Berisha relief as Victory end title drought

Grand final specialist Besart Berisha admits he got a “little bit lucky” with his goal but says he’s relieved it helped Melbourne Victory snap their six-year title drought.

Berisha scored a fantastic opening goal on the way to Victory’s dominant 3-0 win over Sydney FC in front of a record AAMI Park crowd on Sunday.

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It was a third title success for Berisha – to go with his two at Brisbane Roar [2012 and ‘14] – and the first for Victory since they beat Adelaide United in 2009.

Kosta Barbarouses celebrates his goal in the Grand Final.

“It’s amazing. It’s a great moment for the club, for supporters, the staff and players,” Berisha said.

“Melbourne Victory is a great club with great people and they wait so long for this title.

“I’m so happy and relieved for them that we finally make it after six years and get the trophy.

“This is why footballers play, to win these trophies and I’m very happy to step up and help a little bit.

“I came to this club, a big club with massive support base, and for me there’s nothing better than to help this team finally achieve such great success.”

The Albanian certainly played his part in the triumph, opening the scoring in the 34th minute with a moment of magic.

Kosta Barbarouses’ powerful cross rebounded off Berisha’s chest to Gui Finkler than back to the striker, who controlled and turned with one touch before blasting a left-foot shot into the top corner.

It was his fourth Hyundai A-League grand final goal in three appearances in the season’s biggest match.

Asked about his goal, Berisha said: “It was good…a little bit lucky of course.

Victory players celebrate their Hyundai A-League Grand Final triumph.

“But I always say, I’m a striker and strikers are there to score the goals to help the team.

“I’m in these positions where I have these balls and I’m so happy for this club to score the first goal in the final.

“It’s a special moment, I cannot describe it….it feels like even better than the other goals.  

Victory players celebrate Besart Berisha's goal in the Grand Final.

“It was a good turn and my first touch was really good… I couldn’t have hit in any better.”