The Sky Blues backline dominates our XI this week after helping to keep the Wanderers quiet in the derby, while Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar are also well represented
More gremlins in the system mean Sasa Ognenovski has to put up with a Brisbane Roar shirt here, but we simply couldn't overlook the former AFC Champions League winner after his tremendous performance on Saturday night. The towering centre-back hardly put a foot wrong and was instrumental in keeping his hot-headed colleagues in line. That includes Ali Abbas, who gets the nod at left-back after slotting home Sydney's third goal from the penalty spot despite having been the alleged victim of racial or cultural abuse, a matter which is now under FFA investigation.
Leigh Broxham had to fill in for the undermanned Melbourne Victory at centre-back and acquitted himself well in their 3-1 win at home to Central Coast, earning himself a spot on the team.
Jason Geria stepped up to the starting XI after Adama Traore was a late withdrawal in the same game. Scott Galloway moved across to left-back and Geria did well on the right-hand side of the back four, keeping the likes of Bernie Ibini quiet, although he did let Mitchell Duke reach the byline to put in a dangerous cross which the Mariners should have scored from in the first half. Nevertheless, an improved effort from the promising - if inconsistent - youngster gets him a spot in our Team of the Week.
Stay cool young man | Ognenovski tries to talk some sense into an enraged Abbas
Kenny Cunningham occupies one of three berths in central midfield after the converted forward produced another energetic, committed display for Wellington in the middle of the park, notching the equaliser in their 1-1 draw at home to Perth Glory. Jimmy Jeggo is in the centre after opening the scoring and playing well for the Victory on Friday, having made a rare first-team start in the absence of captain Mark Milligan. Matt McKay turned in a vintage display for the Roar as they saw off the challenge of in-form Adelaide United 2-1 at Suncorp Stadium.
McKay's team-mate Besart Berisha notched both of the Roar's goals in that win and leads the line in our Team of the Week. The Reds' Spanish forward Cirio was a frequent menace without reward for the visitors in Brisbane, particularly in the first half. He gets one of the wide attacking berths, with Adam Taggart taking the other after netting the winner in the Jets' 1-0 triumph over Melbourne Heart, prompting calls from coach Clayton Zane for the Newcastle youngster to be taken to the World Cup in Brazil.