Facts and Figures
Goals Scored: There were 27 goals in eight games= An average of 3.38 goals per game!
Clean Sheets: Three out of 16 times a team that played kept a clean sheet. That equates to 18.75% of times a team played they kept a clean sheet.
Draws: There were three draws in the eight matches.
Matchweek 18 (In a Nutshell): There were eight matches that took place in Matchweek 18. In three out of the five matches where a team claimed all three points, they had less possession than their opposition. Here’s the Matchweek 18 A-League Review!
Thursday – 22/04/2021 (Only Game)
Western United (1) v Wellington Phoenix (1)
Score Draw a Bit of a Bore
Facts and Figures: Western United had 46.3% possession. Both teams only had one shot on target each.
Pivotal Moment: Brendan Hamill received a 2nd yellow card in 1st half stoppage time. Western United played with ten men for the 2nd half.
Western United Game Changer: Lachlan Wales
Wellington Phoenix Game Changer: Ben Waine
Friday – 23/04/2021 (Only Game)
Melbourne Victory (5) v Western Sydney Wanderers (4)
Wanderers Left Thinking What a Pity!
Facts and Figures: The Wanderers may not make finals as they are in a poor run of form. Their performance was unacceptable, as they were losing 5-1 at one stage. They had 63.7% possession. Despite that each team had eight shots on target.
Pivotal Moment: Storm Roux made the score 2-nil in favour of Victory in the 28th minute.
Melbourne Victory Game Changer: Ben Folami
Western Sydney Wanderers Game Changer: Bruce Kamau
Saturday – 24/04/2021 (Game One of Three)
Brisbane Roar v Perth Glory (Game Postponed)
Saturday – 24/04/2021 (Game Two of Three)
Central Coast Mariners (2) v Sydney FC (2)
All Square in Tight Affair!
Facts and Figures: The Mariners had 42.8% possession. Despite that they had eight shots on target Sydney FC’s five.
Pivotal Moment: Milos Ninkovic of Sydney FC scored a goal that made the deficit one goal.
Central Coast Mariners Game Changer: Matt Simon
Sydney FC Game Changer: Milos Ninkovic
Saturday – 24/04/2021 (Game Three of Three)
Macarthur FC (1) v Melbourne City (1)
Facts and Figures: Macarthur FC had 50.2% possession. Despite that, Melbourne City had six shots on target to one.
Pivotal Moment: Macarthur FC substitute, Michael Ruhs made the score 1-all in the 77th minute.
Macarthur FC Game Changer: Adam Federici
Melbourne City Game Changer: Connor Metcalfe
Sunday – 25/04/2021 (Only Game)
Wellington Phoenix (2) v Adelaide United (1)
Wellington Keep Their Finals Hopes Alive!
Facts and Figures: Wellington Phoenix only had 42.7% possession. Despite that both teams had six shots on target.
Pivotal Moment: Tomer Hemed scored the winning goal for Phoenix from the penalty spot deep into 2nd half stoppage time.
Wellington Phoenix Game Changer: Tomer Hemed
Adelaide United Game Changer: Craig Goodwin
Monday – 25/04/2021 (Only Game)
Western United (2) v Newcastle Jets (0)
The Jets Far from Their Best
Facts and Figures: Western United had 55.9% possession and seven shots on target to the Jets three.
Pivotal Moment: Nikolai Topor-Stanley of the Jets scored an own goal in the 12th minute that broke the deadlock.
Western United Game Changer: Alessandro Diamanti
Newcastle Jets Game Changer: None
Tuesday – 27/04/2021 (Only Game)
Sydney FC (1) v Melbourne Victory (0)
Acton Saves the Day as Victory Put up Fight
Facts and Figures: Sydney FC had 62.8% possession. They had 10 shots on target to Melbourne Victory’s three. Matthew Acton kept the Victory competitive.
Pivotal Moment: Bobo broke the deadlock in the 5th minute.
Sydney FC Game Changer: Andrew Redmayne
Melbourne Victory Game Changer: Matthew Acton
Wednesday- 28/04/2021 (Only Game)
Central Coast Mariners (0) v Brisbane Roar (4)
Brisbane Roar Score Four and Expose Mariners Flaws
Facts and Figures: The Mariners had 55.7% possession. Despite that the Brisbane Roar had six shots on target to the Mariners four.
Pivotal Moment: Joseph Champness scored to make it 2-nil to the Brisbane Roar in the 56th minute.
Central Coast Mariners Game Changer: None
Brisbane Roar Game Changer: Joseph Champness
Team that Didn’t Play in Matchweek 18
Teams that Played Once in Matchweek 18
Adelaide United, Brisbane Roar, Macarthur FC, Melbourne City, Newcastle Jets, Perth Glory, Wellington Phoenix and Western Sydney Wanderers
Teams that Played Twice in Matchweek 18
Central Coast Mariners, Melbourne Victory, Sydney FC, and Western United