We’ve picked our A-League Team of the Week for Round 17.
Goalkeeper – Andrew Redmayne: Stood between Melbourne City and a draw against his Sydney FC. Produced two key saves off the foot of Riley McGree, most notably a late spot kick.
Right centre-back – Rhyan Grant: The Socceroo returned to action for the Sky Blues in impressive fashion. Limited the likes of Lachie Wales and Luke Brattan in the 2-0 win at Jubilee Stadium.
Centre-back – Nigel Boogaard: Solid and unflinching at the back as Newcastle Jets thumped Western Sydney Wanderers 5-1 on Friday night. Only had a momentary lapse nearing the death.
Left centre-back – Nikolai Topor-Stanley: Like his captain, Topor-Stanley scarcely gave his Wanderers opponents an inch for the majority of the 90 minutes, laying the foundation for a big win.
Central-midfield – Steven Ugarkovic: Was the key cog in the Jets’ thrashing of Western Sydney, looking to move the ball forward through a porous midfield whenever possible. Continues to quietly make his mark.
Central-midfield – Milos Ninkovic: Outstanding again for Sydney in their win over City, though almost saw much of his good work undone by giving away a clumsy albeit soft penalty.
Right-midfield – Dimi Petratos: The Socceroo was Newcastle’s everywhere man and, like Ugarkovic, was imperative in their win. Brought a sense of directness and urgency that paid huge dividends.
Left-midfield – Craig Goodwin: Helped inspire Adelaide United’s stunning 4-3 come from behind win over Brisbane Roar at Hindmarsh. Found a goal of his own in the 67th minutes.
Right-wing – Chris Ikonomidis: Like Grant, Ikonomidis has hit the ground running upon his return to life with Perth Glory. Was in the right place at the right time against Wellington Phoenix to carry out the 3-0 win.
Left-wing – Diego Castro: Since returning to full fitness after injury, El Maestro has barely missed a beat and looks back at his imperious, Johnny Warren Medal-winning best.
Striker – James Troisi: More of a false nine. The Melbourne Victory No.10, along with Elvis Kamsoba, played a huge role in reviving them against Central Coast Mariners. Scored one of his own to kick off the fightback.