Tuesday, November 21, 2006

A-League team of the week, round 13

FRANK Farina and his 4-4-2 are back, and to mark it's return, I've decided to go with my own version of a 4-4-2 in this week's team of the week. Sadly, no Roar players could sneak in;

Tommi Tomich, PG, keeper; while he was lucky to survive a first half challenge on Coveny, carried on from his good work in the previous week with a string of excellent stops early and again when the Jets came at them in the second period.

Iian Fyfe, SFC, right back; one of his better games of a disappointing season to date, here he pressed Spagnuolo high, never allowing him to turn, and doubled-up with Carney to dominate the right flank. Farina felt Seo was his best on the night, but much of his distribution was poor.

Mark Rudan, SFC, central defence; after a bit of poor reaction for the first goal, Rudan was excellent, dominating Veart and combining well with Milligan to produce Sydney's most convincing defensive display in a long time, possibly all season. Drove forward on a couple of occasions, popped up with the winner and generally imposed himself on the game.

Rodrigo Vargas, MV, central defender; back from supsension, he was straight into the groove, organising and reading the game to perfection. Makes it all look so easy.

Mark Milligan, SFC, left back; while he played centrally, he did play on the left side of Rudan and scores a role on the left here due to his versatility. Looked a natural compliment in between Rudan and Ceccoli, covering the space whenever either of them ventured forward, except once, for the goal, when both he and Rudan were drawn to the man on the ball.

Leo Bertos, PG, right midfield; after a quiet month or so, was back to his form from the first third of the season, setting up both goals and generally giving Matt Thompson his biggest headache yet as a left back. Forced van Egmond to try Steve Eagleton in the second period, which stopped Bertos for a while, but he popped up to create the winner.

Grant Brebner, MV, defensive central midfield; the toughest choice this week was in the holding role as there wasn't much seperating the likes of Colosimo, McFlynn and Brebner. The Scot gets it for helping keep the likes of McKay reasonably quiet.

Fred, MV, attacking central midfield; he was only on for 45 minutes, before succumbing to injury, but what a half it was, shaking off numerous meaty challenges to still have an influence on the game, threading the ball for the opener and causing Andy Packer and Dario Vidosic their fair share of problems down the Roar left.

Stan Lazaridis, PG, left midfield; back from injury, showed what a excellent addition he has been to this Glory team, driving at Jade North from the start and helping the Glory pin back the Jets and supply Young and Harnwell. A number of his crosses were simply smashing.

Jamie Harnwell, PG, striker; against a Jets back three (Kennedy, Okon and Durante) that struggles in the air, this was always a calculated gamble from Ron Smith, but it paid off, with Harnwell bagging the opener, one on one with Okon, and generally causing a nuisance of himself in and around the 18 yard box. While he almost collapsed from chasing the defenders around whenever Perth didn't have the ball, it was a whole-hearted display, not the prettiest, but on this day the most effective.

Stuart Young, PG, striker; Harnwell's partner in crime, just gets in ahead of Archie Thompson for a good all-round display of target play. In a week where the strikers didn't really shine, special mention to Nick Mrdja who looked lively in his 20 minute cameo.


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