Adelaide United may have current bragging rights over their fiercest rivals after thumping Melbourne Victory 3-nil in Wednesday night’s FFA Cup clash, but this week’s throwback will not please Reds’ fans.

Today on Football History Fridays we go back to that dreadful, or if you’re of the navy blue persuasion, amazing final day of season two. That’s right, we’re looking back on the 2006/07 decider.

The Match

The game itself was and remains one of the most remarkable A-League fixtures, let alone grand finals. Victory and United headed into the match having finished first and second respectively. Melbourne won 2-1 on aggregate in the semi-final, earning the right to host the match at Docklands. A venue-record crowd of 55,436 packed in to watch what was sure to be a gruelling, tight contest.

How wrong they were.

For those fairly recent to the A-League this was the day Archie Thompson wrote his name into legend. His first goal came on the 20 minute mark, then 20 minutes later he had his hat-trick. By the 72nd minute he had scored five. On 90 minutes Kristian Sarkies replaced Thompson and added one of his own for a final score of 6-nil.

The Reds had been quite simply annihilated. Their cause was not helped with skipper Ross Aloisi receiving his marching orders during the first half.

What happened next?

Unfortunately for the Reds this was to become a common occurrence in the years to come. They shocked and entire continent to reach the final of the 2008 Asian Champions League but fell to Gamba Osaka 5-nil over the two-legged fixture. Further pain would follow in 2008-09 when they again went down to the Victory in the big dance although this time by a much more respectable scoreline of 1-nil.

 

For Melbourne, this was the day they truly announced themselves as the powerhouse of the A-League. It marked the first of three grand final appearances in four seasons, winning in 2008-09 and going down to Sydney FC on penalties a year later.

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