It was an unusual line-up for the team of the week as the ever-present Blake Powell for the Tigers was missing from this week’s side.
Round 15 gave us many surprising results and outstanding individual performances.
Not often does a goalkeeper from a losing side make his way into the team of the week but Ryan Norval of APIA Leichhardt Tigers has. Whenever given the chance, Norval has taken it with both hands and put in a top class performance even though the team was on a receiving end of a loss.
Rockdale City Suns are on the rise and defender Steve Hesketh has been an important part of their improvements. He was pivotal at the back for the Suns as they held onto all three points and a clean sheet on Saturday night at Marconi.
Blacktown Spartans’ new recruit Hayden Morton was instrumental in his side’s famous comeback victory on Sunday. The youngster was a rock at the back in the second half, occasionally bombing on and giving support to his attacking team mates.
Blacktown City captain Zac Cairncross came to his sides rescue on countless occasions on the weekend as they secured a draw and held onto first place on the ladder. Cairncross has been irreplaceable in the City backline this season, leading his charges by example.
Sydney Olympic right back Brayden Sorge was one of the best players on the park for his side as they registered a massive victory over APIA Leichhardt Tigers. The consistent performer is one of the first names on Grant Lee’s team sheet every week, constantly busting forward in attack and doing his job in defence.
Jordan Crighton is finding his feet for the Blacktown Spartans, scoring the winner in his team’s fantastic comeback victory. The silky midfield has improved as the season has gone on with his side pushing for a finals place.
The Bonnyrigg White Eagles dominated proceedings on Sunday afternoon and Yuta Kokado was one of the best on the park for them. The Japanese import scored a well-deserved equaliser with just over 20 minutes to go, continuing his rise of form.
The Sutherland Sharks are on the verge of cracking into the top five and Sean O’Connell has been a key part of their success. The midfielder played an integral role in the Sharks opening goal as well as marshalling the centre of the park.
Peter Simonovski opened the scoring for the South Coast Wolves as they steam-rolled Sydney United 58. The Wolves attacker has been in fine form this season, picking up seven goals along the way.
Shu Sasaki was the star of the show on Sunday afternoon as the Blacktown Spartans over-came a two-goal half time deficit to win 3-2. Sasaki has been in incredible form this season and has been the Spartans best player of the year thus far.
Alec Urosevski’s early first half goal for Rockdale on the weekend was enough for his side to register an important three points. The striker has now scored seven goals this season and has been an essential part of the Suns attack.