Eugene Galekovic (Melbourne City)
The veteran gloveman was prolific against Melbourne Victory, with six excellent saves and 13 recoveries proving the 37-year-old is still one of the premier keepers in the competition. Mark Birighitti will find it hard to argue his case for selection if Galekovic maintains his blistering opening form.
Michael Jakobsen (Adelaide United)
Played a crucial role in sub-duing the Sydney attack, holding to a strong defensive game-plan which stymied the Sky Blues at nearly every turn. His leadership in the disciplined Adelaide defence earns his spot in the side.
Steven Taylor (Wellington Phoenix)
Forced the early own goal against Newcastle with a brilliant header, adding steel and experience to the Phoenix defense. Taylor’s experience in the Premier League will be a boon for Wellington.
Ritchie De Laet (Melbourne City)
A threatening presence in both attack and defence, he brought City back into it with an equaliser before half time and served up a number of dangerous crosses. De Laet had a game-high five tackles and was fierce in the challenge.
Scott Galloway (Adelaide United)
Was brilliant for the Reds, working tirelessly up the left flank and easily keeping Sydney’s star import Siem de Jong at bay. Galloway linked well with Craig Goodwin and scored an excellent goal with a strike outside the box.
— Adelaide United (@AdelaideUnited) October 20, 2018
Sarpreet Singh (Wellington Phoenix)
Just 19 years old but shows plenty of maturity. Was the playmaker for the Nix and did plenty of good things, most notably a meticulous free kick to Steven Taylor which led to their opening goal. A player to watch for New Zealand!
Neil Kilkenny (Perth Glory)
Assisted the Glory’s first and came close to adding his own. Completed the most passes of anyone on the ground, had five interceptions and created a game-high five chances.
Tobias Mikkelsen (Brisbane Roar)
A passing accuracy of 94% is testament to a strong debut. Would have picked up an assist if Taggart had converted a sitter.
Keisuke Honda (Melbourne Victory)
More than lived up to the hype. Took just 28 minutes to score his first A-League goal and looked dangerous all-night. Created four chances, completed four tackles and made five interceptions.
— Melbourne Victory (@gomvfc) October 20, 2018
Dimitri Petratos (Newcastle Jets)
Scored a brilliant consolation goal late but was busy all night for the Jets. Had seven shots in total, 11 crosses and the second most passes pf the game.
Adam Taggart (Brisbane Roar)
Despite butchering a number of chances, finally got his goal and was unlucky to have his second disallowed by the VAR. Had a bunch of opportunities which is the most important thing for a striker. Was very involved throughout the match.
— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) October 21, 2018