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Our 10 Hyundai A-League 2016-17 Season Highlights

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Wow – what an incredible Hyundai A-League season. A huge congratulations goes out to Sydney FC on securing their third Premier’s Plate!

We’ve been breathless for most of the week, but we’ve collected ourselves just enough to present you our top 10 favourite moments of the 2016-17 season. Here they are – and be sure to vote for your favourite in our poll!

Sydney FC defeat Wanders 4-0 in front of 61,880 fans

October 8, 2016

A Hyundai A-League record 61,880 fans poured into ANZ Stadium in Round 1 to witness the Sydney derby between Sydney FC and the Western Sydney Wanderers. With a world-class atmosphere inside the venue, the Sky Blues announced themselves early as the team to beat with a dominant 4-0 victory over their cross-town rivals.

Mariners come back from 3-0 deficit to snag draw

October 8, 2016

It looked like it would be a comfortable opening day for Perth Glory after a brace from Adam Taggart and a third from Diego Castro put them 3-0 up at half-time. But the young Central Coast Mariners showed determination to flip the script, clawing one back in the 56th and then claiming successive goals in the 83rd and 85th to grab an unlikely draw.

Cahill strikes from 35m out in Melbourne Derby October

15, 2016

He’s arguably our greatest ever Socceroo, and after a decorated international career, 2016-17 was the season that Tim Cahill finally came home to the Hyundai A-League. It didn’t take long for him to make his mark, scoring a 35-metre belter for Melbourne City in their 4-1 derby win over the Melbourne Victory. Timmy had done it again.

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Brillante breaks goal drought brilliantly

November 19, 2016

Since his Hyundai A-League debut as a 17-year-old, Joshua Brillante had played over 90 games in his senior career – both here, and in Italy – without scoring a goal. He broke that drought in emphatic fashion in the 14th minute of the Round 7 clash with the Brisbane Roar, as his bullet-like strike blazed into the back of the net.

Mariners ball boy trolls Tim Cahill

December 31, 2016

When Tim Cahill scores a goal, everybody in the world knows what’s next: it’s straight to the corner flag for his famous boxing kangaroo celebration. But when Cahill netted one of his trademark headers on New Year’s Eve, the Central Coast Mariners’ ball boy cheekily removed the flag – leaving an amused Cahill to throw his fists at nothing but air. Well played, son!

Berisha breaks goal-scoring record

January 2, 2017

He has been a controversial figure since entering the Hyundai A-League in 2011, but one thing nobody can deny is Besart Berisha’s goal-scoring ability. Taking on the Newcastle Jets, the Melbourne Victory’s Albanian striker fired home a penalty to break Archie Thompson’s Hyundai A-League record of 90 goals. By the end of the season, Berisha had taken that tally past 100.

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Wanderers end Sydney FC’s incredible unbeaten run

February 18, 2017

It took 20 rounds to happen, but Sydney FC were finally defeated – by their cross-town rivals, no less, when the Wanderers won the third Sydney Derby of the season 1-0. Brendon Santalab struck in the 26th minute as he controlled with back to goal, faked left, pirhouetted and fired home the winner to end the Sky Blues’ 19-match undefeated streak.

Santalab follows brace with a hat-trick

March 24, 2017

Just a week earlier, he surpassed Mark Bridge as the Wanderers’ all-time leading goal-scorer with a brace against the Wellington Phoenix, and Brendon Santalab followed that performance up in style as he bagged a hat-trick in a 3-1 victory over Melbourne City – taking his season tally to 14, the most of any Wanderers’ player in a single A-League season.

Perth Glory and Melbourne City deliver goal-fest

April 21, 2017

Simon Hill described it as “the maddest game [he has] seen in the A-League” – and while it wasn’t always pretty, it was certainly entertaining! Perth needed a four-goal margin to steal a home final from their opponents, and it seemed a very real possibility when they went 4-1 up after 75 minutes. A flurry of late goals from City, though, dashed Perth’s hopes, the final score ending 5-4.

Danny Vukovic saves penalty to hand Sydney the title

In the Hyundai A-League Final, Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory, with a goal apiece, were unable to be separated after 120 minutes. It led to penalties, and the decisive moment came when Sydney FC goalkeeper Danny Vukovic dove low to block Marco Rojas’ drive into the bottom left corner. Milos Ninkovic made no mistake from the following penalty, and the Sky Blues were champions for a third time.

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So those are our 10 picks – now’s your chance to select which is best! What was your favourite moment from the 2016-17 Hyundai A-League season?

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  • Sydney FC defeat Wanders 4-0 in front of 61,880 fans
  • Central Coast come back from 3-0 deficit to snag draw
  • Cahill strikes from 35m out in Melbourne Derby
  • Brillante breaks goal drought brilliantly
  • Mariners ball boy trolls Tim Cahill
  • Berisha breaks A-League goal-scoring record
  • Wanderers end Sydney FC’s incredible unbeaten run
  • Santalab follows brace with a hat-trick
  • Perth Glory and Melbourne City deliver goal-fest
  • Vukovic saves penalty to hand Sydney FC the title