There were some absolutely cracking encounters throughout the Hyundai A-League 2014/15 campaign. We look back at five of the best clashes from a pulsating season 10!
Round 8 – November 28 @ AAMI Park
Melbourne Victory 3-2 Adelaide United 2
These two fierce rivals delivered another classic in a frantic – and at times ill-tempered 90 minutes.
All the goals came in a dramatic first half as the Reds contributed to their own downfall by scoring two own goals (via Nigel Boogaard and Sergio Cirio).
Awer Mabil’s early strike and Marcelo’s Carrusca 37th minute penalty weren’t enough with Leigh Broxham’s 32nd minute header proving the difference.
Six players went into the referee’s notebook throughout a contest which will be remembered for Victory's official 10-year anniversary celebrations and a moving tribute to cricketer Phillip Hughes.
Round 12 – December 27 @ Central Coast Stadium
Central Coast Mariners 3-3 Brisbane Roar
Fans were treated to a post-Christmas cracker as Roar came from behind twice to snatch a well-deserved draw.
After falling behind right on the strike of half-time through Jean Carlos Solorzano’s goal, the Mariners hit back with two quick goals in the second half to take control.
James Donachie equalized for the visitors midway through the second half before substitute Kim Seung-yong looked like he had won it for the Mariners with a goal 10 minutes from time.
But the home side could only hold the lead for two minutes as Solorzano grabbed his second to cap a breathtaking second half.
Round 15 – January 25 @ nib Stadium
Perth Glory 3-3 Melbourne Victory
Glory showed all their fighting qualities in a scintillating Sunday afternoon clash in the West, scoring two late goals to snatch an entertaining 3-3 draw.
The home side looked dead and buried after Besart Berisha and Kosta Barbarouses netted either side of the break to hand Kevin Muscat’s outfit a 3-1 lead before the hour mark.
But the introduction of super-sub Jamie Maclaren with 18 minutes left swung the momentum of the match.
A powerful Rostyn Griffiths header with 10 minutes left halved the deficit before Maclaren made himself a hero with a dashing run and finish in the final minute.
Round 19 – February 28 @ Pirtek Stadium
Western Sydney Wanderers FC 3-4 Sydney FC
The ninth installment of the Sydney derby had absolutely everything, a stirring fightback, seven goals, six yellow cards, a red card and plenty of colour and passion.
The Sky Blues surged out of the blocks to stun the home side, leading 3-0 inside the first 25 minutes thanks to an Ante Covic own goal and brace to marquee man Marc Janko.
But spurred on by almost 20,000 fans inside a heaving ‘Wanderland’, Tony Popovic’s side responded with Iacopo La Rocca and debutant Kerem Bulut making it 3-2 before the break.
Bulut became an instant fan-favourite when he equalised nine minutes after the break before Sydney substitute Terry Antonis had the final say, slamming home the winner 15 minutes from time.
Round 21 – March 15 @ Allianz Stadium
Sydney FC 5-4 Brisbane Roar
An absorbing contest on a rainy Sunday afternoon will be remembered for Sky Blues striker Marc Janko becoming the first player to score in seven-consecutive Hyundai A-League matches.
But it was also a pulsating clash in which three penalties were awarded, while 15 goals were scored in the last 15 minutes.
The drama started after just five minutes as Henrique opened the scoring for the visitors, before a Matt Jurman strike and Janko’s treble either side of the half-time break put the Sky Blues in cruise-control at 4-1 up with 10 minutes left.
Roar weren’t done, setting up a thrilling finish as Andrija Kaluderovic and Steven Lustica scored to get back within one before Alex Brosque seemed to make it safe with a goal in the final minute.
But Sydney again allowed Roar back into it, Dimitri Petratos getting one against his former club in stoppage time to end a crazy 90 minutes.