02/03/2024
Team of the Week 3

The Inner Sanctum presents its A-League Team of the Week: Round 3. (Photos: Perth Glory; Newcastle Jets; Western United)

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performers in Round 3 of the A-League Men season.

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performing players that took part in Round 3 of the A-League Men season.

There were plenty of exciting games across the country in Round 3 of the A-League Men competition.

Macarthur FC climbed up to the top of the ladder after a hard-fought win against Central Coast, while Melbourne Victory lost their first game under Tony Popovic following a first-half red card.

Goalkeeper and defenders

GK: Filip Kurto (Macarthur FC)

Kurto managed to keep a clean sheet at Panthers Stadium despite conceding a grand total of 2.05 xG (according to FotMob). The Polish shot-stopper made eight saves including a very impressive display right at the end of the second half which secured the three points.

RB: Antonee Burke-Gilroy (Perth Glory)

The English-born right-back makes his second appearance in our TOTW following a mesmerising display against Melbourne Victory. Burke-Gilroy opened the scoring at AAMI Park with a curling effort, and provided a brilliant cross for Ciaran Bramwell for the second goal.

CB: Leo Lacroix (Western United)

Lacroix played like a man possessed in Western United’s win against reigning champions Melbourne City. The tall defender kept Socceroos star Jamie Maclaren quiet for the whole 90 minutes, and was arguably the best player on the pitch.

CB: Tomi Uskok (Macarthur FC)

It was a no-nonsense performance from the former Western defender who absolutely outplayed Moresche. He looked very comfortable throughout the whole game despite playing with a yellow card for more than 40 minutes.

LB: Moudi Najjar (Macarthur FC)

Najjar started his second game in an unorthodox left-wing-back position but really impressed, causing all sorts of trouble for Storm Roux. Got on the end of a couple of crosses and was unlucky not to cap off his good performance with a goal.

Midfielders

DM: Paulo Retre (Sydney FC)

Some Sydney fans might disagree, but Retre had a very strong game in the draw against the Jets. He ran the midfield alongside Anthony Caceres and provided an excellent pre-assist for Elvis Kamsoba’s goal.

CM: Alessandro Diamanti (Western United)

On his day, there aren’t many better players in Australia. Diamanti assisted the only goal of the game with a phenomenal through-ball and impressed with his pressing even at the age of 38.

AM: Daniel Penha (Newcastle Jets)

Penha has been nothing short of brilliant since joining the Jets. He started slowly but grew into the game and picked up two assists via some perfectly weighted passes.

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Forwards

RW: Dylan Wenzel-Halls (Western United)

Wenzel-Halls scored the goal that won the game for United. One shot – one goal. After the game, John Aloisi was full of praise for his young striker, who is settling in well to life in Melbourne with goals in back-to-back matches.

ST: Adam Le Fondre (Sydney FC)

Le Fondre was Sydney’s best performer on Saturday night. The veteran opened the scoring from the spot, after Jack Duncan had brought down Milos Ninkovic, and provided the assist for Kamsoba’s second. Sadly for the Englishman, he was on the wrong end of the referee’s decision when his second goal of the night was ruled out by VAR.

LW: Valentino Yuel (Newcastle Jets)

Yuel has been the man in form for Arthur Papas’ team since the start of the season. He scored an impressive brace to win a point for his team and was a constant menace for the Sky Blue defenders.

A-League Men Team of the Week: Round 3

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