As the curtains begin to close on the 13th season of the A-League it’s an ideal time to look back on some of the best moments 2017/18 had to offer. From stunning comebacks and stupendous strikes, here in no particular order are 20 of the best and most memorable footballing moments to come from this year’s domestic competition.

  1. THAT Nabbout goal: You know the one. Newcastle Jets were down to 10 men against Sydney FC when Andrew Nabbout belted home the winner from range. His equally impressive goal against the Wanderers is also among the year’s best.

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2. Expansion no longer a pipe dream: At long last the cries for expansion have been heard with Football Federation Australia announcing two new clubs in time for the 2019/20 season. It’s a baby step that means big things for the game.

3. The kids are alright: Bruce Kamau, Joseph Champness, Daniel De Silva, and Daniel Arzani. It’s hard to divide this crop of talented youngsters that have been brilliantly showcasing their skills all season.

4. The best goal in A-League history: Watch it a thousand times and then watch it again. Riley Mcgree’s scorpion kick under the pressure of a semi final is undoubtedly this season’s most impressive and iconic moment.

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5. (Nearly) unstoppable Sydney lift the silverware: Sydney FC became the first club in history to secure back-to-back Hyundai A-League Premierships on top of taking out the FFA cup. The Sky Blues were practically unbeatable at their best this campaign

6. Holman’s triumphant return: Brett Holman was a revelation for Brisbane Roar after returning from a calf injury. The veteran midfielder even sparked debate over a potential Socceroos call-up after numerous impressive performances alongside Massimo Maccarone.

7. Petratos the Socceroo: Dimi Petratos has been simply sensational this season and was handed his first Socceroos call-up by Bert van Marwijk against Norway. Wickedly talented on the ball, Petratos remains well in the mix for a starting spot in Russia.

8. King Adrian: It’s tricky keeping tabs on all Adrian Mierzejewski has achieved this season but perhaps his best work came during the second Sydney Derby at ANZ Stadium. The Pole’s gorgeously curled free kick along with another admirable strike lead the Sky Blues to a massively lopsided win.

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9. Record-breaking Bobo: The Brazilian striker was absolutely ruthless this campaign and set an A-League record for the most scored in a single season during a game against Adelaide.

10. Berisha’s Bicycle: His 89th minute acrobatic feat against Adelaide United was the elimination final’s winning strike and one of the season’s best.

11. Vince Lia’s double against Melbourne Victory: Vince Lia walloped one in on his left. Then another on his right. After that the 32 year old went home with the player of the month award.

12. Ikonomidis shines in loan stint: Christopher Ikonomidis joined the Wanderers from Serie A club Lazio in search of more game time and the classy midfielder made an immediate impact in his right wing role, obtaining a Socceroos spot in the process.

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13. Three legged finals race: Brisbane Roar, Perth Glory and Western Sydney Wanderers were neck and neck when it came to finals cutting time. A narrow point margin filled an entire round with intense ‘win at all cost’ fixtures.

14. Silver lining Singh: It’s fair to say Wellington Phoenix haven’t enjoyed a great season. The club can take some solace in their teenage talent Sarpreet Singh who has shown boundless potential this season.

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15. The dazzling Arzani: Daniel Arzani generated a lot of attention this season but proved time and time again the buzz was well founded with his nippy dribbling and ability on the ball. It’s a hard task picking out just one of his many great performances.

16. Kilkenny in the nick of time:  Neil Kilkenny rubbed salt in the wound when he scored against former club Melbourne City in the dying minutes of stoppage time. It made it even more entertaining given that he and City coach Warren Joyce weren’t on good terms.

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17. Assist-master George: Leroy George produced 14 sizzling assists this season making him the league’s leader in the category. The Dutchman has been arguably the league’s best winger.

18. Arnold Australia’s coach: The announcement that Graham Arnold will be at the helm of the Socceroos in the near future was a massive announcement, but one fans of the A-League generally feel was a solid choice.

19. Last minute Milligan: Socceroos veteran Mark Milligan tucked away a 96th minute penalty to see off one of the most exciting Melbourne derbies in the competitions short history.

20. Antonis stuns Sky Blues: In a semi final that had more emotion than any TV soap opera, Terry Antonis redeemed his own goal blunder in astonishing extra-time circumstances. The once indomitable Sydney FC were sent crashing out of the competition in one of the most shocking and entertaining matches to date.

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Bachelor of Journalism student from the University of Wollongong, covering Western Sydney Wanderers for the 2017/18 season.