Tim Cahill scored, but it wasn't enough to make our team of the week.
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Tim Cahill made his long-awaited A-League debut for Melbourne City and he didn't disappoint in the Melbourne derby, scoring a wonderful goal that went viral not long after he struck it. Despite that effort we couldn't find room for him in our team this week. There was a fairly even spread of players from across the five winning teams, with Perth Glory having three members and the other four clubs having two apiece. We have gone with a 3-5-2 formation this week and Newcastle captain Nigel Boogaard wears the armband for our team too.
A-League team of the week: Round 2
GK: Liam Reddy (Perth Glory)
DEF: Nigel Boogaard (Newcastle Jets, captain), Josh Risdon (Perth Glory), Joshua Rose (Melbourne City)
MID: Steven Ugarkovic (Newcastle Jets), Milos Ninkovic (Sydney FC), Mitch Nichols (Western Sydney Wanderers), Diego Castro (Perth Glory), Luke Brattan (Melbourne City)
FWD: Filip Holosko (Sydney FC), Brendon Santalab (Western Sydney Wanderers)
Liam Reddy (Perth Glory)
Made two great saves to deny Wellington's Gui Finkler and Roy Krishna, keeping a clean sheet in a much-improved performance over last week's effort.
Nigel Boogaard (Newcastle Jets, captain)
Organised the defence exceptionally well and was strong and focused down back, playing a key role in keeping Brisbane Roar goalless. Managed to score a rare goal when he found himself unmarked in the box from a set piece and buried the header convincingly.
Josh Risdon (Perth Glory)
Comfortably dealt with any attacking movements Wellington were able to offer, especially when they were applying early pressure, while also being able to press forward when required, providing a goal assist in the second half.
Joshua Rose (Melbourne City)
Defended brilliantly just like he did the week before against Wellington and was able to give his teammates a helping hand in the midfield battle.
Steven Ugarkovic (Newcastle Jets)
Was constantly able to break the lines in the Brisbane midfield and push forward and scored a superb goal to boot. Sensational all-round game.
Milos Ninkovic (Sydney FC)
Provided two assists in the 4-0 rout of the Mariners, including a superb bit of play for Sydney's first goal, which he created out of absolutely nothing, providing a silky pass for Filip Holosko to finish.
Mitch Nichols (Western Sydney Wanderers)
Always seemed to have too much pace and class for the Adelaide midfield and provided the assists for both of Brendon Santalab's goals.
Diego Castro (Perth Glory)
Displayed plenty of creativity to open up chances and was dangerous throughout the contest. Scored his second goal of the season with a well-taken penalty.
Luke Brattan (Melbourne City)
Melbourne City had so many dangerous looking players against Victory it was hard to single out the biggest threat, but Brattan was probably the man and he was rewarded with a well-deserved goal to seal the match early in the second half.
Filip Holosko (Sydney FC)
Unlucky to miss out on a jersey in last week's team of the week, Holosko was unstoppable this week scoring a brace against Central Coast including a well-timed run for the opening goal, while coolly slotting a penalty for his second.
Brendon Santalab (Western Sydney Wanderers)
Was the hero or the villain of the game, depending on what team you support. Not quite sure what Yoshi thought of Santalab's performance in this case. Santalab scored both goal after coming into the game as the super-sub, but his second goal came after a controversial challenge on James Holland only earned him a yellow card instead of a straight red.
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