We’ve picked our A-League Team of the Week for Round 26.
Goalkeeper – Filip Kurto: Another fine, commanding performance in goal from the big Pole. It speaks volumes of the quality of Wellington Phoenix’s transitional play that their custodian and striker can be among their best three players.
Right-back – Rhyan Grant: The guy just never stops running. Offers Sydney FC energy down the right without fail and did so again in their slim 1-0 victory over Perth Glory at Jubilee Stadium.
Centre-back – Michael Marrone: Forced to play at centre-back for Adelaide United and did a fine job on Melbourne Victory’s Ola Toivonen, limiting him and the rest of the Victory side to no shots on target.
Centre-back – Michael Jakobsen: Worked fantastically well with Marrone as the other cog in the central-defensive pairing. The stats speak for themselves in a match in which United were perfectly set up.
Left-back – Ivan Vujica: Got himself an assist in Newcastle Jets’ crushing 6-1 win over Brisbane Roar. Getting more of a look late in the season and will be eager to consolidate his form in the final game of the season.
Central-midfield – Brandon O’Neill: Continued the fine season he is having with another solid display against Glory on Easter Thursday. Dictated midfield and was man of the match again.
Central-midfield – Neil Kilkenny: Kept up his own solid form even when dealing with wholesale change around him. The midfield battle between he and O’Neill was fascinating.
Central-midfield – Riley McGree: Scored two goals and did everything possible to help Melbourne City see off the Nix, but ultimately he was usurped by a man at the peak of his powers. The youngster’s best game for some time.
Right-forward – Roy Krishna: More minutes, more goals for the Fijian. Had endured something of a lean few weeks but burst back into life with a hat-trick that gives Wellington a chance of a home final.
Left-forward – Joey Champness: Like Vujica, the young rapper has been one of the youngsters afforded more time by Ernie Merrick, and he is taking his chance. Two goals and an assist in the crushing win over the Roar.
Striker – Matt Simon: The ‘DILF’ led Central Coast Mariners to their third win of the season over Western Sydney Wanderers with two goals. While the Yellow and Navy will win the Wooden Spoon, the captain recognised the importance of a flying finish.