It’s a foregone conclusion that A-League grand finals are always special, however there have been a few championship deciders that have provided more drama, excitement and entertainment then anyone could have anticipated.

The Football Sack has dived deep into the archives to bring you the five best A-League grand finals to satisfy for all your nostalgic football desires.

5. 15/16 – Adelaide United 3-1 Western Sydney Wanderers

Eight rounds into the 15-16 A-League season Adelaide sat bottom of the ladder with just three points and without a win. Staggeringly Guillermo Amor’s side would not taste defeat again until round 23 on route to a premiership and championship double.

A packed Adelaide Oval was on hand to celebrate the club’s first A-League championship with the opening goal from rising sensation Bruce Kamau which was shortly followed by a pinpoint free-kick from Isaias that gave the home side a spirited 2-0 lead heading into half-time. A brilliant layoff from Wanderers’ Brendon Santalab allowed Scott Neville to bang in a screaming volley to tighten the final up, but a 90th-minute goal from Pablo Sanchez sealed the win for the Reds to cap off a season that very few would have thought possible after their early season form.

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4.  06/07 – Melbourne Victory 6-0 Adelaide United

A pure display of utter domination. Melbourne Victory secured the club’s first A-League championship in style largely thanks to Archie Thompson’s incredible five-goal haul. Down 2-0 within 30 minutes Adelaide United was further hindered by the sending off of captain Ross Aloisi in the 34th minute.

It went from bad to worse for Adelaide faithful shortly after with Thompson capping off his  first-half hat-trick just before the break. Thompson would add another two to his tally in the second-half with Kristian Sarkies putting the icing on the cake courtesy of an absolute pearler in the 90th minute to cap off a grand final performance that will probably never be repeated in such dominance.

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3. 13/14 – Brisbane Roar 2-1 Western Sydney Wanderers

Brisbane’s last championship silverware to date was one for the books. Their grand final win also left Wanderers with their second consecutive decider defeat in only their second season of existence.

Playing away from home in a boisterous Suncorp Stadium it was the Western Sydney side that clawed ahead via Socceroo defender Matthew Spiranovic heading home at the near post to send the travelling RBB into raptures. In typical Roar fashion their comeback was saved until the final minutes. Talismanic striker Besart Berisha was once again the man of the moment, heading in a Thomas Broich free-kick to send the match into extra time. In added time Brisbane cult hero Henrique stepped up when it mattered most to hammer home the winner in the 108th minute to seal Brisbane’s brilliant season.

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2. 11/12 – Brisbane Roar 2-1 Perth Glory

Next on the list is one of the most controversial moments in A-League history that most diehard Perth fans will never forgive or forget. Down 1-0 Berisha headed home an equaliser for the Roar in the 84th minute, what transpired ten minutes later would cause drama of the highest kind.

With the four minutes of injury time elapsed, Ange Postecoglou’s Brisbane made one last foray upfield. German star Broich threaded through Berisha who had his first shot blocked only to regather possession and tidily manoeuvre past two Perth defenders. The second and final Perth player Liam Miller slid in to challenge the Albanian who within in a split second was on the ground and then back up again celebrating the monumental penalty he had just won. Replays however clearly highlighted the lack of contact from Miller on Berisha: it was a clear dive, but he had just given the Roar the prayer of all prayers in the biggest moment of the season. Berisha himself would step up to slot the penalty away and in turn become the most ill-famed figure to grace the league.

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1. 10/11 – Brisbane Roar 2(4) – 2(2) Central Coast Mariners 

Brisbane’s first championship win is without a doubt a folklore worthy story that encapsulates everything great about football.

Both the Roar and the Mariners were unable to break the deadlock until the first-half of extra time which quickly turned into a two-goal lead. For all money it looked to be the nail in Brisbane’s coffin, but oh how wrong was that script. The Roar continued to push on relentlessly and miraculously sparked a comeback for the ages. First Brazilian fan favourite Henrique found the back of the net, what followed after sent Suncorp Stadium into hysteria as Erik Paartalu clinically headed home a corner with just seconds left to play in extra time. Brisbane would go on to win 4-2 on spot-kicks to treat home fans to a truly unforgettable night.

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Statistics courtesy of Ultimate A-League.

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