A-League Men Team of the Week: Round 26

The Inner Sanctum's Round 26 A-League Men Team of the Week. (Photo: Central Coast Mariners; Melbourne City; Melbourne Victory)

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performing players that took part in the final Round 26 of the A-League Men season.

The Final Round of the A-League Men’s season was a real epitome of the 2021/22 campaign. It had exciting derbies, brilliant solo goals, some fan action, and of course, excellent individual performances.

Following the latest set of fixtures, we’ve compiled the best XI from the stand-out performers, in The Inner Sanctum’s Team of the Week.

Goalkeeper and defenders

GK: Filip Kurto (Macarthur FC)

The Polish shot-stopper bounced back from a disappointing game against Newcastle, which saw him concede three goals, by earning a point for Ante Milicic in his final game in charge of Macarthur. Kurto made eight saves and was crucial for his team.

RB: Jason Geria (Melbourne Victory)

Once again a fantastic display from Geria who has become a mainstay in our TOTW. The former Perth full-back had a positive attacking performance, scoring his second goal of the season, balanced with some resilient defending.

CB: Brandan Hamill (Melbourne Victory)

Hamill was excellent in the absence of injured veteran, Matt Spiranovic, defending expertly and scoring his third goal of the campaign, after a beautiful pass from Francesco Margiotta.

CB: Kye Rowles (Central Coast Mariners)

Rowles put in an assured display as the Mariners eased past the Jets. Didn’t exactly do anything too spectacular on the ball, but was very confident in his defensive work, helping his team to a third consecutive clean sheet.

LB: Ryan Kitto (Adelaide United)

Even discounting his extraordinary goal in Adelaide’s 2-1 win over Western United, Kitto put in a fine performance in general as he continues to impress down the left-hand side.

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Midfielders

DM: Taras Gomulka (Melbourne City)

Gomulka was the hero for City in their crucial game against Wellington at AAMI Park. The youngster was involved in both goals, via his corner deliveries, forcing the opener and pre-assisting Jamie Maclaren’s second.

CM: Jake Brimmer (Melbourne Victory)

Brimmer retains his spot in The Inner Sanctum’s TOTW after another standout game. He scored Victory’s second goal in the Big Blue with a pinpoint free-kick and assisted Jason Geria’s header from a corner.

Forwards

RW: Marco Rojas (Melbourne Victory)

Picked up his seventh assist of the season in the first half and tormented the Sydney defence throughout the whole game. Tony Popovic must be really confident going into the finals, knowing that he has an in-form Rojas on his side.

ST: Jamie Maclaren (Melbourne City)

Scored his 15th goal of the season to clinch the Premier’s Plate for City and win his third consecutive Golden Boot award. The first player to do so in the history of the A-Leauge Men.

ST: Jason Cummings (Central Coast Mariners)

Scored his 10th goal of the season with a delightful finish in the F3 derby and was once again a real menace, starting alongside Marcos Urena.

LW: Beni N’Kololo (Central Coast Mariners)

Similar to the last derby between the two sides, N’Kololo was too good for the Jets’ defenders. He scored his seventh goal of the season and worked tirelessly, making two key passes, creating two big chances, and making six-ball recoveries.

A-League Team of the Week: Round 26 (Design: Will Cuckson)

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