The second week in a row saw 20 goals in six matches in the A-League, with four of the 12 teams keeping clean sheets in Round 9. While a derby was the only draw from the weekend, let’s take a look at who made a difference for their team in Round 9.
Jay O’Shea’s display was lackluster for Brisbane Roar. The Irishman created six chances and made 19 passes into the final third.
Central Coast Mariners
Josh Nisbet played as a No.10 for the full game and contributed significantly to the Mariners’ goals.
Luka Jovanovic contributed to breaking the deadlock and winning a penalty that led to a goal for Adelaide United.
Justin Vidic provided a lifeline for the Jets with a goal in the 89th minute.
Kosta Barbarouses scored a goal and provided an assist for Wellington Phoenix in the second half stoppage time.
Western Sydney Wanderers
Aiden Simmons made an outstanding contribution for Western Sydney Wanderers but was substituted off shortly before the Wanderers conceded two goals.
Joe Lolley scored two goals and provided an assist that proved pivotal in Sydney FC’s victory.
Daniel Penha’s impressive performance stood out for Western United, despite the team’s loss.
Aziz Behich made numerous runs forward down the left-hand side for Melbourne City.
Damien Da Silva made a goal-saving tackle and several clearances for Melbourne Victory.
Giordano Colli’s brilliant performance helped Perth Glory make a comeback from a two-goal deficit.
Matthew Millar played a key role for Macarthur FC in both goals scored by the team.
Each team put in a strong effort and gave notable performances in Round 9 of the A-League.