Hyundai A-League Team of the Week - Round 15

Perth Glory created their own slice of club history in Round 15 while there was also vital wins for Adelaide United, Brisbane Roar and Western United FC on a thrilling weekend of action.

Melbourne City were also winners to close the gap on league-leaders Sydney FC with an impressive performance against the struggling Newcastle Jets as the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Season begins to heat up.

But who were the players that stood out to earn a spot in this round's Team of the Week?

Read on to find out who made it in our 4-3-3 formation.

Goalkeeper

Paul Izzo (Adelaide United)

The Reds were out to avoid a fifth straight defeat and needed their gloveman to ensure they held on for all three points.

While he didn’t have a lot to do in the first-half at Coopers Stadium, Izzo earned his money after the break with four crucial saves.

He put his body on the line to deny an Elvis Kamsoba one-on-one while his stoppage-time save to keep out Andrew Nabbout’s effort was superb.

REPORT: Reds snap losing run as Halloran goal sinks struggling Victory

Paul Izzo made a number of vital stops as the Reds held on for a 1-0 win
Paul Izzo made a number of vital stops as the Reds held on for a 1-0 win

Defenders

Harrison Delbridge (Melbourne City)

The strapping central defender once again caught the eye for City with another imposing display in the win over Newcastle Jets.

Not only did he marshal the backline of Erick Mombaerts’ troops with aplomb, Delbridge threw his body in the way of a number of efforts at goal by the visitors.

His biggest contribution was a last-ditch goal-line clearance to deny Dimitri Petratos a goal which could have changed the game late on.

REACTION: City eye Glory scalp to make a statement says Delbridge

WATCH: Delbridge makes vital goal-line clearance

Connor Pain (Western United FC)

The United wing-back continues to be a regular for Mark Rudan’s side and it’s not hard to see why given his work-rate and threat down that flank.

Not only did Pain deal with the threat of youngster Lewis Miller on the Mariners right but he was a menace going the other way as well.

The 26-year-old created three chances – more than any other United player – and set up his side’s second goal with a great run and cut-back for Josh Risdon’s deflected strike.

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WATCH: Pain sets up United's second goal


Gregory Wuthrich (Perth Glory)

It's little wonder Glory have kept five clean sheets in their last six games given the form of the formidable back three.

While both Alex Grant and Tomi Mrcela both could have been included in this 11, Wuthrich gets the nod as much for his leadership, communication and distribution as his defensive nous.

The 25-year-old Swiss youth international contested 14 duels, made six clearances and a couple of timely interceptions and blocks to ensure Glory registered a club record sixth straight win.

Gregory Wuthrich was a tower of strength against the Wanderers
Gregory Wuthrich was a tower of strength against the Wanderers

Macaulay Gillesphey (Brisbane Roar)

The young Englishman delivered another flawless display as the Roar kept just their third clean sheet of the campaign to beat the high-flying Wellington Phoenix.

Gillesphey ensured Phoenix’s in-form attack only had fleeting moments – mainly in the first half – while he made nine clearances and one interception over the 90 minutes.

He’s remarkably composed for a 24-year-old who continues to improve with every outing in the Hyundai A-League.

REPORT: Roar deny Phoenix a club record as super-sub Wenzel-Halls scores impressive winner

Macaulay Gillesphey was a key factor in Roar keeping a clean sheet against Phoenix
Macaulay Gillesphey was a key factor in Roar keeping a clean sheet against Phoenix

Midfielders

Riley McGree (Adelaide United)

With the injured James Troisi watching from the stands, McGree took on even greater creative responsibility for the Reds in the win over Victory.

The 21-year-old was at his scheming best, covering every blade of the Coopers Stadium surface to inspire his side to a drought-breaking win.

Almost capped his all-action display with a stunning goal late on which went just wide of the post.

REACTION: Jakobsen says win over Victory is Adelaide’s new benchmark

WATCH: McGree inches away from a cracker

Max Burgess (Western United FC)

Playing in a more attacking role, Burgess justified his re-call to United’s starting side with a sensational performance in Geelong.

The Mariners couldn’t deal with Burgess’ movement and quality on the ball, with his silky skills setting up Besart Berisha’s second goal.

He would have had another assists if Panagiotis Kone’s shot hadn’t hit the crossbar, while he got even better after skipper Alessandro Diamanti went off injured which is a good sign for coach Mark Rudan.

REPORT: Diamanti injured as Berisha’s double ensures United sink the Mariners

WATCH: Burgess puts it on a plate for Berisha


Jake Brimmer (Perth Glory)

An injury to Spaniard Juande has opened the door for Brimmer to string some starts together and he has made the most of the opportunity.

The 22-year-old, who was once on the books of Liverpool, has formed a great partnership with Neil Kilkenny in the middle of the park and was excellent in the 1-0 win over the Wanderers.

Aside from his interception which set up Bruno Fornaroli’s winner, Brimmer’s distribution was excellent while he broke up a number of Wanderers attacks with his work-rate and tackling.

REPORT: Fornaroli goal the difference as Glory edge past Wanderers

WATCH: Brimmer sets up Fornaroli's match winner

Forwards

Besart Berisha (Western United FC)

How the Mariners must be sick of the site of the Hyundai A-League’s greatest-ever scorer!

Berisha showed his predatory instincts with two excellent finishes in the first half to finish with a double in his side’s 3-0 win and has now scored 18 goals against the Mariners, his most against a single team.

The veteran striker also moved into sixth spot on the all-time Australian National League scorers list with 124 from just 199 games.

REACTION: Flair and freshness key to United’s win says Berisha

WATCH: Berisha nods in Diamanti's cross

Dylan Wenzel-Halls (Brisbane Roar)

He might have only played the last 25 minutes but there’s little doubt the impact Wenzel-Halls had on deciding the outcome of this match.

The speedy attacker changed the game on his introduction off the bench, scoring with his first involvement as he nutmegged Steven Taylor before rifling his shot past the keeper.

Wenzel-Halls should have had an assist as well if not for one of the misses of the season from Brad Inman.

REACTION: ‘His attitude has been spot-on’: Fowler’s praise for workaholic Wenzel-Halls

WATCH: Wenzel-Halls with a moment of magic

Craig Noone (Melbourne City)

After a slow-ish start to life in the Hyundai A-League, Noone is starting to show the talent which saw him play in England’s Premier League.

The Jets struggled to contain the tricky winger, whose speed, dribbling skills and passing range was on full display.

Noone got the party started for City with an excellent goal inside eight minutes which gave keeper Lewis Italiano no chance.

REPORT: Clinical City outclass brave just to stay in Premiership hunt

WATCH: Noone curls in a peach of a goal against the Jets