Another memorable week of the A-League with Central Coast Mariners managing to keep their first clean sheet in more than 600 days Western United to leapfrog into the top six of the table.
Western Sydney Wanderers fell to Melbourne City following a dubious penalty call which promoted some Markus Babbel fireworks. Sydney FC made sure there was no revenge, convincingly defeating Perth Glory in the Grand Final rematch.
Elsewhere, Adelaide United triumphed in the Original Rivalry, with Melbourne Victory’s Marco Kurz now under serious pressure and Wellington Phoenix collected their first win of the league campaign, taking down Robbie Fowler’s Brisbane Roar.
Here is a look at five standout performances from round seven of the A-League.
A lot has changed over the past couple of months for Kamau. In pre-season, he was adapting well to his new role as a wingback part of Markus Babbel’s three at the back formation.
Just before the start of the season he injured his groin to hamper his strong form and has forced Babbel back to his regular formation from last year. Western Sydney have earned some hard-fought points in the meantime, but they’ve rarely looked like a coherent attacking unit.
They still aren’t the finished product, but Kamau’s return injected some flair and creativity on the flanks that Wanderers have lacked. It only took a minute for him to make an impact after beautifully squaring a floated pass first time straight into the path of Kwame Yeboah.
He continued to make life tough for the City defence as he dribbled past opponents with such ease you wondered if this really was the same Bruce Kamau from last season.
who is this bloke and what has he done with Bruce Kamau? did he go to that massage place Paul Rudd went to in that new Netflix show? #WSWvMCY— Vince Rugari (@VinceRugari) November 22, 2019
The re-emergence of Kamau will cause some selection headaches for Babbel as Alexander Meier missed out with Yeboah and Mitchell Duke also impressing. At the very least, Kamau is undroppable for next week’s trip to Newcastle.
Davila once again produced an outstanding performance, this time to finally lift Wellington to their first win of the season, rifling in his fourth goal of the season to open the scoring.
Perhaps it’s because he’s playing for Wellington, or maybe it’s that he hasn’t been able to push them to a win before this week, but Davila has quietly been one of the best players of the league so far.
The Mexican has an array of skills to beat his opponents with – he can leave defenders on the floor with his tricky dribbling or pierce through defences with his pinpoint through balls. Very few opponents have an answer to the clear talent of the former Chelsea midfielder.
He continues to be barely mentioned in the league as one of the most lively and attacking players in the league, but you imagine Ufuk Talay prefers it that way. The longer teams underestimate him, the more freedom Davila will be given to strut his stuff.