Key moments from Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Season -Liam Reddy saved 2 penalties

STEADY REDDY SAVES GLORY: In an exhilarating round 12 clash, Perth goalkeeper  from City’s deadly striker Bruno Fornaroli to help earn Glory a share of the points in a 3-3 thriller.

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

Hyundai A-League 2016/2017 fans XI:Midfielders

There were some impressive midfielder performers but which three should be in the Fans Team of the Season.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Staff Writer
Voting for the Hyundai A-League Fans Team of the Season is in full swing and today it’s time to pick the midfielders for the 2016/17 squad.

We’ve chosen 8 midfielders who impressed throughout the campaign but it’s up to you to decide who earns a spot in the ‘Hyundai A-League Fans Team of the Year’.

And with our 4-3-3 formation – only three midfielders can be selected in the starting XI.

To ensure your selection is counted – simply vote in the poll at the bottom of the article!

You can submit your vote at the bottom of the page

Graham Arnold has confirmed his star playmaker Milos Ninkovic will start against Perth Glory in Saturday night's semi-final.

Milos Ninkovic (Sydney FC)

Is there anything this guy can’t do? The Serbian midfielder was an absolute class above at times season with his touch, vision and ability to pick a pass making him a nightmare for opposition defences. The 32-year-old was a clear winner of the Johnny Warren Medal and also claimed the Alex Tobin award for Fox Sports’ player of the season. The playmaker notched 11 assists and nine goals for the campaign, and converted the winning spot kick in the Grand Final.

Melbourne Victory star James  Troisi is back in the Caltex Socceroos squad for the first time since 2015.James Troisi (Melbourne Victory)

After a slow start to the season, the 2015 Asian Cup hero found his straps and finished with a flourish to help guide Victory to the Grand Final. In 25 matches, the attacking midfielder contributed six goals and six assists, while he notched a club-high 139 crosses.

Neil Kilkenny will return for Melbourne City after missing last week through suspension.

Neil Kilkenny (Melbourne City)

The box-to-box midfielder claimed City’s player of the season in his maiden campaign in the A-League and it’s easy to see why. The former Socceroo was a real workhorse in the middle of the park and was the vital link between defence and attack in a somewhat disjointed outfit. A ‘no-frills’ type player, Kilkenny did much of the ‘gritty’ work for his team with aplomb and even contributed two goals.

Sydney FC's Josh Brillante tangles with Perth Glory's Richard Garcia.

Josh Brillante (Sydney FC)

A real unsung hero in the heart of Sydney’s midfield, the hard-working Brillante played 26 matches for the Sky Blues and made 1357 passes, more than any of his teammates. His combination with Brandon O’Neill in the centre of the park was arguably the best in the competition with their work ethic and willingness to support each other a real feature. Brillante chipped in with cracking goals – his first in professional football – including an absolute screamer in the Semi Final win over Perth Glory.

Wanderers midfielder Nicolas Martinez celebrates scoring against Perth Glory at nib Stadium.

Nico Martinez (Western Sydney Wanderers)

The Argentine playmaker was a shining light in a largely disappointing season for the Wanderers. His exquisite dribbling and ability to glide past players was a joy to watch throughout the campaign as he went on to notch an impressive eight assists and four goals. The 29-year-old finished third in the Johnny Warren Medal behind Ninkovic and Diego Castro.

Roar's Thomas Kristensen and Kashima defender Leo Silva battle for possession in the ACL clash in Brisbane.

Thomas Kristensen (Brisbane Roar)

Brought in to fill the boots of the departed Corona, Kristensen slotted in seamlessly to the Roar midfield and proved to be an astute signing. The hard-working defensive midfielder provided a solid platform for John Aloisi’s attacking outfit and allowed the likes of Brett Holman and Tommy Oar more freedom going forward. Kristensen contributed four goals in 25 appearances and made a club-high 1428 passes.

Sydney FC midfielder Brandon O'Neill hits a free-kick at Allianz Stadium on Friday night.

Brandon O’Neill (Sydney FC)

Much like Brillante, O’Neill was another undervalued player in Graham Arnold’s side. The 23-year-old worked his socks off for the team and rarely gave the ball away when in possession. The midfielder netted three goals for the campaign which included two cracking free kicks, one of which was an absolute stunner in the Sydney Derby.

Riley McGree is the March nominee for the NAB Young Footballer of the Year award.

Riley McGree (Adelaide United)

What a season it’s been for Riley McGree! He was unlikely to start for Adelaide United at the start of the season and yet the youngster managed to earn himself a call-up to Ange Postecoglou’s Socceroos squad! Not a bad effort for an 18-year-old. The midfielder’s energy, composure and doggedness stood out from the start and he was arguably Adelaide’s most consistent player in his 16 appearances for the season. His passing accuracy of 84.3% is up there with the best in the competition and he netted a cracking maiden goal against Wellington Phoenix.

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

Hyundai A-League 2016/2017 fans XI: Defenders

With our 4-3-3 formation only two central-defenders and two fullbacks can be selected in the starting XI.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Staff Writer
Fans are being given the opportunity to pick their Hyundai A-League Team of the Season and today it’s the defenders in the spotlight!

We’ve chosen 10 defenders (five fullbacks and five central defenders) who impressed throughout the 2016/17 campaign but it’s up to you to decide who earns a spot in the ‘Hyundai A-League Fans Team of the Year’.

And with our 4-3-3 formation – only two central-defenders and two fullbacks can be selected in the starting XI.

To ensure your selection is counted – simply vote in the poll at the bottom of the article!

You can submit your vote at the bottom of the page

Alex WilkinsonCentral Defenders:

Alex Wilkinson (Sydney FC)

The ultra-consistent stopper was a rock at the back for the Sky Blues all season and was a big reason why Graham Arnold’s side conceded a league-low 12 goals for the campaign. The 32-year-old Socceroo played all 29 matches for Sydney this season and led the way with a staggering 145 clearances. He won almost 90% of his tackles and 75% of duels in the air, while his passing percentage was an impressive 83%.

Melbourne Victory's Spanish defender Alan Baro has given the Hyundai A-League Finals Series system the thumbs up.Alan Baro (Melbourne Victory)

Charged with the task of replacing the classy Mathieu Delpierre, Baro took a while to adjust to the A-League before establishing himself as one of the most reliable defenders in the competition. A no-nonsense centre-back, Baro played 26 matches for Victory throughout the season and ranked third in the competition for clearances (148) behind only Dino Djulbic (149) and Jade North (150).

Michael JakobsenMichael Jakobsen (Melbourne City)

While injury restricted him to just 17 games for the campaign, Jakobsen oozed class when he was on the field and quite simply City were a different team when he was involved. The Dane’s composure on the ball and ability to shut down attacks were a real asset for City, with an impressive 86.3% passing accuracy highlighting his quality. He topped City’s clearance count with 78 and he won almost 77% of his tackles.

Roar defender Luke DeVere challenges for the ball with City captain Bruno Fornaroli.Luke DeVere (Brisbane Roar)

After missing much of last season through injury, DeVere enjoyed a fabulous 2016/17 season with the Roar and guided them to within a game of the Grand Final.  He made 25 appearances in total, winning almost 80% of his tackles and enjoyed a passing accuracy of 84.4%. His stoppage time equaliser to snatch a point against Victory in the opening round was one of the highlights of the season.

Phoenix skipper Andrew Durante challenges for the ball with Sydney FC striker Alex Brosque.Andrew Durante (Wellington Phoenix)

In a team which disappointed throughout the campaign, Durante was one of the few Phoenix players to perform throughout the season. The experienced defender was a real leader for the Kiwi outfit at the back and developed a solid partnership with Italian import Marco Rossi. Made 22 appearances  for the Nix throughout the campaign and topped the club’s clearance chart with 123.


Fullbacks:

Michael Zullo (Sydney FC)

A superb athlete, Zullo flourished under Graham Arnold this season with his ability to bomb forward and deliver balls into the area a real feature of his play. The fullback made 28 appearances throughout the season and led the way with a team high 116 crosses, including 4 assists.

Sydney FC defender Michael Zullo hugs captain Alex Brosque.

Rhyan Grant (Sydney FC)

Took his game to another level this season at Sydney FC with his incredible aerobic capacity making him a huge asset in both attack and defence. The 26-year-old contributed an impressive 3 goals and five assists for the campaign, and he won nearly 78% of his tackles.  Was rewarded for his impressive form with a call-up for the Socceroos’ World Cup Qualifiers against Iraq and UAE in March.

Sydney defender Rhyan Grant gets a cross in during the clash with Melbourne City on Saturday night.

Jack Clisby (Western Sydney Wanderers)

Moved to Sydney from City in the off-season and the switch proved fruitful, with the fullback flourishing at Spotless Stadium under Tony Popovic. A vastly improved engine helped Clisby develop his attacking output with the 25-year-old notching three assists for the Red and Black. The defender led the way for his team with 79 crosses and ranked third in clearances in his 25 matches.

Jack Clisby has enjoyed a superb debut season with Western Sydney Wanderers.

Josh Risdon (Perth Glory)

In a defence which was continually changed throughout the season due to injury, Risdon was a constant on the right flank for Kenny Lowe’s men. The 24-year-old played 26 matches for the campaign and recorded more than 1000 passes, more than any other Glory player. His five assists were second to only Chris Harold (8) and Diego Castro (7) while he was second in clearances (95) behind Dino Djulbic.

Josh Risdon will leave Perth Glory at season's end.

Jack Hingert (Brisbane Roar)

The energetic fullback played 25 matches throughout the campaign and was one of the Roar’s most consistent players. The 26-year-old’s tackle efficiency of 84.2% was the best of any Brisbane player with his ability to get forward and overlap a real weapon. A vastly underrated player.

Roar defender Jack Hingert fights for the ball with Phoenix fullback Louis Fenton.

Source : Football Federation Australia

Hyundai A-League 2016/2017 season review: Adelaide United

Adelaide United's title defence failed to get off the ground in what was a frustrating 2016/17 Season for the Reds.
Adelaide United’s title defence failed to get off the ground in what was a frustrating 2016/17 Season for the Reds.
A frustrating season for Adelaide United saw their Hyundai A-League title defence fail to catch fire in what was a challenging season on and off the field. We look back at the season that was for the Reds and take a glance at what 2017/18 might look like.

 

Position: 9 th

Record: Played 27, Won 5, Drawn 8, Lost 14

Goals: 25

Conceded: 46

Leading Goal Scorer: Dylan McGowan (4)

Dylan McGowan celebrates his goal in Adelaide United's stunning win over Jeju United in the ACL on Tuesday night.

Best home crowd: 14,908 – Round 3 against Melbourne Victory

Star performer: Dylan McGowan

For the second consecutive year, the former youth international was a model of consistency, playing every minute of Adelaide’s season. He was a rock in the heart of the Reds’ defence and was often charged with marking the opposition’s most dangerous attacker. The final game of the season was McGowan’s 100 th  in the Hyundai A-League and when he scored Adelaide’s last goal of the campaign it took him above all other goalscorers at the club in 2016/17.

Breakout player: Riley McGree

The emergence of the South Australian born teenager was one of the few positives to come out of the 2016/17 season. After a handful of appearances from the bench, the 18-year-old was thrust into the starting line-up and excelled to the point that he was selected in the Caltex Socceroos squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Iraq and UAE. The meteoric rise didn’t seem to affect him as he then featured prominently in both the Hyundai A-League and Asian Champions League. At season’s end he was voted into the PFA team of the season by his fellow professionals, while proving how grounded he was by bringing his mum to the Dolan Warren awards.

Reds youngster Riley McGree says his recent Caltex Socceroos call-up has helped take his game to a new level.

Goal of the year: Mark Ochieng

With just one win in their first 15 games, expectations were low when Melbourne City visited Coopers Stadium in mid-January.  At 1-1 late in the match, Gui Amor introduced 20-year old Mark Ochieng and the youngster seized his chance. A long ball was placed expertly into his path by Sergio Guardiola and Ochieng produced the finish of a seasoned veteran, taking the ball to the edge of the penalty area before coolly slotting into the top corner to the delight of the home fans.

Highlight: Baba Diawara’s arrival

The Senegalese striker breathed new life into Adelaide’s ailing attack when he joined the club in the January transfer window. In seven games he scored three goals, including important strikes in the back-to-back wins over Brisbane and Central Coast which lifted the Reds from the foot of the table and helped them avoid the wooden spoon. In a season of slim pickings in front of goal, Diawara was an extremely welcome shining light.

Adelaide United striker Baba Diawara looks to get between two Perth Glory defenders.

Lowlight: Their title “defence”

But for a late season mini-revival, the Reds would have produced the worst title defence in the 12-year history of the Hyundai A-League. As it was, the follow-up to their maiden championship campaign was utterly underwhelming. One win in their first 14 games, an inability to score goals, failed signings, injuries and rumours of internal discontent combined to make this season as miserable as the last one was memorable.

What they need:

First, they have to find a new boss. Gui Amor’s long-expected departure was confirmed by the club yesterday, with the recruitment of a new coach already underway. In terms of players, a proven goalscorer would be a very good start. When your centre-back wins the Golden Boot, there’s plenty of room for improvement in the attacking third and Adelaide was the only side to average less than a goal a game this season. But with fewer than ten players confirmed for next season, it’s probably easier to list where Adelaide don’t need reinforcement.

Acquisitions for next season:

Paul Izzo

Paul Izzo returns to Adelaide United after signing a three-year contract.

Losses for next season:

While player movements have yet to be confirmed by the club, veteran goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic is almost certain to depart, while it seems likely he’ll be followed out the door by some or all of Marcelo Carrusca, Dylan McGowan, Sergio Cirio, Iacopo La Rocca, Baba Diawara and Kim Jae-sung.

Outlook for 2017/18:

With Gui Amor leaving and a massive sixteen players off-contract, it’s anyone’s guess what the Adelaide United roster and coaching staff will look like when the new season rolls around. Without knowing that, it’s impossible to predict whether Reds fans are in for another championship season, consecutive disappointing campaigns or something in between in 2017/18. 

 

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

Fans to pick their Hyundai A-League 2016/2017 Team of the Season

Melbourne Victory star Marco Rojas high-fives a fan after a match during the 2016/17 Season.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Staff Writer
We’ve picked our team of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Season, now it’s your turn.

We’re giving fans the chance to have their say on which players they believe were the standouts from an enthralling season.

 

Starting from tomorrow (Friday), you will get to choose from our list of goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and forwards to put together your best team from the last season.

Will double winners Sydney FC dominate the squad? Will Johnny Warren medallist Milos Ninkovic make the cut?

Can you fit attacking stars Besart Berisha, Jamie Maclaren, Diego Castro, Nico Martinez and Marco Rojas all fit in the same team?

It’s up to you to make all those tough decisions as we work through every position to come up with the Fans Team of the Season.

Keep an eye out and get voting!

Spanish whiz Diego Castro poses for a selfie with a Perth Glory fan.

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

Hyundai A-League 2016/2017 Round 27 guide: bottom three fight it out!

Fabio Ferreira (Mariners), Riley McGree (Adelaide) and Wayne Brown (Jets).

We’ve reached a fascinating Round 27 in the 2016/17 Hyundai A-League season with the top six still to be finalised while the bottom three teams are desperate to avoid the wooden spoon.

The top six are locked in and will jockey for position while preparing for the Finals Series.

 

But the bottom four will bring the curtain down on their seasons this weekend.

Phoenix cannot change their spot. They finish seventh.

But where will the remaining three clubs – Mariners, Reds and Jets – end up on the ladder and, most important of all, what do they need to do to avoid the dreaded wooden spoon

WELLINGTON PHOENIX

Current position: Seventh

Points: 30

Goal difference: -4

Highest possible finish: Seventh

Lowest possible finish: Seventh

Remaining fixture: Brisbane Roar (A)

Phoenix’s finals flame was finally extinguished last Saturday night.

Sydney FC defender Rhyan Grant challenges for the ball with Phoenix midfielder Roly Bonevacia.

It was a brave run by Wellington, but ultimately they left themselves with too much ground to make up after picking up just one point from a possible 15 between rounds 16 and 20.

With coaches Des Buckingham and Chris Greenacre and a number of players off-contract, the Phoenix will want to end their season strongly before future discussions begin in earnest.

However, they’ll meet a motivated Roar side who will be keen to avoid a second home loss to Wellington after a 2-1 defeat at Suncorp five weeks ago.

CENTRAL COAST MARINERS

Current position: Eighth

Points: 23

Goal difference: -20

Highest possible finish: Eighth

Lowest possible finish: Tenth (wooden spoon)

Remaining fixture: Melbourne Victory (A)

Having been in the bottom two since before Christmas, the Mariners finally climbed out of the cellar with a well-deserved win in the F3 derby.

Mariners players celebrate a goal in their 2-0 win over Newcastle Jets on Sunday afternoon.

It puts matters into their own hands as they seek to avoid a much-unwanted second consecutive wooden spoon.

While a Friday night visit to Victory provides a daunting end to their 2016/17 Hyundai A-League campaign, Paul Okon’s men will have gained much-needed confidence from Sunday’s win, after four straight defeats.

Even a point might be enough for eighth with the two sides below them facing tough assignments the following evening.

ADELAIDE UNITED

Current position: Ninth

Points: 22

Goal difference: -21

Highest possible finish: Eighth

Lowest possible finish: Tenth (wooden spoon)

Remaining fixture: Western Sydney Wanderers (H)

Adelaide United are the form team in the bottom three, with Friday’s narrow 1-0 loss away at Melbourne City snapping a four-game unbeaten streak.

Adelaide defender Taylor Regan challenges for the ball with City striker Bruno Fornaroli.

With the Mariners and Jets preparing for visits to the A-League’s top two, the Reds finish their campaign at home, where they’ve picked up seven points in their last three outings.

A trip to Korea to face Jeju United in the Asian Champions League will add a challenging layer to Gui Amor’s week, but that might yet work in his favour as Adelaide’s players vie for places in their remaining ACL games.

Having worked so hard in the last six weeks to clamber clear of the foot of the ladder, the Reds will be fiercely determined to avoid the worst season by a defending champion since Newcastle’s wooden spoon finish in 2008/09.

NEWCASTLE JETS

Current position: Tenth

Points: 22

Goal difference: -23

Highest possible finish: Eighth

Lowest possible finish: Tenth (wooden spoon)

Remaining fixture: Sydney FC (A)

The Jets season has almost entirely derailed.

A despondent Andrew Nabbout in the Jets' heavy 3-0 loss to the Wanderers on Saturday night.

A run of five straight losses during which they haven’t scored from open play tells the story of an abject end to a once-promising campaign.

The 17 unanswered goals they have now conceded also equals the long held record of the unlamented New Zealand Knights.

There is a glimmer of hope though; Newcastle could still grab eighth place with a win in their final game, although that looks highly unlikely, especially given their opposition.

They travel to Allianz Stadium to take on a supreme Sydney FC side which is highly motivated to surpass the Hyundai A-League’s regular season points record with victory on Saturday night.

 

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

Hyundai A-League 2016/2017 Round 27 guide: top six

There's still plenty to play for heading into the final round of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Season.

There’s still plenty to play for heading into the final round of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Season.

With one round left in the 2016/17 Hyundai A-League season, there are still some matters to be decided – in particular, the positions of teams below Victory and Sydney FC.

With one and two locked up courtesy of Premier’s Plate winners the Sky Blues and Victory in second, what will be the finishing order of the teams placed third to sixth?

With teams in third and fourth hosting the Elimination Finals in week one of the Finals Series, it makes for an absolutely thrilling final round – here’s all you need to know ahead of a the Easter Round 27.

SYDNEY FC

Current position: First

Points: 63

Goal difference: +41

Highest possible finish: First

Lowest possible finish: First

Remaining fixture: Newcastle Jets (H)

With top spot confirmed some time ago, Sydney FC have been chasing milestones to stay motivated during the back end of the Hyundai A-League season.

 

Sydney FC have claimed the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Premiers Plate.

A win in their 27th and final game will see them surpass Brisbane’s regular season points tally record of 65 in 2010/11, which was achieved during a 30-game season.

Victory over the Jets at home would appear to be a mere formality, but Saturday night’s 1-1 draw in Wellington has given Graham Arnold the ammunition he needs to push any complacency from the minds of his players.

Following Saturday night’s game, the Sky Blues will celebrate their Premiers Plate triumph with their home fans, before re-focusing on the Finals Series.

MELBOURNE VICTORY

Current position: Second

Points: 46

Goal difference: +17

Highest possible finish: Second

Lowest possible finish: Second

Remaining fixture: Central Coast Mariners (H)

Victory clinched second spot and a week off in the Finals Series with Saturday night’s stalemate against Western Sydney.

 

Victory defender Leigh Broxham challenges for the ball with Wanderers' Jumpei Kusukami.

But of all the teams in the top six, Victory are the most out-of-form, having not won – or even scored – in their last three games.

Kevin Muscat will accept nothing less than a return to winning ways against the Mariners this weekend; going into the Finals Series on a four game winless run will not do at all.

The Mariners won’t lie down though as they look to springboard from their eye-catching win in the F3 derby to gain a result which would see them avoid a second straight wooden spoon.

MELBOURNE CITY

Current position: Third

Points: 39

Goal difference: +6

Highest possible finish: Third

Lowest possible finish: Fifth

Remaining fixture: Perth Glory (A)

City’s 1-0 win over Adelaide United has put them in pole position for third spot (and a crucial home Elimination Final).

They should secure that with victory in Perth on Sunday evening.

 

Tim Cahill celebrates with Nicolas Colazo after scoring in Melbourne City's win over Adelaide United.

The only caveat is if Brisbane beat Wellington by two goals more than what City achieve in Perth.

City will also finish third if they draw with Perth while Brisbane lose or draw with Wellington.

Even a loss by three goals or less to Glory would be enough for City to finish third provided Brisbane lose by the same (or greater) margin to Phoenix.

The worst case scenario for City would be a loss in Perth by four goals or more which would see them drop out of the top four for the first time this season at the worst possible time – unless Roar also lose heavily to Wellington.

BRISBANE ROAR

Current position: Fourth

Points: 39

Goal difference: +5

Highest possible finish: Third

Lowest possible finish: Fifth

Remaining fixture: Wellington Phoenix (H)

Brisbane Roar look relatively safe in the top four.

 

STAT OF THE ROUND: Each of Brisbane Roar’s last 11 goals scored have come in the second half, and they’ve won three of their last four Hyundai A-League games.

A win over Phoenix would secure that and Roar can even grab third place if they beat Wellington while Melbourne City lose or draw, or they draw with Phoenix and City lose.

One other possible scenario would be Brisbane and Melbourne City both winning or both losing and Brisbane somehow turning a -1 goal difference into an advantage.

If Roar lose to Wellington, Perth can only go past them if they beat Melbourne City by a sizeable margin.

However, a result of that type would drop City below Roar on goal difference.

Put simply, if Roar can avoid a heavy defeat to Wellington, they’ll be a top four finisher.

PERTH GLORY

Current position: Fifth

Points: 36

Goal difference: -1

Highest possible finish: Third

Lowest possible finish: Sixth

Remaining fixture: Melbourne City (H)

Perth are the side with the most different possible outcomes.

 

Perth Glory celebrate a goal in their 3-1 win over Brisbane Roar.

They can still finish anywhere from third or sixth.

But their major issue is a vastly inferior goal difference to the two sides above them, Melbourne City and Brisbane Roar.

However, they play City on Sunday and can go past them if they win by 4+.

But to finish above Brisbane, Perth would also need Roar to lose to Wellington with a combined winning margin in the two games of six goals or more.

For example, results of Perth 4 Melbourne City 0 and Brisbane 0 Phoenix 2 would see Perth sneak third.

But even a four-goal Glory win won’t be enough for third if Brisbane win, draw or lose by just one goal to Wellington

If Perth beat Melbourne City by less than four goals, their most likely finishing position is fifth.

Glory will also be fifth if they draw with City and Western Sydney draw or lose against Adelaide, or if they lose to City and Western Sydney lose to Adelaide.

And they’ll drop to sixth if they draw with City and Western Sydney beats Adelaide or if they lose to City and Western Sydney win or draw at Adelaide.

WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS

Current position: Sixth

Points: 35

Goal difference: 0

Highest possible finish: Fifth

Lowest possible finish: Sixth

Remaining fixture: Adelaide United (A)

Western Sydney’s equation is far simpler.

 

Robbie Cornthwaite netted a brace in the Wanderers' 3-0 win over the Jets.

They can finish fifth or sixth.

They will climb to fifth if they beat Adelaide and Perth fail to beat Melbourne City.

They will also claim fifth if they draw with Adelaide and Glory lose to City.

Any other combination of results will see Western Sydney finish sixth.

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

 

Western Sydney Wanderers FC 0-0 Melbourne Victory- Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Western Sydney wasted a chance to close in on the top four as a 10-man Melbourne Victory fought out a 0-0 draw at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

Needing a win to be any chance of hosting a home final, Wanderers dominated possession and territory for over half an hour but failed to make their numerical advantage count.

Victory edged the first half but needed Lawrence Thomas to keep them level after Rashid Mahazi gifted Nico Martinez a clean avenue to goal.

The match swung in Wanderers’ favour when Daniel Georgievski was dismissed for a second bookable offence in the 53rd minute but they struggled to create clear chances.

An organised defence and several brave blocks were enough for Kevin Muscat’s men to sew up second spot, while Western Sydney can now only finish as high as fifth.

GOALS

Western Sydney attempted a whopping 28 shots but could only manage three on target over the 90 minutes. Tony Popovic will hope it’s not a prolonged return to their early-season attacking woes in front of goal.

RED CARD

Having picked up a caution for tripping Jumpei late in the first half, Georgievski was shown a second yellow in the 53rd minute after going in strong on Scott Neville.

Re-live the match action on Twitter

@ALeague, @wswanderersfc, @gomvfc, #WSWvMVC

– Source : Football Federation Australia

Brisbane Roar FC 5-1 Central Coast Mariners- Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Jamie Maclaren struck a scintillating second-half hat-trick to lead Brisbane Roar to an exhilarating 5-1 win over Central Coast Mariners on Sunday night.

Trailing 1-0 shortly after half-time, the hosts mounted an incredible late assault at Suncorp Stadium with all five goals arriving in a dominant final half hour.

Brisbane came closest in the opening 45 minutes but it was the Mariners who snatched a surprise second half lead through a fierce Fabio Ferreira rocket.

John Aloisi’s side snapped immediately into action and produced chance-after-chance until Maclaren equalised from close-range.

The 23-year-old struck twice more in the next eight minutes before an in-form Thomas Broich and substitute Nick D’Agostino added to the damage.

Brisbane’s stunning comeback sees them move three points clear in third, while the Mariners remain rooted to the foot of the ladder.

GOALS

0-1 Mariners: Ferreira, 49’

Brisbane continued to back off as Ferreira broke through the middle and thumped a clean strike beyond the outstretched Jamie Young.

1-1 Roar: Maclaren, 62’

Brandon Borrello pulled a pass back from the byline and after Maclaren’s initial attempt was blocked by Ascroft, the striker kept his feet to fire the loose ball past Necevski.

2-1 Roar: Maclaren, 66’

Borrello again supplied the pass across goal and Liam Rose fluffed his clearance, gifting Maclaren a simple finish.

3-1 Roar: Maclaren, 70’

Played through a gaping hole by Joe Caletti, Maclaren produced his finest finish of the night with a deft left-footed touch past Necevski.

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4-1 Roar: Broich, 83’

The German whiz shook off a defender, kept his composure and made the Mariners pay with a controlled finish inside the far post.

5-1 Roar: D’Agostino, 90’+1

Ignoring Broich’s overlapping run, the young substitute curled an absolute peach into the top corner.

Re-live the match on Twitter:

@ALeague @BrisbaneRoar @CCMariners #BRIvCCM

Brett Holman controls the ball on his chest during Roar's comfortable win over the Mariners on Sunday.

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

The race for sixth in the Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Mitch Nichols (Wanderers), Andrew Hoole (Jets), Gui Finkler (Phoenix) and Roy O'Donovan (Mariners).

Mitch Nichols (Wanderers), Andrew Hoole (Jets), Gui Finkler (Phoenix) and Roy O’Donovan (Mariners).

With four rounds to go in the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Season, the top six picture is starting to become clearer.

Sydney FC, Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City are now assured of their spots in the finals series, with Brisbane Roar and Perth Glory all but certain to join them.

But who will snare sixth spot?

 

We take a look at the remaining fixtures for all the contenders to see who’s in the box seat to secure that final position and play finals football.

Western Sydney Wanderers (6th) – Points 28, GD -5

To Play: City (home), Jets (away), Victory (home), Adelaide (away)

Tony Popovic’s side took a giant leap towards finals football, winning their “six-pointer” against fellow top-six contenders Wellington Phoenix. The fact the victory – their first at Spotless Stadium this season – came off the back of a hard-fought 3-2 midweek ACL win away at FC Seoul and an arduous travel schedule made it all the more impressive.

 

The Wanderers celebrate one of Brendon Santalab's two goals against the Phoenix on Sunday.The momentum and confidence gained from back-to-back wins will stand them in good stead ahead of a testing run-in, which includes clashes with both Melbourne sides.

Regardless, the Wanderers are certainly in the box seat to claim sixth spot now.

Wellington Phoenix (7th) – Points 23, GD -12

To Play: Jets (home), Victory (away), Sydney (home), Roar (away)

The 3-1 loss to Western Sydney was a body-blow for Wellington, who now face the prospect of probably having to win three (and maybe all four) of their remaining matches, while hoping Western Sydney slip up in the home strait.

To make matters worse, Des Buckingham will lose seven players, including skipper Andrew Durante and top-scorer Roy Krishna, for Sunday’s do-or-die clash with Newcastle at Westpac Stadium.

 

Roy KrishnaThe Phoenix remain defiant, but will need to bounce back quickly from a demoralising defeat during which they were very much second-best.

Newcastle Jets (8th) – Points 22, GD -13

To Play: Phoenix (away), Wanderers (home), Mariners (away), Sydney (away)

Much like Wellington, the Jets failed to deliver in a pivotal game, losing 4-0 to Melbourne City on Saturday evening.

In their favour though is a fortnight during which they’ll face an under-strength Phoenix side and the Wanderers, who they’ll ultimately need to supplant to make the finals series.

 

#NEWvBRI - Newcastle Jets are undefeated in their last six home Hyundai A-League games (W2, D4).But before they can contemplate hosting Western Sydney, Mark Jones’ side simply must collect all three points away at Wellington on Sunday if they’re to have any chance of finals football for the first time in seven years.

Central Coast Mariners (9th) – Points 20, GD -17

To Play: Adelaide (home), Roar (away), Jets (home), Victory (away)

Having been buoyed by three straight wins in rounds 17 to 19, the Mariners’ finals push has stalled with just a solitary point in four games since and back-to-back losses to Melbourne City and Sydney FC in their last two matches.

The Mariners will need to win their remaining four games and hope the Wanderers (and the other sides above them) suffer a dramatic dip in form if they’re to sneak into the top six.

 

Mariners skipper Nick Montgomery tries to intercept a pass from Brandon O'Neill.Making the task even more difficult for Paul Okon’s side is their run-in, which includes tough trips to Brisbane and Melbourne Victory.

 

Source : Football Federation Australia