Stats review: Busy Honda boosts Victory, Keogh breaks new Glory ground
The Hyundai A-League regular season came to an end on a pulsating weekend that saw history made at Perth Glory, while Keisuke Honda appears to be firing up for Melbourne Victory’s title defence.
Glory hit-man Andy Keogh took his tally to 15 goals this season as the premiers produced a brilliant display heading into the Finals Series.
Meanwhile, Victory returned to winning ways ahead of an Elimination Final against the Wellington Phoenix, with star Japanese import Honda impressing.
We take a look at that and more thanks to Opta data.
Keogh shines as Perth punish Phoenix
Andy Keogh set a club record as Perth Glory thrashed the Wellington Phoenix 5-0 at HBF Park on Sunday night.
The Irish forward scored a first-half double to get to 15 goals – the most scored by a Perth player in a Hyundai A-League regular season.
His seven shots on target were also the equal most of any player in a Hyundai A-League game since Opta started keeping the stat in 2012/13.
Diego Castro, Chris Ikonomidis and Brendon Santalab also struck as Perth beat Wellington for the seventh time in their past 11 matches.
Glory have made HBF Park a fortress, having lost just one of their past eight league matches at home.
Honda helps Victory continue Wanderers dominance
Melbourne Victory continued their fine recent record against the Western Sydney Wanderers.
Ola Toivonen's first-half header gave Victory a 1-0 win, extending their unbeaten run against the Wanderers to 11 games. Western Sydney last won a meeting between the clubs in December 2015.
Honda was busy throughout Victory's success, accumulating 111 touches.
The Japanese star has had at least 100 touches in a game six times this season – the most by a midfielder, despite playing just 18 games – with Victory winning four of those matches.
Moss saves lift Jets over Sky Blues
Glen Moss stepped up to help the Newcastle Jets to a 2-0 win over Sydney FC.
The goalkeeper made 10 saves – the most of any goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in the Hyundai A-League since Opta started keeping the stat in 2012/13 – as the Jets claimed just their second win in their past 19 matches against Sydney.
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Perhaps more impressively, it ended a run of 13 straight games against the Sky Blues without a clean sheet, Sydney failing to score on the road for the first time since January 2018.
Ben Kantarovski and Dimitri Petratos were on the scoresheet as the Jets finished their season on a high.
Reds make club history as Roar's home woes continue
Adelaide United sealed fourth place in the Hyundai A-League, making some history in the process.
Goals from Nikola Mileusnic, George Blackwood, Craig Goodwin, Baba Diawara and Isaias saw the Reds beat Brisbane 5-3, marking the first time they have ever defeated the Roar three straight times.
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Brisbane finished the season conceding 71 goals, the defeat their seventh in their past 10 league games at Suncorp Stadium.
Adelaide managed to grab three points despite failing to keep a clean sheet against Brisbane for the 21st time in their past 22 league meetings.
City equal marks in Mariners mauling
Melbourne City crushed the Central Coast Mariners 5-0 at AAMI Park on Friday night.
Shayon Harrison scored a brace to go with goals from Riley McGree, Dario Vidosic and Ramy Najjarine as City equalled their biggest Hyundai A-League win.
The five-goal victory also equalled their biggest win at AAMI Park.
Scott Jamieson created three chances – and had an assist – while Lachlan Wales provided two assists for City.