It was difficult to choose from Round 19 which goalkeeper and defenders warranted a place in the team of the week as three of the eight teams playing this week didn’t concede a goal.
Debate is inevitable when players who performed well are been left out of the team, and Round 19 is no exception!
Starting XI: Stefan Marinovic, Ruon Tongyik, Steven Taylor, Tom Aldred, Matthew Millar, Riley McGree, Michael McGlinchey, Corey Brown, David Ball, Gary Hooper, Bradden Inman.
Stefan Marinovic (Wellington Phoenix)
Marinovic managed to keep a clean sheet despite Melbourne City having seven shots on target. It’s fair to say Wellington Phoenix wouldn’t have won the game had Marinovic not been their goalkeeper. He made some fantastic saves, as per usual, with no fuss.
Centreback: Ruon Tongyik (Central Coast Mariners)
Tongyik was outstanding for the Central Coast Mariners in what was his first appearance for their starting line-up. He proved that he warrants a place in their starting line-up on a permanent basis. Not only was he an asset in defence but he was adept with the ball as well, playing many accurate passes.
Centreback: Steven Taylor (Wellington Phoenix)
Taylor showed why he has played in the Premier League with his fantastic display. He led from the front with his slick passing and the way he led the Phoenix defence.
Centreback: Tom Aldred (Brisbane Roar)
Aldred was a pivotal part of the Brisbane Roar team. He was one of the reasons Western United finished without a shot on target for the game’s entirety.
Right winger: Matthew Millar (Newcastle Jets)
Millar’s work rate was unwavering on the right-hand side of the pitch. Endeavour isn’t enough in football, and that’s why he’s in the team of the week for Round 19 – his execution was particularly impressive. He was rewarded for his hard work when he scored the important equaliser in the second half.
Centre midfielder: Riley McGree (Adelaide United)
McGree showed that he has the potential to go overseas and be a regular member of the Socceroos squad. What was most notable in his performance in Adelaide United’s Round 19 game was the assist he provided for Mohamed Toure. The cross he provided was pinpoint.
Attacking midfielder: Michael McGlinchey (Central Coast Mariners)
McGlinchey managed to play some exquisite passes in the first half. In the second half his influence was without the ball as Adelaide endeavoured to curtail his influence on the game. Even though he didn’t do much after the break, he was an important part of the Mariners structure. Central Coast may well have got something out of the game in terms of points had he not been substituted off in the second half, as United scored both goals when McGlinchey was off the field.
Left winger: Corey Brown (Brisbane Roar)
Brown has been a revelation for the Brisbane Roar since being recruited by the Brisbane Roar this season. He was a pivotal part of the Brisbane Roar’s structure and showed great endeavour. He made many marauding runs down the left-hand side.
David Ball (Wellington Phoenix)
Ball had a great game. He was a revelation in his role, playing up front alongside Gary Hooper. He provided the assist for the only goal of the game, scored by Hooper.
Gary Hooper (Wellington Phoenix)
Hooper wasn’t only a pivotal part of the Wellington Phoenix structure, but he managed to score the only goal of the game. He also held the ball up in the latter stages of the game, effectively wasting time and ensuring that the Phoenix claimed all three points.
Bradden Inman (Brisbane Roar)
Inman worked tirelessly trying to create chances for the Brisbane Roar. His persistence paid off when he provided an assist for the only goal of the game for substitute Mirza Muratovic.