In what was the maddest roller coaster of the season, Melbourne Victory and Terry Antonis somehow booked their tickets to the Grand Final this Saturday.
Melbourne Victory, away from home and on the back end of a confronting season, were the underdogs of Saturday evening’s Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory Semi Final. Their season began with a 1-0 loss to the boys in sky blue at home back in Round 1. Poetically, Victory only lost due to a Deng own goal.
Their season continued down the path many at Melbourne Victory were not expecting. Fans began to question Muscat and his playing style – or lack of change while others were adamant Kevin has had his day.
Throughout the season Berisha couldn’t score a penalty even if the goalie stood 5 metres to the left, Troisi couldn’t find his shooting boots and Rhys Williams focused more on his barbaric fouls than free-flowing play.
Thankfully Victory were still able to push their way to fourth spot on the ladder due to Leroy George’s brilliant free-kicks, Kosta Barbarouses’s new zest for life after announcing his engagement to a curvy well-matched make-up artist and Besart Berisha practicing day in, day out in the backyard with his manager, Amar Berisha.
Throughout a season where Victory’s big name’s stayed quiet, it gave opportunity for the smaller names to show their worth, especially in ACL matches. Terry Antonis last night, did just that. While yet to impress us since returning to the A-League and with the Victory, Antonis showed his worth.
The game was turned on it’s head. Sydney the clear favourites with Victory paying just over $4 for a win. Victory allowing the first goal into their own net was fortunately redeemed by Barabrouses with a pounder from distance followed by Troisi just after half time with a what the f*ck of a goal.
Melbourne Victory leading the game 2-1 for a solid 47 minutes. Victory fans could barely eat their Souvlaki. Sydney FC fans, with tears in their eyes, embarrassed, disappointed, accepting their season is over. Until the f*cking 95th minute of f*cking 5 minutes stoppage time. Terry Antonis on the wrong end of Mierzejewski’s ball, slipped into the back of Victory’s net.
Time stood still.
The Cove erupted.
They did it. The sky blues f*cking did it. 2-2. We’re going to extra time.
Extra time was an entire 30+ minutes of anxiety and nerves for the neutral viewer. For the Victory and sky blue fans, it was probably projectile vomiting and explosive diarrhea mixed with heavy doses of alcohol.
Somehow, just somehow, the ex-Sydney FC player, the cause of this extra time, the man on the end of the equalising own goal, conceded to his old club, Terry Antonis whipped in the f*cking winner with 3 minutes of extra time to spare.
Time didn’t stand still this time. A roar of pure excitement and raw emotions from the away bays at Allianz Stadium was felt all the way in the Northern beaches of Sydney.
Tears flowing, embraces and beer just everywhere.
The Victory lads had to contain themselves, with 3 minutes plus 5 minutes of stoppage time, they had to hold this lead. Their key striker and in this situation some f*cking how, goalscorer, were both on the bench. They could not go to penalties.
With both Simon and Zullo carded after conceding in the 117th minute, it was clear to all, Sydney were losing their heads and their focus. Melbourne Victory with their infamous time-wasting tactics continued to frustrate the boys from Moore Park Road.
Newcastle Jets announced as the Grand Final host this Saturday for the first time in the A-League history.
Newcastle Jets v Melbourne Victory in the Grand Final. McDonald Jones Stadium with a capacity of 30k. Get your tickets. Not attending or are a fan of a team crushingly knocked out during the finals series (raises hand) head to your local Bottle-o and stock up. This is going to get good.