The nominees for Hyundai A-League Goal of the Season
Of all the goals scored throughout the 2019/20 Hyundai A-League campaign, nine goals stand out from the rest as the top strikes of the season.
Acrobatic flicks, sensational volleys, audacious long-range bombs and well-worked team moves helped these nine goals come to fruition as players from around the league created goals destined for the highlight reels.
The winner of the Goal of the Season will be announced on Thursday night at the Hyundai A-League's edition of the Dolan Warren Awards.
Read on below and decide for yourself which of the nine strikes in contention should be selected as the pick of the bunch.
Rhyan Grant - Sydney FC v Wellington (Round 2)
Sydney FC's flying full-back Rhyan Grant put his name in the hat for Goal of the Season with this ingenious goal against Wellington Phoenix in Round 2.
With scores locked at 1-1 late in the contest Brandon O'Neill swung a free-kick into the near-post area where Grant had done well to carve out some space for himself.
He then connected with a deft volley off his instep which looped from the front post to the back post, over Phoenix 'keeper Stefan Marinovic, off the bar and into the back of the net.
Keanu Baccus - Western Sydney Wanderers v Melbourne Victory (Round 2)
Things were looking up for Western Sydney Wanderers at the start of the 2019/20 campaign and Keanu Baccus' wonder-strike against Melbourne Victory was a testament to that.
Mohamed Adam ventured to the by-line before cutting the ball back to the tip of the box where Baccus was lurking.
The 22-year-old connected with afirst-time strike from the right side of the box, which curled across goal to nestle into the top left corner, stumping Lawrence Thomas in goal and handing the Wanderers the lead.
Scott Galloway - Melbourne City v Wellington Phoenix (Round 4)
A delightful strike from Melbourne City full-back Scott Galloway was the highlight of an entertaining clash with Wellington Phoenix which finished 3-2 in City's favour.
Positioned on the right flank Galloway cut in on his favoured left foot.
Gifted far too much space outside of the box Galloway took advantage, firing a vicious shot on goal off his left which dipped and swerved, diverting off the right post on its way over the line.
Nikola Mileusnic - Adelaide United v Wellington Phoenix (Round 8)
Nikola Mileusnic's chest and volley against Wellington takes a worthy place amongst the best goals of the 2019/20 campaign for its unique nature and the stunning technique behind the attempt.
Positioned on the tip of the box Mileusnic received the ball at chest height; the 27-year-old took over from there, dropping the ball off his chest over his left boot to connect with a volley which drifted from one side of the box toward the opposite top corner where it nestled into the side netting.
Jamie Maclaren - Melbourne City v Melbourne Victory (Round 18)
Jamie Maclaren's Round 18 strike is the only goal in the list of contenders which earned its place on the back of a terrific team move.
The 27-year-old sparked the attack with a pass to Craig Noone on the tip of the box, who then played the ball behind Melbourne Victory's defence to Florin Berenguer.
Berenguer then stumped all-comers with a back-heel to find Maclaren rushing in on goal; from there Maclaren brushed the ball into the roof of the net to send the home crowd into rapturous applause.
Nikolai Topor-Stanley - Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory (Round 21)
There's no doubting the fact that Nikolai Topor-Stanley scored the best goal of his Hyundai A-League career when Perth Glory came to town to face Newcastle Jets in Round 21.
Steven Ugarkovic had just seen a long-range strike of his own blocked and as a result the ball spilled even further away from goal to Topor-Stanley's feet.
Nobody expected what came next: the central defender took a touch to his left and unleashed a bullet of a strike which was still rising when it hit the top right corner of goal.
Chaotic celebration ensued as his teammates rushed to his side and the Jets fans threw their hands on their heads in sheer disbelief of the wondrous goal scored by their number 44.
Andrew Nabbout - Melbourne Victory v Adelaide United (Round 21)
Deep into added time in Victory's clash with the Reds, Andrew Nabbout stepped forward to drive a dagger past Paul Izzo in Adelaide's goal to seal all three points in Victory's favour.
Collecting the ball on the left flank Nabbout drove into the box and cut past Mirko Boland to fire a strike off his right-foot which never deviated off its straight line as it shot toward the top corner.
Alessandro Diamanti - Western United v Western Sydney Wanderers (Round 25)
Alessandro Diamanti proved his other-worldly talents with a football at his feet when he scored two stunning chips against the Wanderers in Round 25.
Most players would be satisfied scoring just the one outrageous chipped goal in a match but Diamanti had other ideas.
Instead he left an even better attempt until the dying stages of the contest, stumping both sets of players, coaches and fans alike with a first-time left-footed dink which sealed a remarkable 5-3 win for the Green and Black.
Nick Fitzgerald - Newcastle Jets v Sydney FC (Round 28)
The final entry into the Goal of the Season conversation came in acrobatic style when Nick Fitzgerald fired a scissor-kick past Andrew Redmayne to stun the Sky Blues and inspire the Jets to an unlikely victory.
Matthew Millar found Fitzgerald at the back post with a perfect delivery from the right flank, where Fitzgerald flung himself into the air to connect with an acrobatic right-footed aerial volley which found its way into the back of the net.