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A-League team of the week: Round 1

Sydney FC defender Matt Jurman (L) has been named the club's player of the year.
Matthew Jurman led the defence well for the Sky Blues.
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The A-League season finally returned on the weekend and it was hard not to be impressed by the Sydney derby, with a record number of fans getting along to see the match. The Sky Blues dominated with a 4-0 victory and they also dominate our squad this week with four players in our team including our captain – Danny Vukovic. Melbourne City might not have grabbed the headlines in the same way, but they were not far behind Sydney, with three of their players making our squad, while Perth Glory were the only other side to have multiple representatives this week. We have gone with the popular 4-3-3 formation this week.

A-League team of the week: Round 1
GK: Danny Vukovic (Sydney FC, captain)
DEF: Luke DeVere (Brisbane Roar), Matthew Jurman (Sydney FC), Joshua Rose (Melbourne City), Connor Chapman (Melbourne City)
MID: Diego Castro (Perth Glory), Anthony Caceres (Melbourne City), Brandon O'Neill (Sydney FC)
FWD: Bobo (Sydney FC), Adam Taggart (Perth Glory), Roy O'Donovan (Central Coast Mariners)

Danny Vukovic (Sydney FC, captain)
Kept a brilliant clean sheet in his first game for the Sky Blues, making six saves against the Wanderers including a wonderful effort to deny Mitch Nichols in a one-on-one opportunity.

Luke DeVere (Brisbane Roar)
Had a great game in defence, working hard to deny Victory, blocking two shots on goal, winning three interceptions and keeping a passing accuracy of 85 per cent. His goal at the death to rescue a point for the Roar was fairly lucky, but showed a determination to just keep the ball alive in a dangerous position.

Matthew Jurman (Sydney FC)
Without Seb Ryall in the team, Jurman led the defence well for the Sky Blues playing a key role in his side's clean sheet. He made 10 clearances during the match and finished with seven interceptions in a wonderful display.

Joshua Rose (Melbourne City)
With City forced to defend their 1-0 lead after being reduced to 10 men for the final half hour of the game, the defenders put in a massive effort. Rose was one of the stars for City, making six tackles and five clearances as he worked tirelessly to deny Wellington.

Connor Chapman (Melbourne City)
Much like Rose, he worked hard to deny Wellington when the going got tough, winning nine interceptions for the match and organising the defence well.

Diego Castro (Perth Glory)
A fairly productive night for the Glory star, scoring the team's third goal, providing an assist for another while keeping a passing accuracy of 88 per cent. Not a bad effort considered he was rested in the 78th minute.

Anthony Caceres (Melbourne City)
Showed great composure to score the only goal in Melbourne City's 1-0 win against Wellington. Unfortunately found himself subbed out of the action as the team had to try and defend the lead once they were reduced to 10 men.

Brandon O'Neill (Sydney FC)
Absolutely dominated the midfield battle against the Wanderers, winning five interceptions and keeping a passing accuracy of 87 per cent. Scored a goal with a superb free kick in the 83rd minute, which was the icing on the cake.

Bobo (Sydney FC)
Scored a goal with a simple tap in on his A-League debut and always looked dangerous. He also provided an assist for another of the team's goals and had one further shot denied.

Adam Taggart (Perth Glory)
Had four shots on target, half of which he converted in a brilliant first half against the Central Coast Mariners. A lack of match fitness saw him benched after 63 minutes, after which Perth Glory fell away badly.

Roy O'Donovan (Central Coast Mariners)
Never stopped trying even when the cause looked hopeless against the Glory and was eventually rewarded with two goals and helped his side earn an unlikely point against the competition favourites.

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