The good can’t exist without the bad – and now that the A-League is done and dusted for another season, it’s time to look at the worst of the worst in 2018/19.

10 goals in Gosford

How can 10 goals be a bad thing? Well this was just dark. A Game of Thrones-esque bloodbath. Not only did the Central Coast Mariners get absolutely pumped 8-2 by the Wellington Phoenix, but it was the lowest attendance in the A-League all season. The poor old Central Coast folks (all 3,703 of them) who made the effort were treated to an absolute walloping of their home side.

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Wellington scored four in the first half, and backed it up in the second half to take their total to eight. I repeat – eight! It got to the point where the Wellington players looked like they felt bad for scoring so many.

The two consolation goals for the Mariners were nicely taken, but nothing makes up for conceding eight goals at home. Take it away Danny.

Big boo

Melbourne Victory let Sydney FC hit them for six in their 6-1 loss in the semi final. Just a spineless and uninspired outing when we expected so much more. It’s true that we all take some joy in watching the Victory get pummelled from time to time, but you expect more resistance at this stage in the competition.

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Sydney also enjoyed revenge from their exit at the hands of Melbourne in last year’s semi-final, but the game was just disappointing for neutrals. This would end up being Kevin Muscat’s final game as coach of Victory.

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Toivonen’s consolation goal on the 90th minute summed up the game perfectly. Just effortlessly leaned into the ball with flat feet, and walked back to the mark with slumped shoulders.

The Grand Final

This season’s Grand Final felt like a poorly written ending to a much beloved television series that has been referenced already in this article. We should sack the writers of the 2018/19 A-League Grand Final between Perth Glory and Sydney because good lord what a stink fest.

Nobody wants to watch the A-League final to soak in a masterclass in the application of Steve Corica’s defensive tactics. Credit to  Sydney for executing their plan, but it just made for terrible viewing and was a poor advertisement for the game.

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Perth were supposed to complete the fairy-tale and lift the trophy in their shiny new cricket oval. This was the only acceptable outcome and we were given the polar opposite. Not to mention the VAR shat the bed once again.

Sydney’s Michael Zullo was ruled offside and played the ball into Adam Le Fondre who scored what looked like the opener until it was ruled offside. The VAR checked it – it was clearly onside, but the decision stood?

Fortunately for the FFA the incident has flown under the radar because Sydney went on to win the game, but VAR in Australian football needs to be sorted out immediately.

Special shoutout to the final kick of Brendon Santalab’s professional career – spooning his Panenka into the lap of Andrew Redmayne like he was throwing a tennis ball underarm to a toddler. ‘Here ya go, catch!’

Featured Image Credit: Matthew Comito

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