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A-League: Matchweek 9- Team of the week

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Another weekend of cracking goals, comebacks and eye-catching individual displays. Did LNTUP get the Team of the Week right for Round 9?

Formation: 4-4-2

Goalkeeper

Dean Bouzanis (Melbourne City FC)

A last-minute call-up, City could have been blown away against the Jets if not for his vital early saves, including a superb double stop.

Defenders

Daniel Bowles (Brisbane Roar)

Didn’t miss a beat in his first appearance back from a knee reconstruction and could be set for an extended run in defence.

Jake McGing (Central Coast Mariners)

Proved he’s truly found his feet at right-back with relentless overlapping and consistently good delivery at Central Coast Stadium.

Alex Grant (Perth Glory)

Aggressive in the challenge and not afraid to impose himself, the defender was exceptional in Gosford and deserved a clean sheet for his efforts.

Rhys Williams (Melbourne Victory)

Bossed Phoenix all day with controlled aggression and helped lead the Big V’s superb 3-2 comeback win.

Midfielders

Josh Brillante (Sydney FC)

Initiated the winner with a lovely ball out wide and held things together when Sydney were under the pump.

Daniel De Silva (Central Coast Mariners)

De Silva’s masterful construction of Central Coast’s lone goal against Perth, which he began by winning possession in his own half, stands alone as enough reason for inclusion.

Eric Bautheac (Brisbane Roar)

Roar’s key creative weapon in the win over Wanderers, the French winger made Massimo Maccarone’s opener possible with a smart header.

Leroy George (Melbourne Victory)

What a signing he’s been. Was a constant threat to Phoenix on Sunday and despite one missed sitter, contributed massively to Victory’s stirring 3-2 comeback win.

Strikers

Andrija Kaluderovic (Wellington Phoenix)

Two outstanding headed goals in quick succession – can’t ask for more than that. Just a pity Phoenix couldn’t hold on against a rampant Victory.

Besart Berisha (Victory)

Class. Absolute class. An early goal cancelled out by the VAR didn’t put off the great man. Bagged Victory’s first with a poacher’s effort, got himself involved in the second (an OG) and laid on a classy assist for Troisi to win it 3-2.