ATTENDANCE MARK ANNIHILATED: On the very first weekend of the season, the Hyundai A-League single-game crowd record was smashed when 61,880 fans packed in for the Sydney Derby at ANZ Stadium.
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TIMMY TIME: Just 27 minutes into his official Hyundai A-League career, Caltex Socceroos legend Tim Cahill announced his arrival with a long-range stunner at Etihad Stadium.
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CITY’S DERBY DELIGHT: Cahill’s goal was the catalyst for a sublime performance from Melbourne City, as they stunned cross-town rivals Victory 4-1 in front of 43-000 at Docklands.
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ERNIE’S EARLY EXIT: After a wretched start to the season, Ernie Merrick resigned as Wellington Phoenix coach following his side’s 2-0 round nine loss at Adelaide which saw them fall to last on the ladder.
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STEADY REDDY SAVES GLORY: In an exhilarating round 12 clash, Perth goalkeeper Liam Reddy saved not one, but two penalties from City’s deadly striker Bruno Fornaroli to help earn Glory a share of the points in a 3-3 thriller.
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JOHN PUTS FAMILY FIRST: Following Melbourne City’s New Year’s Eve draw with the Mariners, Dutch boss John van’t Schip resigned his post to travel home to the Netherlands to be with his terminally ill father.
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SANTALAB STUNS SKY BLUES: Unbeaten after 19 games, Sydney FC had their colours lowered for the first – and only – time in 2016/17, with Brendon Santalab’s goal giving the Wanderers a 1-0 win in a pulsating derby.
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RILEY’S RAPID RISE: In only his second season with Adelaide United, and after just 15 appearances for the Reds, the young attacker was the shock inclusion in Ange Postecoglou’s squad for World Cup qualifiers against Iraq and UAE in March.
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BES BRINGS UP THE TON: The Hyundai A-League’s deadliest marksman became its first goalscoring centurion, sweeping home goal #100 from close range against the Mariners to the delight of the AAMI Park faithful.
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NINE-GOAL MADNESS OUT WEST: Needing a four-goal win to host an elimination final, Glory led Melbourne City 4-1 before Cahill and Colazo reduced the deficit. Taggart made it 5-3, before Reddy went walkabout, presenting Nick Fitzgerald with City’s fourth. An absolutely crazy game ended 5-4!
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NINKO SEALS IT: With the grand final to be decided by a penalty shoot-out, misses by Victory’s Carl Valeri and Marco Rojas saw the competition’s best player step up for Sydney FC’s all-important fifth spot kick. The super Serb coolly slotted home to make all the Sky Blues’ dreams come true.