A-League Highlights and Lowlights: Round 16

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Highlights & Lowlights is back again, this time for Round 16. Remember to get involved each week by tweeting @FootballCentAu or by using #HighLowFCAU

HIGHLIGHTS:

Goals from the top shelf:

Round 16 saw some absolutely cracking goals namely on Friday and Saturday nights. Firstly to Suncorp Stadium and with Wellington leading the hosts 1-0 at half time it would take an improved second half effort from Mike Mulvey’s side to get the three points. Enter Devante Clut. On debut the teenager took one touch from an Henrique pass, before rifling a shot into the top left corner of the net from just outside the box. Not to be denied Luke Bratten got amongst the action with his 87th minute screamer earning the Roar a valuable win. Saturday night’s F3 Derby saw three first half goals to the Mariners, with the pick of the bunch being that of young midfielder Anthony Caceras. Bringing the ball from half way, Caceras let fire from 25 out with his shot pin point in to the top left corner. Not bad for his first ever A-League goal.

*Notable Mentions: Daniel McBreen, Sebastian Ryall, & Shane Smeltz.

Five brings Sydney FC alive:

After a disappointing loss to the Central Coast Mariners the week before, the Sky Blues traveled to Melbourne with not many people tipping a win for the away side. How wrong those people were, with Sydney reeling off five goals to record their biggest away victory and continuing their roller-coaster of a season. Sky Blue fans who were threatening not to renew memberships after last week’s loss must be scratching their heads at how they can be so poor one week, and then pull off a performance like they did in the Big Blue. Frank Farina has again pulled a Houdini, being on the verge of being sacked one week, to then ensuring his job for another few weeks at least. They now sit 5th and face Melbourne Heart away on Friday night, can Sydney FC record back to back wins and maintain a finals spot?

LOWLIGHTS:

10 in 2:

What is happening on the navy & white side of Melbourne? For the second consecutive week Melbourne Victory has been defeated 5-0. Last week Kevin Muscat’s depleted side went down to 9th placed Wellington, while this week they were embarrassed by Sydney FC on Australia Day. The losses combined with Central Coast’s F3 Derby win has now put the Victory 4 points behind the Mariners who sit third and also have a game in hand. Tom Rogic is seen as a player that can help the Victory compete this year, but how motivated will he be for team success? Many are suggesting he is just focused on himself and getting a World Cup spot. Interesting times ahead for the Victory, are they still a contender for this year’s two top honours?

How’d he manage that?:

In what is the miss of the season so far, Emile Heskey, who had the chance to get his side a deserved goal, missed a sitter from the 6 yard box. What made it worse for the Englishman was that it was right in front of the Yellow Army, who didn’t fail to remind him of what he had just accomplished, or rather failed to accoplish. Twitter was quick to jump on the opportunity to ask where Heskey’s rocket had landed, with no sightings as of yet. It compounded a tough night for the Jets and interim-coach Clayton Zane who have now not won in five and sit 8th. Is doesn’t get any easier for the Novocastrians who have consecutive home games against Western Sydney and Wellington, then an away trip to Brisbane to take on the table topping Roar.

Matthew Berry

Matthew Berry is Football Central's Central Coast Mariners correspondent.

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