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Goal's A-League Team of the Week: Keisuke Honda shines as Neil Kilkenny goes under the radar

01:14 GMT+3 22/10/2018
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These players stood out in Round 1

Every team got on the score sheet in the A-League's opening round for the first time in the competition's history in an eventful Round 1.

While the VAR inevitably stole some of the headlines, a number of players still managed to shine for their sides.

A few A-League debutants also made fast starts to their careers Down Under with a certain Japanese star particularly impressing.

Here's Goal's Team of the Week for Round 1...Who's in yours? 

  • Eugene Galekovic Melbourne City

    Eugene Galekovic

    The veteran shot stopper will be a hard man to dislodge between the sticks this season for City if this performance is anything to go by. Six very sharp saves in total and 13 recoveries meaning Mark Birighitti will have to bide his time on the bench. 
  • Scott Galloway Adelaide United

    Scott Galloway

    Took his goal very well after noticing Andrew Redmayne off his line and proved a handy asset down the left flank as he linked up well with Craig Goodwin. 
  • Michael Jakobsen

    Michael Jakobsen

    Has quickly added some real steel to the Reds backline and played a huge part in keeping the Sky Blues attack very quiet. 
  • Steven Taylor

    Steven Taylor

    The former Newcastle United defender forced the early own goal with a powerful header and looks like he'll be the heartbeat of a rejuvenated Nix outfit this season. 
  • Rithie de Laet

    Ritchie De Laet

    Was on hand to bang in the equaliser and was a constant menace getting forward. Did his duties in defence too, attempting a game-high five tackles. 
  • Neil Kilkenny

    Neil Kilkenny

    The type of player Tony Popovic must have always dreamed of having, the former City midfielder grabbed the assist for Glory's first and went close to adding another himself. Created a game-high five chances, completed more passes than anyone else and made five interceptions. 
  • Keisuke Honda Melbourne Victory

    Keisuke Honda

    The Melbourne Victory marquee took just 28 minutes to nod home his first A-League goal and enjoyed a brilliant individual debut. Created four chances, completed four tackles and made five interceptions. Lead his new team around superbly and will unsurprisingly be a player to watch this season. 
  • Luke Brattan Melbourne City

    Luke Brattan

    Was the heartbeat of an otherwise at times lifeless City side. Laid on a brilliant ball for Riley McGree's winner, created two chances overall and was allowed to have more of an influence in the attacking third with Kearyn Baccus picking up some of the defensive midfield slack. 
  • Tobias Mikkelsen Brisbane RoaR

    Tobias Mikkelsen

    The Danish winger had a lively A-League debut and should have picked up an assist was in not for Adam Taggart's wayward finishing in the first-half. Was a reliable distributer in the final third - boasting a passing accuracy of 94 percent.  
  • Adam Taggart Brisbane Roar

    Adam Taggart

    Yes, he missed a number of chances, but the sign of any good striker is a willingness to try and try again. With seven shots against the Mariners, that's exactly what Taggart did - with his one goal unlucky not to be two with the VAR denying him via a very tight offside call. There are better, sharper performances to come from Taggart, but he got himself in all the right areas against Central Coast and was the most involved striker in the A-League this round. 
  • Dimi Petratos Newcastle Jets

    Dimitri Petratos

    Fired home a superb consolation strike deep into injury-time for the Jets and was constantly looking to get his side flying. Seven shots in total, the second most passes, 11 crosses and a game-high nine recoveries summing up what was a very busy afternoon for the Socceroos winger.