A-League Team of the Week: Ono, Maclaren the heroes, Vukovic saves Glory

Goal Australia brings you the best XI from each round of the 2013-14 A-League season. Players from Perth Glory, Melbourne Victory and Central Coast feature prominently

Team Of The Week:



Perth Glory

Vukovic didn't have a lot to do against a lacklustre Melbourne Heart on Sunday, but he produced a crucial save to deny David Williams what would have been a dramatic late equaliser at nib Stadium. Mark Birighitti also deserves an honourable mention for keeping out Stein Huysegems in the Newcastle Jets' 0-0 draw away to Wellington Phoenix.


Central Coast

Perth Glory

Western Sydney

Sainsbury was terrific in defence during the Mariners' 1-0 victory over visitors Adelaide and nearly scored a late header to extend the margin. Thwaite returned to fitness and the Glory's starting line-up on Sunday and was a major reason for Heart's failure to threaten often. Polenz excelled in the Wanderers' convincing 2-0 derby win over Sydney FC, while Adrian Leijer was unlucky to miss out after impressing in Melbourne Victory's 1-0 win over Brisbane Roar.


Melbourne Victory

Central Coast

Shinji ONO
Western Sydney

Newcastle Jets

Nichols turned on the style against his former team at Etihad Stadium, while Fitzgerald took his early chance, which proved decisive against Adelaide at Bluetongue Stadium. Ono was on the scoresheet and his usual influential self as the Wanderers eased past Sydney FC, while Brillante's honest shift was one of the few bright points in the Jets' dour draw against the Phoenix in Napier.


Perth Glory

Melbourne Victory

Perth Glory

Sidnei gave Melbourne Heart plenty to worry about without gaining the reward his efforts deserved on Sunday, while team-mate Maclaren opened his Glory account with what proved to be winner. He needed a rebound to beat Andrew Redmayne and will soon be concerned about losing his place to the returning Shane Smeltz, but can bask in his match-winning goal for now. Troisi meanwhile had his best game yet in a Victory shirt during their narrow victory over the Roar.

Don't agree with our Team of the Week? Check out which players polled votes from our match reporters last weekend, and see who is leading Goal Australia's Player of the Season standings:

Melbourne Victory 1-0 Brisbane Roar (Michael Huguenin @ Etihad)

3 - Mitch Nichols (MVC)

2 - James Troisi (MVC)

1 - Adrian Leijer (MVC)

Central Coast Mariners 1-0 Adelaide United (Hamish Neal @ Bluetongue)

3 - Trent Sainsbury (CCM)

2 - Nick Fitzgerald (CCM)

1 - Sergio Cirio (ADL)

Sydney FC 0-2 Western Sydney Wanderers (John Greco @ Allianz)

3 - Shinji Ono (WSW)

2 - Jerome Polenz (WSW)

1 - Mateo Poljak (WSW)

Wellington Phoenix 0-0 Newcastle Jets (Emma Stoney)

3 - Andrew Hoole (NEW)

2- Josh Brillante (NEW)

1- Carlos Hernandez (WEL)

Perth Glory 1-0 Melbourne Heart (Ben Cameron @ nib Stadium)

3 - Sidnei (PER)

2 - Michael Thwaite (PER)

1 - Jamie Maclaren (PER)

Goal Australia Player of the Season (Standings after Round Three)

1st - Youssouf Hersi, Ivan Franjic (level on five points)

2nd - Sidnei (four points)

3rd - Carlos Hernandez, Mark Milligan, Alessandro Del Piero, Andrew Hoole, Shinji Ono, Trent Sainsbury, Mitch Nichols, Scott Neville, Matt McKay, David Williams, Fabio Ferreira, Pablo Contreras, Storm Roux (all level on three points) 

 What do you think? Did we miss anyone or include anyone who did not deserve it? Let us know below!

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