Ade­laide mae­stro is A- League’s best

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

ADE­LAIDE play­maker Mar­cos Flores has con­tin­ued the run of for­eign play­ers to claim the Johnny War­ren M e d a l , e a r n i n g t h e A-League’s high­est in­di­vid­ual hon­our af­ter a stel­lar first full sea­son in Aus­tralia.

T h e A r g e n t i n e w a s awarded the prize for the A-League’s player of the year in Syd­ney last night, polling 618 votes from his peers to fin­ish well ahead of Bris­bane Roar duo Thomas Broich ( 495) and Matt McKay ( 432).

Flores was ir­re­sistible this sea­son, scor­ing eight goals and as­sist­ing eight oth­ers in 29 ap­pear­ances as Ade­laide fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son third be­fore be­ing knocked out by Gold Coast in the fi­nals.

Flores be­comes the third straight for­eign player to win the award, fol­low­ing Mel­bourne’s Costa Ri­can mid­fielder Car­los Her­nan­dez last sea­son and New Zealand striker Shane Smeltz.

As ex­pected, Bris­bane Roar had a strong pres­ence at the awards cer­e­mony ahead of their grand fi­nal show­down with Cen­tral Coast Mariners o n S u n d a y a t S u n c o r p S t a d i u m. T h e p r e mi e r s picked up four gongs with Ange Postecoglou named coach of the year, Michael Theok­l­i­tos goal­keeper of the year and the team re­ceiv­ing the fair play award for least amount of yel­low and red c a r d s . M i d f i e l d e r E r i k Paar­talu earned goal of the year for his stun­ning left footed vol­ley against Gold Coast United last month.

The Mariners were re­warded with teenage goal­keeper Mathew Ryan named young foot­baller of the year.

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