In an intense, tight and at times scrappy FA Cup final, it was fitting that the game’s standout player, Adrian Mierzejewski, provided the assist to Bobo’s match-winning goal deep into extra time.
A significant contributor to the confident Australian performance in their first leg draw with Honduras was their ability to overload in midfield areas.
In a typically feisty, atmospheric derby, the Western Sydney Wanderers were able to cause Sydney FC problems with their energetic pressing.
Sydney’s defensive record this season is astonishing, so how do you score against such a mean, stingy defence?
There is no right or wrong way to play football, but it is near-unanimous that Ange Postecoglou’s Brisbane Roar had an attractive style of play. Five years on from that groundbreaking era, John Aloisi has forged a new but still unmistakeable identity for Brisbane.
This season represents a period of transition for the Central Coast Mariners. Paul Okon is rebuilding from Tony Walmsley’s reign with a squad pieced together by the cast-offs of other A-League clubs combined with several promising but very raw youngsters. Results, and the style of play, have marginally improved, but these are the first steps in what is a long-term plan.
Melbourne City have utilised an intriguing back four/back three hybrid formation this season, with great tactical flexibility when playing out from the back
Besart Berisha deserves all the plaudits for his tremendous goal-scoring record, but his defensive work should not go unnoticed