Alex Wilkinson has conceded the 2019 A-League Premiership to Perth Glory, in the knowledge that unlike their fiery Western Sydney Wanderers opponents, they've still got the Championship to contend.
Wilkinson's side took the lead through Alex Brosque after just seven minutes, but it was largely Wanderers traffic after that - Western Sydney's so-called 'Grand Final' played with appropriate gusto.
Despite multiple near misses from Mitch Duke, it took Western Sydney 57 minutes to scrape an equaliser through Alex Baumjohann, the German marquee firing a low free-kick into the wall with a massive deflection careening the ball past Andrew Redmayne into the back of the net.
"Unbelievable experience, I've got to catch my breath I'm still going," Duke said.
"I'm so proud of the boys. 100 per cent we're going in the right direction, we've got a few points so I think there's a lot to look forward to for next season.
"All the boys are still fighting hard and working right to the end and I couldn't be prouder."
Wilkinson was a little more measured in his account, but nonetheless positive about the Sky Blues' season.
"After going up 1-0 and controlling that first hard it's unlucky to concede that goal but sometimes it happens - it was end to end there and it could have gone either way at the end," the Sydney skipper said.
"We lost our structure. It's our third game and when that happens, in the last 15 minutes it can get a little stretched.
"It's pretty much gone now, but by all means we're not disappointed, we'll push for that second spot now and we look forward to playing Perth next week."