In round 4 Glory moved clear at the top, a thriller was played out in Mudgee, whilst the Phoenix and Mariners continued to struggle. But who made our team of the week? Time to find out.
GK – Jamie Young
Young features again in our team of the week despite conceding twice in Mudgee, even though there was nothing he could do about either of the goals. The Englishman did very well to save Riera’s initial penalty for the Wanderer’s second but of course the match will be remembered for a nasty incident involving the goalkeeper, where he was inexplicably racially abused by a member of the home crowd. Absolutely intolerable in the modern game and the FFA must hand out an acceptable punishment.
RB – Rhyan Grant
It seems like there is a battle going on between Grant and Ritchie De Laet at the moment for the best right-back in the league as they seem to be interchanging at the position in our team each week. But it’s the Sydney man who gets in this week, capping off his Socceroos call-up by providing a lovely cross to set up Alex Brosque for the Sky Blues opener in Newcastle.
RCB – Dino Djulbic
To say that Perth have options defensively would be an understatement. Tomislav Mrcela goes out, Djulbic comes in and doesn’t put a foot wrong in Adelaide. Tony Popovic may have a tough decision to make on his back three after the international break.
LCB – Shane Lowry
Lowry features for the third straight week after once again completely shutting down his direct opponent. Although he was up against the inexperienced Apostolos Stamatelopoulos, Lowry kept with him stride for stride and even when the youngster did get on the ball, it was often in ineffective areas.
LB – Jason Davidson
Another Perth player who keeps coming up trumps for Popovic. Davidson faced another tough test on Sunday against the pacey Ben Halloran, but passed with flying colours whilst once again making an impact the other way. To be honest, he might have been a bit unlucky not to have made Graham Arnold’s squad of 27 for South Korea and Lebanon.