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This match exceeds any other match played by Victory at the Dome in terms of entertainment value and it was goals galore thanks to Archie Thompson. Thompson was the hero of the day and the official man of the match and rightly so as he scored five brilliant goals. Fred was involved directly in four of the goals and indirectly in the fifth and he too had a brilliant game.
I think all in all it was a good day at the office for Melbourne as everything seemed to work as expected. It wasn't like that for Adelaide though and whilst before the match much talk was around coach John Kosmina's banishment from the bench, in the match itself the major talking point is easily the two yellow cards awarded to Adelaide captain Ross Aloisi resulting in a send-off when the team was already two goals down. Aloisi becomes the first player to be send off in an A-League grand final.
With the team two goals down and the captain on a yellow card the needless challenge on Grant Brebner was uncalled for and reckless. I think when Aloisi was leaving the field he knew that he was leaving his team with an insurmountable task and there would be no way to come back against a clinical Melbourne side.
Adelaide went on to concede four more goals without Aloisi but they could have been more with at least three shots hitting the woodwork and Danny Allsop squandering two golden chances in a space of three minutes in the second half.
Kristian Sarkies capped his time on the pitch with the sixth goal in injury time to record a score which I think will take some time to overtake.
The A-League now goes into a very long off-season but in between Sydney FC and Adelaide will
participate in the Asian Champions League.
I am thinking that maybe next season Victory could play one or two matches at the MCG so that it can get a feel of the turf there. Then when it comes to the grand final and if Victory is hosting it, it could be played at the MCG.
And Aloisi complaining about the second yellow card, that second yellow should have been a straight red anyway.
It almost looked like Victory were in a training session rather than the Final.
Let's hope we can maintain this form in ASIA.
Let the Archie show continue!
Yes, Thompson was marginally offside when he scored the fourth goal, yes Adelaide's goal should have stood and well that makes it 5-1. The two yellow cards were correct and I totally agree with you Nick. Yes Wes, I also expected an experienced player of Aloisi's calibre to have been more cautious once he was cautioned the first time around. That didn't happen and yes - a send-off.
Adelaide had the chance to score the first goal but what did they do - first a miskick and another chance - shoot tamely into the goalkeeper's hands. Officials to blame for that - no.
That is what they should be concentrating on - how to score. They have scored just two goals in the last 390 minutes of finals football and that's not good enough to win you a championship even if the officials came from Mars.
Sometimes when you lose to an obviously better team its better to hang up your hands in the air and admit defeat and congratulate the other team. That's good sportsmanship for me.
As for finding another coaching role in the A-League I think he certainly will because to me there is no doubt he is a good coach and his record at Adelaide tells it all. Its off-field where things need to be addressed. What I think though is that he will probably get a role with the new clubs when the A-League expands because he has A-League experience.
I wouldn't expect such a high coach turnover in an eight team league but its happening. Newcastle and Sydney (and probably the Knights) are on their third coaches already!
I am already thinking of attending a few more matches next season.