There were some exceptional performances from a few Aussies in the Hyundai A-League over the weekend, including a dynamic duo from Melbourne City.
In our Local Aussies wrap, here are six players who caught the eye from the four matches played in Round 23 of the Hyundai A-League on the weekend.
The classy midfielder admitted he was disappointed to have missed out on a spot in Bert van Marwijk’s first Caltex Socceroos squad but he didn’t let the setback affect his performance.
Brattan put in a man-of-the-match display in Melbourne City’s 1-1 draw with Adelaide United on Friday night.
The 28-year-old has been producing all season for Warren Joyce’s men and in 90-minutes against the Reds he had 96 touches and made 70 passes at an accuracy rate of 91.4%.
Add to that the three chances created and winning almost 62% of duels contested and it was another superb all-round display by the Manchester City loanee.
Newcastle Jets boss Ernie Merrick might have felt his side didn’t deserve the win against Wellington but they had the performance of their gloveman to thank for taking all three points.
The Jets custodian made five crucial saves in Auckland to preserve a 1-0 victory, keeping the pressure on league-leaders Sydney FC.
Another impressive keeper on the growing production line of Aussie shot-stoppers.
Another week, another example of why this teenager is living up to the hype about his undoubted ability.
And it a shining example of his development, Arzani completed his first 90-minute outing in the Hyundai A-League and was heavily involved in Stefan Mauk’s equaliser in the 1-1 draw in Adelaide.
Arzani was a real handful against the Reds, winning three fouls and won 18 out of 27 duels contested.
"I still think there's more to come. He's obviously an exciting prospect,” City boss Warren Joyce said of Arzani.
"He wants to work, he wants to learn, and I'm pleased for him that he got through 90 minutes. It's a bugbear of his that he couldn't deal with [a full match until now] because he puts a lot of work in."
With two of Roar’s leading centre-backs out through injury, Pepper deputised in the heart of defence and did a sterling job in Brisbane’s upset 2-1 win over Sydney FC.
Not only did the 25-year-old keep the shackles on runaway golden boot leader Bobo, he also popped up with Roar’s decisive second goal.
And it was Pepper’s first goal in the Hyundai A-League in six years, capping an unforgettable night for the versatile former Jet and Wanderer.
Another classy display from the Caltex Socceroos playmaker, who played a significant role in Victory’s drubbing of the Mariners.
Troisi was involved in two of his side’s first three goals, winning possession in midfield for Leroy George’s opener before unselfishly teeing up Besart Berisha after the break.
He heads into camp with the Caltex Socceroos in Europe this week in a confident mood.
His side may have been comprehensively beaten but Pain could hold his head high after an eye-catching individual display.
Pain salvaged some respectability for his side, scoring two late goals, including a bullet into the top corner, as the Gosford club lost 5-2 at AAMI Park.
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Boyle: 'I want to give everything for this country'
New Caltex Socceroos forward Martin Boyle said he is desperate to repay the faith shown in him by coach Graham Arnold after making his Australia debut. Arnold visited Boyle in Scotland earlier this year to speak with the Hibernian man about pledging his allegiance to Australia
Caltex Socceroos skipper says late goal 'shows the character'
New Caltex Socceroos captain Mark Milligan said his side’s fighting spirit was perfectly displayed by Massimo Luongo’s late equaliser against Korea Republic. Luongo struck in stoppage time, tapping in from close range to secure Australia a 1-1 draw at Suncorp Stadium in Brisba
Luongo confident Caltex Socceroos will get 'even better'
Caltex Socceroos hero Massimo Luongo is convinced his side will get “even better” ahead of the AFC Asian Cup 2019. Luongo stabbed home from close range to score an injury-time equaliser for the Caltex Socceroos in an exciting 1-1 friendly draw with Korea Republic on Satur