Five of the most shocking A-League scorelines

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Let us be honest, we all love to see a football match with an unbelievable scoreline.

These are the type of games that take you by surprise or make you furious because you decided to not watch the game and then find out the result.

We will be looking at the five most shocking scorelines in the A-League.

2017/2018 season: Central Coast Mariners 2-8 Newcastle Jets  

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You would 8-2 be a Mariners supporter on this particular night.

The score-line alone is eye-opening, but what makes this result shocking was that it was a derby match and the Mariners were playing at home.

The Jets were 3-0 up inside the 24th minute, but the Mariners got one back in the 39th minute giving their fans a glimmer of hope for a comeback.

However, the Jets were on a roll that night and went on to score the eighth and final goal in the 81st minute.

It was the first time the Jets hit six goals in an A-League match and the first time that 10 goals were scored in a single A-League game.

2010/2011 season: Adelaide United 8-1 North Queensland Fury 

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Adelaide was having a field day at Hindmarsh Stadium against the Fury when they demolished them 8-1.

The Reds were comfortably winning 6-0 by the 67th minute before North Queensland found a consolation goal three minutes after. 

It was a record-breaking night for Adelaide, having two players – Marcos Flores and Sergio van Dijk – scoring a hat-trick in the same match for the first time in A-League history. 

The Reds were also the first team in the A-League to score seven in a match, the most goals by a team in a game, and the biggest winning margin by seven goals.   

This was the Fury’s second, and last season appearance in the A-League.

2011/2012 season: Brisbane Roar 7-1 Adelaide United 

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Usually, Adelaide are the ones giving their opponents a beating, but Brisbane had other ideas on that night at Suncorp Stadium. 

The Reds opened the scoring in the fifth minute, but unfortunately for them, that was the only highlight of the night. 

The Roar went up a gear, leading them to score seven goals – five in the first half and two in the second. 

Albanian striker, Bersart Berisha, became Roar’s first player to score four goals in a match. He also became the first player to score the quickest hat-trick in A-League history. 

Brisbane broke a record making it the club’s biggest victory. 

2006/2007 season: Melbourne Victory 6-0 Adelaide United 

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It would be logical to think a derby featuring in the grand final would be an extremely tight and tense match… but in this case you would be wrong. 

The 2007 A-League Grand Final decided to throw the script out the window and have a mind of its own. 

The ‘Original Derby’ grand final did not disappoint, but the Adelaide players would have wanted the ground to swallow them up.

Archie Thompson was the man of the show, becoming the first player to score five goals in a single A-League match.

Victory also caused the greatest deficit in Australian football history, which also includes the National Soccer League (NSL).

2007/2008 season: Central Coast Mariners 4-5 Sydney FC 

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To this day, this fixture is regarded as one of the greatest A-League matches of all time. A classic. 

The A-League was only in its third season and this game was the league’s highest-scoring match until 2018.

This game had it all: two red cards, two penalties, two late goals, a free-kick scored by Mile Jedinak, Mariners went down to nine-men, and both teams were not willing to give up.

Mariners went up 2-0 before Sydney made it 2-2. After it went to 3-3, 4-4, and then the Sky Blues got the winning goal in the 95th minute. 

Little did the stadium fans know they were going to experience one of the best nights ever in the A-League.

Feature image credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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Daniel Gualterio
Daniel Gualterio
Bachelor of Sports Media student from Charles Sturt University covering Macarthur FC. Passionate for the world game.

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