up to fifth on the table.

Player of the game
Ben Halloran scored in crucial moments of the first half to guide his side to victory.

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Perth Glory 2-2 Melbourne Victory

With Melbourne Victory being out of form in recent weeks, hosts Perth Glory were confident ahead of their Round 17 clash. However, it was Melbourne who opened the scoring, Andrew Nabbout teeing up Ola Toivonen in the 23rd minute. On the stroke of half-time Perth were awarded a free kick, with Bruno Fornaroli stepping up from the spot and striking nicely into the bottom right corner. Both sides went into half-time a goal apiece.

Melbourne went ahead once again in the second half, Andrew Nabbout firing from outside the box in the 58th minute. Melbourne looked poised for an upset win until the Glory mounted on more attack, Ivan Franjic crossing it into Nicholas D’Agostino in the 90th minute. Both sides shared points for a draw.

Player of the game
Andrew Nabbout scored one and set up one. He was a threat in attack for his side.

Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 Central Coast Mariners

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Both Central Coast and Western Sydney were coming off losing streaks and came into their clash looking to snap them. Nicolai Muller put Western Sydney ahead, firing home in the 41st minute. Western Sydney went into the break 1-0 up and added to that in the second half after Thomas Oar’s challenge inside the box, giving the away side a penalty. Mitchell Duke cheekily stepped up from the spot in the 76th minute, doubling their advantage. Western Sydney gave away a penalty of their own, Matt Simon stepping up from the spot in the 82nd minute to give Central Coast life. But it would be short-lived, with Nicolai Muller and Simon Cox combining for the sealer to score travelling Western Sydney side the all-important three points.

Player of the game
Nicolai Muller scored the opener and set up the sealer to guide his side to a 3-1 victory.