The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performing players that took part in Round 15 of the A-League Men season.
In Game Week 15 of the Isuzu UTE A-League, we saw Melbourne Victory finally break their winless streak, while Perth’s relocation to Tasmania gave Daniel Sturridge the chance to make his fourth appearance of the season.
Following the latest set of games we’ve compiled the best XI from the stand-out performers, here is The Inner Sanctum’s Team of the Week.
Goalkeeper and defenders
GK: Oliver Sail (Wellington Phoenix)
Sail didn’t keep a clean sheet against Sydney FC, but his performance was still fantastic. The All-Whites goalkeeper made seven saves, including six from inside his own box.
RB: Rhyan Grant (Sydney FC)
Grant was one of the standouts for Sydney against the Nix. It was actually his cross that lead to the Sky Blues finally finding a way past the impenetrable Oli Sail. Grant also made three tackles and completed three key passes.
CB: Tomoki Imai (Western United)
Imai did concede an unfortunate penalty, but aside from that, his performance was first-class. He assisted United’s first goal with a great long pass and defended their lead superbly in the dying minutes.
CB: Rostyn Griffiths (Melbourne City)
While Tilio grabbed the headlines as Kisnorbo’s men got back to winning ways, Griffiths was the unsung hero at the back, helping them keep their second clean sheet. The veteran set the tone with his sharp passing, completing a grand total of 14 long balls which helped City progress play.
LB: Ben Garuccio (Western United)
Two goals, including a scorpion kick, should be more than enough to earn a striker or a winger a place in any Team of the Week, let alone a left-back. Breath-taking stuff from Garuccio!
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CM: Max Burgess (Sydney FC)
Burgess continues to flourish in a central role for Corica’s side. The ex-Nix player ran the show against his former team, creating numerous chances (three key passes) with his smart passing and silky dribbling (three dribbles completed). He was also unlucky not to score, with his shot hitting the crossbar.
CM: Florin Berenguer (Melbourne City)
Second consecutive appearance for the Frenchman in our TOTW. Berenguer provided an excellent assist for Jamie Maclaren’s opener and kept things ticking for City in the absence of Metcalfe.
AM: Marco Tilio (Melbourne City)
Absolutely sensational Man of the Match display from the young Socceroo. He made two assists, forced a red card, and lead his team in almost every possible attacking stat.
RW: Gael Sandoval (Wellington Phoenix)
The Mexican winger was once again a difference-maker for the Nix, creating loads of problems to the Sydney midfield and defence. He was particularly impressive in transition and provided the assist for his team’s only goal.
ST: Aleksandar Prijovic (Western United)
Prijovic slots into our number nine role after his best A-League game up to date. The 31-year-old goal-getter scored his fourth of the season against the Wanderers but also turned provider with two beautiful assists.
LW: Craig Noone (Macarthur FC)
Noone starred for the Bulls at Campbelltown Stadium against Adelaide. He scored the goal which gave Macarthur the lead and was their main playmaker, creating the most chances (five), completing the most dribbles (nine), and making five key passes.
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