Top 10 finals moments of all time.
With the finals of Season 10 of the A-League about to kick off, check out Inside Sport's top 10 finals moments of all time.
10) Training ground routine sees of the Sky Blues
In the 2nd leg of the Major Semi Final in the 2009/10 season, a cheeky training ground routine from the Melbourne Victory in extra time booked their spot in the Grand Final. A quickly taken free kick saw Archie Thompson, caught the Sydney FC defence napping and snuck home the winner. A few weeks later, Sydney FC went down to Melbourne and won the title back from Victory’s grasp.
9) The “Nux” miracle run of 2010
The 2009/10 season witnessed the finals debut of the boys across the “dutch.” The Wellington Phoenix first saw off the Perth Glory on penalties, then the Jets in extra time in a crazy week for the Yellow Fever. Unfortunately the Phoenix fell one game short of the Grand Final, getting knocked out by eventual champions Sydney FC 4-2.
8) Controversy against the Victory! Yeah, you read that right
In his last season for the Brisbane Roar, Bersart Berisha was able to provide a parting gift by knocking out the club he signed up with for the next season. With a few minutes to go and 1-0 down, most thought Roar captain Matt Smith fouled Victory captain Mark Milligan in the penalty box, except for the man who mattered the most, the referee. With no decision going for the Victory, Brisbane booked their place in the Grand Final, sending the Boys in Blue packing.
7) The Ol’ Glory Days premiering on the History Channel
The 2011/12 preliminary final saw the Perth Glory winding back the clock to the old NSL days as they beat the Central Coast Mariners on penalties, booking their spot in the Grand Final against the Brisbane Roar. The revival of the Glory days was short lived, as one week later, Bersart Berisha broke Glory hearts by deciding to change the channel.
6) Finkler wins the Big Blue
The 2013/14 edition of the Finals Series saw two foes the Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC battle it out in the first Elimination Final. At 1-1, with time winding down and extra time looming, Victory midfielder Gui Finkler popped up with some individual brilliance having Ned Zelic screaming, “BOOM! DESTRUCTION IN THE BOX!” Finkler’s winner had the Sky Blues on the next flight home back to Sydney and Alessandro Del Piero on the next flight to India.
5) F3 Derby Delight
In front of a sold out Bluetongue Stadium, the Central Coast Mariners had it all to do against their fierce rivals the Newcastle Jets in 2007/08 after losing the first leg 2-0. The Mariners were to accomplish their greatest feat over their rivals as a Sasha Petrovski brace booked their place in the Grand Final winning the tie 3-2. As great as that win was, Newcastle managed to get the last laugh two weeks later, defeating the Mariners in the Final.
4) Glory vs Gillett II
12 months after their first bout, the 2012/13 season saw Perth Glory and Jarred Gillett duking it out again, after Glory saw their fate extinguished by another contentious refereeing decision that saw them lose the Grand Final the season prior. Leading 1-0 with two minutes to go, former Glory star Shane Smeltz had the opportunity to put the game beyond Melbourne Victory’s reach but smacked his penalty onto the crossbar. Two minutes later, the Victory stormed to other end of the field where Gillett awarded a controversial penalty after Steve Pantelidis was given his marching orders from what was judged as a foul on Andrew Nabbout. Mark Milligan slotted home the equaliser and Archie Thompson scored in extra time, knocking the Glory out, and Gillett breaking their hearts again.
3) Crazy Cake-Tin
With 10 minutes to go, shirts were off in Wellington as the fans thought that their 2-0 lead would be enough to get them over the line against Sydney FC in the Elimination Final of the 2011/12 season. To their surprise, a few minutes later Sydney FC had leveled the game at 2-2. Then it was the Sky Blues who had their jubilance turn to despair as Wellington were awarded a penalty just two minutes later after they thought they pulled off one of the greatest comebacks. Paul Ifil slotted the ball, keeping Wellington alive and sparring their blushes.
2) Wonder goals at Wanderland
After an amazing and surprising debut season in 2012/13, the Wanderers reached their first Grand Final, knocking out the defending champions the Brisbane Roar. Cult-hero Dino Kresinger scored only his second goal of the season with a classy back-heel, while club legend Shinji Ono dinked a cheeky chip over Michael Theo’s head. As Shinji cemented his place as one of the A-League greats, Big Dino achieved a much larger award, winning Team of the Week selection on the FIFA video game alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.
1) James Who?
With the clock ticking down in the 2nd leg of the major semi final in the 2006-07 season, Adelaide fans were beginning to cue up to get tickets to see their boys host the Grand Final in two weeks time. Shame James Robinson had to spoil their plans scoring a 92nd minute winner, giving Victory the hosting rights for the final. Wonder what would have happened if Adelaide had just held out and hosted the final two weeks later? 6-0?