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A-League team of the week: Round 22



Jordan Elsey has signed a one-year extension with his hometown A-League club Adelaide United.
Adelaide defender Jordan Elsey was one of four Reds in our team this week.
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The inevitable has happened and the most in-form side in the competition has finally gone to the top of the table after an incredible unbeaten streak. The Reds continue to look unstoppable with a 4-0 demolition of Wellington Phoenix earning them four caps in our team of the week. The side also has a fairly high ratio of internationals this week, with five internationals in the team, including our captain Matthieu Delpierre and our keeper Thomas Sorensen. As usual we have gone with a 3-4-3 formation again this week.

A-League team of the week: Round 22
GKP: Thomas Sorensen (Melbourne City)
DEF: Dylan McGowan (Adelaide United), Jordan Elsey (Adelaide United), Matthieu Delpierre (Melbourne Victory) (Captain)
MID: Fahid Ben Khalfallah (Melbourne Victory), Gyorgy Sandor (Perth Glory), Jai Ingham (Melbourne Victory), Stefan Mauk (Adelaide United)
FWD: Bruno Fornaroli (Melbourne City), Jamie Maclaren (Brisbane Roar), Craig Goodwin (Adelaide United)

GOALKEEPER
Thomas Sorensen (Melbourne City)
Remarkably, given the 3-0 scoreline, Sorensen was called into action more time than his opposite number, Vedran Janjetovic. Sorensen faced 12 shots to eight from Janjetovic and was called on to make three saves to the Sydney shot-stoppers two. It was a composed performance as usual from the Melbourne City gloveman.

DEFENDERS
Dylan McGowan (Adelaide United)
Scored the opening goal of the game after working himself into some space at a corner and played a crucial role in the defensive set-up keeping a clean sheet, finishing the match with a massive eight interceptions.

Jordan Elsey (Adelaide United)
Another crucial player in helping the Reds keep a clean sheet against Wellington. As well as being rock solid down back, he also provided the assist for McGowan's goal.

Matthieu Delpierre (Melbourne Victory) (Captain)
Had no problems shutting down Central Coast's Roy O'Donovan and played an important role in helping Victory keep a clean sheet, winning 10 interceptions. He also had a passing accuracy of 91 per cent.

MIDFIELDERS
Fahid Ben Khalfallah (Melbourne Victory)
Returned to playing some of his best football in the win over the Mariners. He made three tackles, won two interceptions, put in four crosses and a shot assist as well as scoring a late goal to seal the win.

Gyorgy Sandor (Perth Glory)
Scored Perth's second goal after running hard to capitalise on some clever work from Diego Castro. Combined well with Krisztian Vadocz to dominate the midfield battle against Newcastle.

Jai Ingham (Melbourne Victory)
With Kosta Barbarouses and Oliver Bozanic missing from the Victory line-up, someone had to step up and that man was Ingham, who delivered the assists for both goals against the Mariners in a magnificent performance.

Stefan Mauk (Adelaide United)
Showed his class when scoring Adelaide's second goal and was a constant threat when involved in attacking plays. Really seems to be finding his feet with his new team.

FORWARDS
Bruno Fornaroli (Melbourne City)
His hat trick against Sydney FC saw him break the record for the most goals in the home and away season. With five rounds still remaining before the finals, Fornaroli has 20 goals, already besting the 19-goal record Besart Berisha set with Brisbane Roar in the 2010-11 season.

Jamie Maclaren (Brisbane Roar)
Doing his chances of Socceroos selection no harm as he continues to pile on the goals this season. He scored a brace against Western Sydney, to take his tally to 14 goals for the season and looks to have far too much pace and goal sense for most defenders this season.

Craig Goodwin (Adelaide United)
Provided a clinical cross for Bruce Djite's goal and made some marauding runs down the flanks to constantly threaten against Wellington.

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