We’ve picked our A-League Team of the Week for Round 25.
Goalkeeper – Eugene Galekovic: Melbourne City vs Adelaide United proved to be a battle of the gloveman, and in the end, it was the veteran in sky blue who prevailed. Made a host of key saves to ensure at least a point.
Right-back – Rhyan Grant: Offered plenty of drive from the back as usual in the Sydney Derby. Unlike many of his Sydney FC teammates, Grant was full of running and did not appear to succumb to the effects of mid-week Asian Champions League.
Centre-back – Shane Lowry: A rock at the back again for Perth Glory in their premiership-winning game. Swept up whatever Newcastle Jets were able to throw at Glory, mainly in the first half.
Centre-back – Georg Niedermeier: The big German – often maligned this season – is enjoying a purple patch in Melbourne Victory colours. Scored a crucial goal against Central Coast Mariners and defended well.
Left-back – Giancarlo Gallifuoco: Came off the bench for Western Sydney Wanderers in the derby and, perhaps surprisingly to some, he added plenty. Played out the 1-1 draw in midfield and was able to advance the ball.
Central-midfield – Matt McKay: The wily old veteran was a key cog in Brisbane Roar’s 2-1 win over Wellington Phoenix at Suncorp Stadium back on Friday night. Epitomises the notion that there is still plenty of pride to play for. Played at centre-half.
Central-midfield – Alex Baumjohann: Strangely, Markus Babbel withdrew the German No.10 just when the Wanderers had built up a head of steam in the second half of the Sydney Derby. Had been the most dangerous player on the pitch and scored from a free kick.
Central-midfield – Elvis Kamsoba: The NPL Victoria product was busy in midfield for Victory against the Mariners, and it was arguably his best game as a professional. Assisted Ola Toivonen’s opener.
Right-forward – Eric Bautheac: Scored two brilliant goals in Brisbane’s win over the Phoenix. By then he had made his mark known, though will be disappointed to have undone good work by being sent off.
Left-forward – Diego Castro: El Maestro just continues to take our breath away and produced yet another brilliant performance when it mattered most. Assisted Ivan Franjic’s goal which ultimately sealed the premiership.
Striker – Ola Toivonen: Finished off a classy Victory opener that put them in the lead against Central Coast. The big Swede found his way in behind the defence and finished the chance with composure.