The A-League players who were the difference for their teams in Round 9
There were 20 goals in six matches for the second week in a row, despite four of the 12 teams in the A-League teams keeping a clean sheet in Round 9. There was a derby that was the only draw from the weekend.
Check out who made the difference for their team in Round 9.
Jay O’Shea showed some endeavour, in what was a shambolic display by Brisbane Roar.
The Irishman created six chances and made 19 passes into the final third. Most notably, O’Shea passed to Carlo Armiento in the 43rd minute and crossed to Thomas Waddingham in the 48th minute, both to no avail as they were saved by Mariners goalkeeper Danny Vukovic.
Central Coast Mariners
Josh Nisbet played as a No.10 for the game in its entirety.
The aspiring star created what could’ve made it a brace for Marco Tulio in the 50th minute, who was unfortunately caught offside. Then he created the second goal for the Mariners with a dummy that led to Angel Torres scoring in the 56th minute.
To cap off a great game from Nisbet he provided the assist for Torres in the 97th minute to cap off a third goal scored by the Mariners for the second consecutive round.
Luka Jovanovic justified his selection in the Reds’ starting 11 as he was a constant threat.
The Young Socceroo provided the assist for the goal that broke the deadlock through Hiroshi Ibusuki in the 14th minute. Along with that, the second goal came from Jovanovic winning a penalty in the 67th minute, which Zach Clough finished from the penalty spot.
Justin Vidic breathed a bit of life into the Jets’ attack by scoring; the young substitute provided a clinical finish, albeit in the 89th minute, which gave the Jets a lifeline and hopefully boosted their morale in what was a disappointing night for the visitors at Coopers Stadium.
Kosta Barbarouses continues to produce when it matters; he’s like a fine wine, as he gets better with age.
The two goals scored in the game both came in second-half stoppage time and the New Zealander was involved in both, scoring the first and providing an assist for the second, scored by Ben Old, just three minutes later.
Western Sydney Wanderers
Aiden Simmons was substituted off in the 86th minute, after having an outstanding game.
From that point on the aspiring youngster was sorely missed as both goals conceded by the Wanderers were conceded without the talented youngster on the field.
Joe Lolley scored a brace and proved to be a pivotal part of Sydney FC winning the game.
The Englishman made the score 2-1 in favour of the Sky Blues in the 40th minute, which was pivotal as they conceded the opening goal of the game. He provided the assist for a goal from Jack Rodwell in the 47th minute.
Following that, Lolley put the game to bed, when he made it a 4-2 win for his team in the 92nd minute. Despite scoring two goals Lolley wasn’t satisfied: “I need to score more.”
Daniel Penha proved to be a positive that Western United can take out of their loss to the Sky Blues.
Unfortunately, there was no one on the end of his good work. In the 24th minute he passed to Riku Danzaki who put it on a plate for Noah Botic who failed to score. Along with that Penha put it on a plate for Lachlan Wales in the 63rd minute who didn’t score either.
The Brazilian put in a good shift for his team for the second week in a row. The lead-up play and football intelligence displayed by Penha was impressive; he didn’t deserve to be on the losing side.
Aziz Behich made many a marauding run forward down the left-hand side for Manchester City.
The Socceroo was fired up and looked in the mood to prove that he warrants game time in the upcoming Asian Cup. There’s no disputing that he is a competitor and did everything conceivable to get his team the three points.
Damien Da Silva was there when he needed to be in the heart of defence.
The Frenchman made a goal-saving tackle on Tolgay Arslan in the 78th minute. Along with that, he finished with eight clearances and won six out of eight duels and helped keep Victory in the game.
Giordano Colli was simply brilliant for Perth Glory and helped them to come back from a two-goal deficit.
The young prospect provided the assist for Salim Khelifi in the 48th minute ensuring that Perth Glory got back into the game. Colli made good decisions and showed that he has good football intelligence. Along with that, he made 11 passes into the final third.
Colli wasn’t getting carried away with the win: “This is just a stepping stone.”
Matthew Millar was involved in both goals that were scored by Macarthur FC, even though he played at right-back, as opposed to a more advanced role.
The first goal scored by Millar was quality and the assist that he provided for Valere Germain meant Macarthur FC went into the break with a two-goal lead. He finished with seven touches in the opposition box and made five passes into the final third.
Millar did his job defensively as well, given he finished with six clearances and won seven out of eight duels.
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