As the A-League heads into the sudden death finals, Griffin McMaster hands out the jerseys to the weekend's top performers in his Round 27 Team of the Week.
GK: Ben Kennedy (Newcastle Jets)
After being patient all season he was rewarded with a clean sheet in Newcastle’s final game of the season. The hard work has paid off and he is deserving of his selection this week.
DLC: Joshua Rose (Central Coast Mariners)
Has been a rock all season for his side. Was desperate with his defensive duties and pulled everything off very well on Saturday night.
DC: Nikolai Topor-Stanley (Western Sydney Wanderers)
His opening goal header proved pivotal for the Wanderers as they finished in second position. Again has been solid this season for his side.
DRC: Storm Roux (Central Coast Mariners)
Deserves credit for being sound all season. To go to Suncorp and come away with a clean sheet will give him huge confidence going into the finals series.
MC: Terry Antonis (Sydney FC)
A big future lies ahead for Terry. Was about everywhere in midfield and scored a pile-driver into the corner to notch up a 2-1 win over Perth Glory. Will give his side a lot of confidence heading into their sudden death finals campaign.
MC: Anthony Caceres (Central Coast)
What a top performance from the 21-year-old. It’s never easy to get the points at Suncorp and he was a hard midfield worker in a difficult match. Proving he’s not a one hit wonder his long range effort was a replica of the goal he scored over Newcastle.
MC: Orlando Engelaar (Melbourne Heart)
It’s been a pleasure to watch Engelaar this season. Unfortunate he had to sit out nearly the first half of the season with injury because his sublime goals have caught worldwide media attention, particularly that effort from the half-way. He scored another cracking goal from outside the box on the weekend and was a strong presence in midfield. Would be great to see him in the City jersey next season.
AML: David Carney (Newcastle Jets)
Has been one of the finds of the mid-season window. Played superbly and again proved a worthy team of the week selection. His passing and movement on the left hand side was a major strength for the Jets. Unfortunately they finished short of a finals berth. Would have to secure the services for Carney for next season to be competitive.
AMR: Kosta Barbarouses (Melbourne Victory)
Didn’t get onto the scoresheet but was a strong presence for his side in a dominant 4-1 win over Wellington. His passing was crisp and he had a hand in goals as his side ran riot across the Tasman.
SC: Gui Finkler (Melbourne Victory)
Was involved in one of the great team goals of the season when he coolly slotted past Jacob Spoonley and low into the corner. Is a class player and had a great day out against the Nix
SC: James Troisi (Melbourne Victory)
Overall has had a great season for Victory. Set up the opening goal in the early stages of the match with a well-time pass to Archie Thompson then rocketed one into the roof of the net to make it 2-1. Played a solid match and is definitely going to be a threat for Friday night’s first sudden death against Sydney.