A-League team of the week - Week 19: Derby victors lead lines

The pressurised air of the Melbourne derby brought out the best in a host of players, particularly for the victors - So who made Goal.com's A-League team of the week?
GOAL.com Indonesia   By KIERAN JONES


Team Of The Week:

Week 19



Nathan COE
Melbourne Victory

Coe fended off fellow Melbourne derby goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne and Sydney FC's Vedran Janjetovic for this week's spot. Coe was superb in the derby and pulled off two incredible saves in the first half to keep Victory's lead intact, one from a deflected shot inside the box.  The other was a flying save in the top right corner from a free kick.


Melbourne Victory

Sebastian RYALL
Sydney FC

Melbourne Victory

Melbourne Heart

Galloway was the focus of plenty of media attention in the build up to the derby but seemed to thrive under pressure in his debut. He was quick, skilful and - most importantly for someone so young - decisive. Ryall and Leijer edge out Andrew Durante in the middle of defence. Ryall was influential against the Newcastle Jets and pushed forward to create a chance for himself late in the game. Leijer had to deal with Josip Tadic [briefly] and the returning Eli Babalj as th Heart surged early in the match and then after their goal in the second period, and handled himself with aplomb. Walker was caught out in for Thompson in the first goal but recovered well and was the best on the left this week.


Western Sydney

Melbourne Victory

Youssouf HERSI
Western Sydney

Hersi is fast becoming one of the most dangerous wingers in the competition, and it showed against Adelaide as he hammered home two goals in a scintillating 10 minutes, also setting up another. The winger showed he still has enough pace in those 30-year-old legs to worry defenders and was not afraid to venture in to the middle of the park either. In the middle of this trio is Flores, who has taken a back seat at Victory this season as Rojas and Thompson thrive. Flores released Thompson for the first goal then was awarded the penalty which led to the second goal. His creative flair has slowly come to the fore under Postecoglou this season. McGlinchey put in another solid performance for the Mariners and scored early to give Central Coast the early lead. The three men in this week’s midfield make for an attacking force which both create and score heavily.


Bernie IBINI
Central Coast

Melbourne Victory

Brisbane Roar

In this front three this week we have two attacking enigmas of the game in Berisha and Ibini. Berisha is the man many love to hate, but he showed his quality against the Mariners as he registered a double against the league's best. Along with that, he was able to get under the skin of the opposition and ignite a fight back from his teammates which almost won them the game. Ibini sometimes looks laconic on the pitch, but his effort on Friday was unquestionable. Playing on the right, Ibini had a great battle with Shane Sefanutto, which was one of the highlights of the game. In the middle is Thompson, whose fancy footwork was causing Heart trouble all derby. Thompson created several chances and was calm when he needed to be as he slotted home his seventh goal of the season.

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