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Shane Smeltz's four goals ensured he was first picked, while players of finals-bound sides similarly dominated - check out who made Goal.com's A-League team of the week

A-League

Team Of The Week:

Week 25

Table/Results


GOALKEEPER

Mat RYAN
Central Coast Mariners

The Young Socceroo put in another assured performance under pressure, pulling off a number of great saves against the Phoenix. Despite not receiving the Premiers Plate in Wellington - much to the dismay of Graham Arnold - Ryan was instrumental in clinching top spot for Mariners.

DEFENDERS

Matt JURMAN
Brisbane Roar



Patrick ZWAANSWIJK
Central Coast Mariners



CASSIO
Adelaide United


Stand in captain for Adelaide's final A-League game of the season, Cassio worked tirelessly and his teasing cross resulted in a penalty for the Reds. Zwaanswijk enjoyed another solid performance, linking up well with Matt Ryan in goal to thwart the Phoenix on numerous occasions. With Ange Postecoglou opting to rest Matt Smith and Mohamed Adnan, Jurman stepped up to show why he was signed to replace Luke DeVere in the offseason. The former Sydney FC defender was defensively sound while offering plenty going forward, and most importantly proved a wise head next to Roar debutant James Donachie.


MIDFIELDERS

Nick FITZGERALD
Brisbane Roar




Brandon O'NEIL
Perth Glory



Brett EMERTON
Sydney FC



ANDREZINHO
Perth Glory



Fitzgerald played a pivotal role in Brisbane's come-from-behind win over Gold Coast United. His introduction after being introduced proved a masterstroke, with the youngster lifting the intensity of the match and netting a goal of his own. Emerton showed his class for against the Jets, setting up Sydney's first and third goal. His range of passing and crossing was a joy to watch. O'Neil, 17, started his first match for the Glory and was not overwhelmed by the opportunity, controlling the midfield with Jacob Burns sidelined by injury. It was a night to forget for Melbourne Victory defenders, especially Matt Foschini who was run ragged by the energetic Andrezinho. The Brazilian displayed tremendous skill to set up Smeltz for Glory's first and then whipped in a delightful cross to hand the New Zealand international his second of the game.


FORWARDS

Joel CHIANESE
Sydney FC



Shane SMELTZ
Perth Glory


Eli BABALJ
Melbourne Heart


How can you go past Smeltz? His four-goal haul against the Victory saw him overtake Archie Thompson as the A-League's highest all time goal-scorer. Chianese's barnstorming first half saw him claim a brace and Sydney a spot in the finals series. The Heart's Babalj was a constant threat throughout against Adelaide and rounded off his imposing display with a brilliant solo effort.



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