'Bit of a fluke': Humble Jets hero McGree describes world-class Semi Final strike
He sparked hysteria with perhaps the greatest ever Hyundai A-League goal in no less an occasion than a Semi Final, but unassuming Newcastle Jets midfielder Riley McGree was quick to downplay Friday night's extraordinary scorpion kick goal.
The 19-year-old restored parity against Melbourne City in breathtaking fashion as, from the edge of the box, he somehow flicked Ronny Vargas' misdirected return pass up and over a bewildered Dean Bouzanis.
His goal set the scene for Jason Hoffman to then fire the Jets into next weekend's Grand Final with a 75th-minute winner, delighting a packed out McDonald Jones Stadium.
Adopting the approach of his manager Ernie Merrick, who as per usual remained stony-faced while sat on the bench, McGree was content to take a back seat to the frenzy surrounding his strike.
"I think I did get a bit lucky," he admitted to Fox Sports.
"I had the momentum going forward, I just had to swing my leg at it and it happened to go in.
"Definitely a bit of a fluke I think, but you've got to try it to get it."
Hoffman's winner came 18 minutes after McGree's freak equaliser and booked the Jets' place in just their second Hyundai A-League Grand Final.
The local product was a teenager when he appeared in the first a decade ago and he expects a different experience this time around.
"To bag a goal and put us through to the Grand Final in front of my home support is a dream come true to be honest," Hoffman said.
"I said all week that [the 2008 Grand Final] was a little bit surreal. I didn't really take it in to be honest.
"I think this week I'm definitely going to enjoy the build to Grand Final. We'll enjoy tonight but refocus pretty quickly."