With the regular competition of the 2013-14 Hyundai A-League now complete, it is time to dust off the ol’ youtube-vision in search of the goal highlights from this campaign. As evidence of the growing capability and skil of the Hyundai A-League, a full 12 goals have made the list, not including the many close contenders that had to be left off.
James Troisi – Melbourne Victory vs Brisbane Roar (Rd 3)
While some may be tempted to instead nominate Troisi’s goal from the following round, it is his effort here from extreme angle that merits inclusion on the list. Facing a team that had won its first two games of the year (and would go on to secure the 2013-14 premiership) it was his 56th minute goal, snuck through the legs of keeper Michael Theo, that would prove the winner in this match.
Troisi has kept the run of good goalscoring form going, having notched up 11 for the season to be equal second on the Top Goalscorer’s list for 2013-14.
Ivan Franjic – Brisbane Roar vs Western Sydney Wanderers (Rd 7)
The first of our goal glut week, round 7 saw an incredible 17 goals across five games.
Leading 1-nil early in the first half, Franjic was seemingly able to put the game out of reach for the Wanderers, cashing in on a poor clearance by Western Sydney defence with a magnificent volley from outside the area. A strike made all the more impressive by the fact that Ivan hails from the Roar’s defence line.
Kwame Yeboah – Brisbane Roar vs Central Coast Mariners (Rd 7)
Despite a December move to the Bundesliga, Kwame Yeboah left an indelible mark on the 2013-14 Hyundai A-League season.
In a round 5 against the Central Coast Mariners, Yeboah made the most of his 87th minute introduction, taking a little under two minutes to register the game’s first and winning goal. Following good build up play, the Roar striker turns a low cross toward goal and delivers with a powerful near-post finish. An important strike, and a beautiful one at that.
Richie Garcia – Sydney FC vs Wellington Phoenix (Rd 7)
When Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix met in round 7 of the competition, Wellington had yet to register a win for the 2013-14 season. Sydney were fresh off consecutive wins against Melbourne Heart and Victory, complete with a first goal for Richie Garcia against his former club during the Big Blue clash. So it was on the 35th minute that Garcia would strike again, cutting in from the left edge and delivering a thunderous right-footed strike from outside the area that cannoned off the crossbar and left Phoenix goalkeeper Glenn Moss with little chance of preventing the goal.
A 10 man Sydney FC would eventually win the match 2-1, thanks to injury-time goals from Cunningham and Despotovic.
Andrea Migliorini – Melbourne Heart vs Adelaide United (Rd 8)
Andrea Migliorini’s stint with Melbourne Heart was been brief, with only nine games played for the club and not one since late December. However in that short time, the Italian also managed three goals.
Without a win in the 2013-14 season, the Melbourne Heart faced off against Adelaide United, and after two conceded goals in the first 15 minutes of play, it took a Migliorini brace to pull the team level in the second half. The first, shown here is notable for its extreme dip and pace, which gave United keeper Andrew Redmayne little chance of saving.
Sidnei Sciola – Perth Glory vs Wellington Phoenix (Rd 9)
For his first goal with new club Perth Glory in his premiere season of the A-League, Sciola gave Glory fans quite a show against Wellington, registering two goals for the night. It was the first, however that really set the crowd alight, a scorching left-footed effort from distance.
While Glory have not had a lot to cheer about since (particularly Sciola’s lack of goals since that night) the image of that thunderbolt rippling the top netting remains.
Adam Taggart – Western Sydney Wanderers vs Newcastle Jets Round 17
By round 17, Newcastle Jets sat second last on the table and were facing league title challengers Western Sydney Wanderers. Worse still, their star striker Adam Taggert hadn’t scored in 7 games. However this meant very little when the forward bagged Newcastle’s 27th minute opener, with a scintillating first time shot from distance.
He would be called on again in the 90th minute to secure the Jets a 2-2 draw.
Luke Brattan – Brisbane Roar vs Melbourne Victory (Rd 24)
It was the round for spectacular goals, and this as deserving as any other. With the chance to secure the 2013-14 premiership, Roar left it until the dying minutes of second half injury time to find the winner, in this case a spectacular long-range effort from Brisbane midfielder Luke Brattan, for just his second goal of the year.
Orlando Engelaar – Melbourne Heart vs Central Coast Mariners (Rd 24)
We all knew it was coming, and with good reason too, Orlando Engelaar’s goal is perhaps one of the best seen in the A-League ever.
The Dutch international signed with the Melbourne Heart as their marquee player for the 2013-14 season after successful stints in both the German and Dutch national leagues. While not known as a prolific goalscorer, it was a moment of complete artistry when the Dutchman chose to hit a shot with his first touch from inside his own half. Mariner’s keeper Liam Reddy could only watch in disbelief as the ball sailed over his head into the waiting goal.
The goal, scored the same week as Wayne Rooney’s own halfway golazo managed to steal the spotlight.
Sebastian Ryall – Sydney FC vs Wellington Phoenix (Rd 26)
Although it was tempting to go with Ali Abbas’ thunderbolt later in this match, this goal from Ryall requires inclusion for the high quality of skill from a number of Sydney players in the build-up. A useful exchange between Ryall and two team mates on the right wing, a one touch layoff from del Piero that is all class, and the coolest of finishes from Ryall. A great example of the A-Leagues potential as the beautiful game.
Jeremy Brockie – Wellington Phoenix vs Melbourne Victory (Rd 27)
At 4-nil down and out of the finals series, Wellington Phoenix’s players could have been forgiven for phoning in the rest of their second half performance against the Melbourne Victory. However Jeremy Brockie thought better of it, volleying home a Phoenix corner from the back post for his fifth goal of the campaign and showing why he gained a second place in last years golden boot competition.
Orlando Engelaar – Melbourne Heart vs Western Sydney Wanderers (rd 27)
As the only player to get two nods in this list, Orlando Engelaar has certainly earnt his keep this year for the Heart in terms of end-of-year highlights reels. The notable decision here is his call for the quick free kick from Kewell, followed by a rocket left-foot shot into far post.
Has the list missed any? Feel free to comment on any goals you think should be included on the list…