Just one game left in the regular season and, with finals football still on the line, it’s the Sky Blues 4-1 drubbing of Wellington Phoenix that caught the eye of Griffin McMaster as he loads up the midfield in his Round 26 A-League Team of the Week.
GK: Eugene Galekovic (Adelaide United)
Did concede two goals however wasn’t to blame for them. Dived the wrong way for David Williams’ penalty but then saved one four minutes later with a strong right hand. His consistency is second to none and Adelaide have a lot to thank him for.
DC: Sasa Ognenovski (Sydney FC)
The towering defender has adjusted well to the A-League since his late-season arrival, with another solid display helping Sydney’s cause. Water-logged conditions didn’t stop him from commanding the defence well.
DC: Sebastian Ryall (Sydney FC)
Played as right-back although he is a versatile player and can adapt to a number of positions. He was involved in one of the goals of the round. A great run, a one-two pass from Alessandro Del Piero and a clinical finish put a dagger in the hearts of the Nix.
MLC: Ali Abbas (Sydney FC)
Normally accustomed to a left back role he pushed up the field on this occasion, repaying the faith in Frank Farina’s selection. Never an easy feat to play in the conditions thrown up at Allianz Stadium, however, Abbas scored one of the strikes of the season rocketing one into the corner.
DMC: Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory)
Is such an important player for his side, the skipper scored twice to give his team a draw away from home against Newcastle. His first coming from a corner, with a tap in from an Adrian Leijer set-up header, then a penalty at the death by sending the keeper the wrong way.
MC: Liam Miller (Brisbane Roar)
Has been a very good move for him coming from Perth Glory last season and has now got a league medal to his name. Had a great opportunity early in the half however was denied a great save from Ante Covic. Not to be denied he put one in the back of the net shortly after. Is a quality player that often goes unnoticed in the Hyundai A-League.
AMC: Fabio Ferreira (Adelaide United)
His side wasn’t helped by Tarek Elrich’s sending off against the Melbourne Heart. However, Ferreira showed a true dogged performance when they were undermanned. Made a ghosting run at the far post and scored with his left foot to give his home side a dramatic equaliser and earn a draw.
AMC: Alessandro Del Piero (Sydney FC)
Don’t let his controversial penalty overshadow the performance. Scored two goals – including a wonderful free kick – and also hit the woodwork. Needed to stand out in this match and has put his team in the box seat for a finals berth with one round remaining.
ALC: Sidnei (Perth Glory)
The 27-year-old Brazilian scored at a vital stage in the match when the teams were locked up at 1-1. His header inside the six yard box gave his side more confidence as the half wore on. He was involved in the third goal that should have been disallowed, although that shouldn’t take away from a dominant performance.
SC: Tom Juric (Western Sydney Wanderers)
Has had a great season and took his chance well in the 61st minute with a low shot to the far post. Also had a great chance at the 74th minute but skied his shot. Playing very well and always a presence in the box.
SC: Adam Taggart (Newcastle Jets)
Having a superb season and has featured prominently in team of the week selections. On the scorer’s sheet once again after coolly slotting home at the far post off an Emile Heskey pass. Scouts will have to be circling the 21-year-old striker for an overseas move.