Team of the Week, presented by Bunnings Warehouse - Matchweek 14
Melbourne City, Macarthur FC and Adelaide United were the big movers in Matchweek 14, as Central Coast Mariners saw their gap at the top dwindle down to just one point.
The Reds are within touching distance of the Mariners in second spot after securing a 1-0 win over Sydney FC in the final game of the Matchweek. City, meanwhile, romped to a 4-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday night to send the Red and Black tumbling into fifth by the end of the weekend.
Macarthur FC beat Wellington Phoenix 1-0 to move behind Adelaide and City into fourth on the table. The Bulls now sit one win off the Mariners at the top, after Alen Stajcic's side drew 1-1 to Melbourne Victory. It was an impressive result for Grant Brebner and his Victorian outfit, putting an end to a four-game losing streak.
Perth Glory enjoyed a 2-1 win over Newcastle Jets to move into seventh, now just two points off the Sky Blues occupying the final spot in the top six.
Read on to see who made our 4-3-3 formation in the Team of the Week for Matchweek 14, presented by Bunnings Warehouse.
Joe Gauci - Adelaide United
It was a dream maiden clean sheet for Adelaide United stopper Joe Gauci, who pulled off a magnificent save at the death to deny Sydney FC a point in a 1-0 victory to the Reds.
The 20-year-old clinched his first A-League shutout with four saves, getting busy deep in the second half to ensure Adelaide's winning streak extended to six games.
Ivan Franjic - Macarthur FC
Franjic added a clean sheet to an offensively-minded display operating up and down the right wing in a 1-0 Macarthur win over Wellington.
The wing-back played in four crosses and created four chances for the Bulls - the most of any player in the game. He also made three clearances and two interceptions to go with his key role in creating Macarthur's only goal in the 1-0 win.
Darryl Lachman - Perth Glory
A maiden A-League goal highlighted Lachman's battling performance in defence as a ten-man Perth Glory clinched a 2-1 win over Newcastle Jets on Saturday night.
Lachman scored his side's second of the night before his centre-back partner Jonathan Aspropotamitis was sent off in the first half, leaving Perth a man down for more than an hour of play.
Glory reshuffled their defence to mitigate the damage, then conceded to the Jets in the second half to set up a nervy finish. But Lachman helped his team hold on, winning four of his five duels and making seven clearances as Perth secured the 2-1 victory.
Ryan McGowan - Sydney FC
The Sky Blues ended on the losing side in a 1-0 defeat to Adelaide United, but if not for a second-half penalty awarded to the Reds the reigning Champions would have held onto a well-earned clean sheet thanks to an astute defensive effort led by McGowan.
The central defender put on a solid display alongside Alex Wilkinson. McGowan won eight of his 12 duels, two of his three tackles and made seven clearances and two interceptions to go with an 81.7% accuracy from his 31 passes.
Scott Jamieson - Melbourne City
The Melbourne City captain continues to impress on his side's six-game winning streak.
There was no clean sheet for Jamieson and City this Matchweek in a 4-1 win over the Wanderers. But after conceding the first goal Jamieson helped to shut up shop down back, taking 103 touches and playing 85 passes at 85.9% accuracy, making four clearances, playing two crosses and creating one chance throughout an impressive 88-minute shift.
Denis Genreau - Macarthur FC
Genreau netted the winning goal in an otherwise tight contest between Macarthur FC and Wellington Phoenix.
The Bulls midfielder created two chances for his side, and passed 50 times at an accuracy of 86%. The 21-year-old won nine of 14 duels and popped up in the right place at the right time to secure all three points for Macarthur.
MW14 REPORT: Wellington Phoenix 0-1 Macarthur FC
Neil Kilkenny - Perth Glory
Perth were made to work extremely hard for all three points against the Jets, and Kilkenny led his side's undermanned efforts to stave off the visitors with one less player on the park.
Kilkenny had a game-high of 72 passes in midfield for Perth, distributing with a 91.7% accuracy. He also played in three crosses and created one chance: an assist to Lachman from a well-placed corner in the first half.
Jake Brimmer - Melbourne Victory
Brimmer has performed valiantly for Victory through tough times this season, and was the brightest spark in his side's brave 1-1 draw with the league-leading Mariners in Matchweek 14.
The midfielder created the most chances (three) of any player on the park, including the assist for Callum McManaman's early Victory goal, and played 39 passes at over 84% accuracy.
Craig Goodwin - Adelaide United
Goodwin scored his fourth goal in five games since returning to Adelaide United on Sunday afternoon, to help the Reds sink the Sky Blues and go six games unbeaten.
Goodwin has notched at least one goal or assist in each of his five games on his United comeback. The wide-man played in 12 crosses and created four chances for his side before stepping up to the penalty spot to net the decisive goal in a tightly-contested affair.
MW14 REPORT: Adelaide United 1-0 Sydney FC
Andrew Nabbout - Melbourne City
Nabbout's spent the early stage of his City career providing chances aplenty to his new teammates, before the Socceroos forward got in on the act with his first goal for the club against the Wanderers.
Nabbout scored one and assisted another in a three-minute spell against the Red and Black. Nabbout's combination with Noone off the left flank brought continual danger to the Wanderers defence.
Craig Noone - Melbourne City
Noone played a hand in all four of City's goals in a demolition job against the Wanderers.
The Englishman brought his side level in the first half with an inventive free-kick before assisting Andrew Nabbout's first goal for the club in the second 45. Noone secured his brace minutes later, before playing in the corner which led to Jamie Maclaren's stoppage-time half-volley as cITY overpowered the Wanderers to secure a huge win at AAMI Park.
Noone created eight chances and laid 16 crosses into the box to go with the two goals and assist on a memorable night.
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