Top five peak A-League moments

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Over the years we have been spoilt with some absolutely bizarre incidents that re-defined the meaning of ‘Peak A-League’.

Forget about the Premier League, Champions League or other top club competitions. None of them come close to matching the shenanigans which regularly occur in our league.

It’s the head-in-hands and outright cringe moments that make us love our competition and overlook all of its flaws.

Today, I tried to do the impossible and pick out the top five, so sit back and prepare yourself for some serious cringe overload.

5. Muscat vs Kosmina

Kevin Muscat never shied away from a challenge, be it on-field or off-field. Problem was, neither did John Kosmina.

Whatever their issue was, it really gave birth to the Original Rivalry back in 2006. The choking attempt was also an interesting choice to resolve the dispute.

On a sidenote, I would love if someone looked at me the way Muscat looked at Kosmina.

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4. Bunnings chairs

Okay, I know I am technically cheating here, but how can I leave out an entire era?

For those of you who supressed the memory, the A-League did not actually have proper benches until 2015. Instead, Bunnings chairs were used in what I can only assume was an attempt to cut down on costs.

While those chairs were iconic, what other professional league would fail to provide the players with proper seats?

Yep, this, in my eyes, will always define the peak A-League era.

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3. Melbourne VARtory?

Say what you want about VAR, but at the end of the day it should not turn on and off during the game.

The opposite happened during the 2018 Grand Final between Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory when the VAR simply failed to work. No better time for that to happen than 30 seconds before a goal too, right?

None of this would have been an issue had Kosta Barbarouses not scored from an offside position. Yet, the goal stood as there was no clear evidence to rule otherwise.

To rub the salt into Newcastle’s wounds, the VAR returned to full functionality minutes later.

2. NeVAR learning from mistakes

One dose of Grand Final VAR controversy was bad enough, but good thing there was not another one… well… yikes.

On this occasion we are talking about the 2019/20 decider between Perth Glory and Sydney FC.

Confusion struck when Adam Le Fondre’s goal in the 28th minute was wrongly ruled for an offside. At the time I almost thought it was a prank because the replay showed an obviously legitimate goal.

To the relief of the officials, Sydney ultimately beat Perth on penalties, but such inexplicable error still makes my list.

What makes this worse than the 2018/19 debacle was that the VAR actually worked functionally.

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1. Liam Reddy goes on a run

Liam Reddy is one of the competition’s most legendary goalkeepers, however I will never forget his blunder against Melbourne City in 2017.

Perth were leading the game 5-3 with minutes to go, which in itself is a common FIFA 21 score, but Reddy decided to bring the video game to life.

For whatever reason, the goalkeeper just dribbled a third of the field and ignored his defenders before eventually being dispossessed. It’s almost like he was pressing the wrong buttons on his controller.

Either way, it all finished with Nick Fitzgerald scoring the easiest of goals outside the box, but Perth still won 5-4.

That passage of play is the true definition of ‘Peak A-League’.

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Feature image credit: Hyundai A-League

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Bogdan Vlasyuk
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