From farcical refereeing decisions to misses you have to see to believe, we look back on this season’s most embarrassing moments in the A-League.

Mariners 8-2 thumping

Central Coast Mariners entered the last round of the home and away season precariously placed in ninth position with the knowledge that a result against F3 derby rivals Newcastle would ensure the wooden spoon stayed out of Gosford.

It therefore came as quite a shock when the Mariners wheels came well and truly off inside the opening 25 minutes with three unanswered goals leaving them in complete and utter disarray.

A disappointing season was exemplified by a Mariners performance that lacked the heart and pride usually associated with Central Coast as the Jets sparkled their way to a resounding 8-2 victory.

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Phoenix crowd attendance

Wellington Phoenix had such a poor season that they were sensationally forced to release a statement to rubbish rumours over a potential deal to sell its A-League license to NPL expansion hopefuls.

It was a nightmarish season from start to finish for Wellington with the club appearing to lose support from its fans at various points throughout the season with an average crowd attendance of under 6000.

Although the Nix managed to scrape out of claiming the wooden spoon its poor attendances peaked during the round 27 clash with Melbourne City with a dismal figure of 4,312.

Troisi’s last minute miss

Grand finalists Melbourne Victory held a slender 2-1 lead over rivals Melbourne City in its round 22 clash when City were awarded a corner with the clock approaching 100 minutes.

City coach Warren Joyce sent goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis up for what appeared to be the last play of the match but when he miskicked a loose ball on the edge of the box, there was time for one last attack.

Socceroos midfielder James Troisi skipped clear of his nearest marker into the opposition half before being presented an open goal with ball at his feet – but somehow he dragged his effort wide much to the amazement of onlookers everywhere.

VAR blunders

The A-League was one of the first domestic leagues in the world to introduce VAR so some errors or fine-tuning was certainly expected but the uproar of debate fuelled right throughout the campaign.

Memorable VAR moments included Kieran Baccus being sent off after minimal contact on Joel Chianese who was awarded a consequent penalty. And a three minute delay in the decision to award an already awarded Victory penalty after Stefan Nigro was mistakenly booked instead of Rhys Williams.

The pinnacle of VAR controversy was overshadowed by arguably the greatest A-League goal ever in Riley McGree’s ridiculous scorpion kick. But it was a goal that might not have happened had Daniel Arzani been awarded what looked to be a certain penalty after clumsy contact inside the area.

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Football fan and digital communications officer following Perth Glory during the 2017/2018 A-League season.