Round 16 in Review

We take a look back at an absorbing Round 16 of the Hyundai A-League, which saw many players submit their contender for goal of the season.

Brisbane Roar 2-1 Wellington Phoenix

The match featuring the table-topping Roar against a Phoenix side fresh from a 5-0 triumph lived up to the pre-game hype, with the hosts snatching all 3 points in an absorbing encounter.

Belying their awful record at Suncorp Stadium, Wellington dominated the early stages of the contest, having a plethora of possession and being incisive on the counter.

This early graft was rewarded in the 36th minute when Stein Huysegems opened the scoring, netting his 8th goal of the season from close range after a defensive mix-up from Theo and Jade North.

The goal was the spur needed for the Roar to kick into gear, and this shift in momentum should have brought a goal, but for an awful miss from Henrique.

After half-time, Miky Mulvey-s men continued their mid-game resurgence and drew level though debutante Devante Clut.

The youngster, dubbed the next Tom Rogic, did a great impersonation of the Socceroo, showing great poise and skill to volley home a contender for goal of the season.

With the match into its dying embers, Luke Bratton sent a piledriver from 25 metres into the net, to give Brisbane 3 points and send the home fans into delirium.

Adelaide United 2-2 Melbourne Heart

Following on from their first win of the season, Melbourne Heart came to Coopers Stadium with a renewed confidence.

The away side welcomed Orlando Engelaar into the starting XI for the first time and had the better of the early preceding-s, with Harry Kewell a constant danger.

However, it was to be the home side that opened the scoring through Bruce Djite.

Awer Mabil was found at the back post and drew a sublime stop from Andrew Redmayne, whose parry unfortunately for the Heart, was headed home gleefully by the talismanic striker.

Midway through the second half, Melbourne equalised from the spot, with Harry Kewell erasing demons from his penalty miss against Sydney FC coolly sending Galekovic the wrong way.

And with 10 minutes remaining the away side were set for a second consecutive win after Patrick Kisnorbo slammed a header home from a Ramsey free-kick.

They would not be able to hang on though, as Ryan Griffiths all too easily drew the host-s level in injury time from a corner, with the defending described by commentator Andy Harper as similar to a caramello koala.

Central Coast 3-0 Newcastle Jets

The second F3 Derby of the season was over by the interval, as the Mariners found top gear to leave interim Jets coach Clayton Zane with a lot to ponder.

Mariners coach made a bold statement at the selection table, leaving the returning captain John Hutchinson on the bench.

Within 15 minutes the move proved inspired, as the man replacing Hutchinson, Anthony Caceres, hitting a cracking goal from long range to open the scoring.

Not to be outdone by his younger teammate, Daniel McBreen doubled the scoring soon after with his own sublime curler from outside the area.

As the half wore on the game was put to bed, when it should have been brought back to life.

Adam Taggart, one of the Jets best, found Emile Heskey through on goal, but the former Liverpool forward spooned his chance over the bar.

Within seconds the Mariners had scored, with Matt Simon heading home a Mile Sterjovski corner.

The Jets tried to muster a response in the second half, but the deficit proved insurmountable.

Melbourne Victory 0-5 Sydney FC

In a truly remarkable result, Sydney FC claimed their biggest away win in history, only a week after one of their worst defeats.

The Sky Blues had all the running early, with the midfield duo of Terry McFlynn and Alessandro Del Piero running the show.

After 10 minutes they opened the scoring when Ranko Despotovic brilliantly netted his fifth of the season, after controlling a raking ball from McFlynn.

The Serbian was in the action minutes later, drawing a foul from Adrian Leijer inside the penalty box, which allowed Del Piero to double Sydney-s lead.

In a stunning half hour, Sydney added a third through former Melbourne Victory defender Seb Ryall, who slalomed through the Victory midfield and defence before poking the ball home.

Sydney continued the performance for 90 minutes and were rewarded in the second half through goals from ADP and Nick Carle, both coming from turnovers engineered by Sydney-s pressing game plan.

Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 Perth Glory

Danny Vukovic being the standout player of the fixture highlighted the resounding nature of the Wanderers win over Perth.

An outstanding first half saw the Wanderers produce their best football of the season, dismantling the Glory and being unlucky to only find themselves 2-0 up at the break

Brendan Santalab and Aaron Mooy were given rare starts by Tony Popovic and both repaid their managers faith, each netting within the first 35 minutes.

The interval seemed to slow the Wanderers, which Perth duly capitalised on when Shane Smeltz pounced on a delightful Chris Harold cross.

The Wanderers, though would not be denied and shored up all 3 points after 71 minutes through Mark Bridge.