Every A-League Men side’s biggest ever victory

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There have been some massive wins in the A-League Men over the years and the good news is that every club has had their moment! But which team did your club make history against?

Note: These games have been determined by biggest goal margin and if there has been a tie such as 6-1 win and a 5-0 win, the game where the winning team scored more goals has been chosen. Only games in A-League Men’s competition have been included.  

Adelaide United

8-1 vs North Queensland Fury (2011)  

At the time, this massive Adelaide win smashed the record for the highest number of goals scored in a single A-League Men’s game. In fact the match is also still in the record books, tied for the largest winning margin in the competition history with a seven-goal gap. The Fury were simply outplayed by Adelaide as beloved imports Sergio van Dijk and Marcos Flores both bagged hat-tricks in a game where the Reds showed no mercy. Due to scorelines like this and many other poor performances, the Fury found themselves out of the league entirely just a few months later.

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Brisbane Roar

7-1 vs Adelaide United (2011)  

Sorry Adelaide fans, this time you’re the ones who received the thumping. This match was all about Besart Berisha as Brisbane piled on seven goals against the Reds at home. Berisha entered the record books himself as he scored the fastest hat-trick in A-League Men history, finding the back of the net three times in just a six-minute period! He even went on to score a fourth in the second half. To make matters worse for Adelaide, Brisbane scored all seven of their goals in a row after the Reds went 1-0 up early on. This victory kick-started what was a dominant year for the Roar as they went on to win their second A-League Men’s title in a row.

Central Coast Mariners

7-2 vs Sydney FC (2012)

The Mariners made light work of a youthful Sydney outfit, scoring seven goals in just 67 minutes back in November 2012. Hat-tricks seem to be a common theme when one team dominates another and this time it was striker Daniel McBreen who found his name on the scorer’s sheet three times. This also meant that after eight years he finally got the first hat-trick in Mariners club history. Although Sydney were heavily limited by injuries, Central Coast were extremely clinical and ruthless in attack, picking apart an inexperienced defence all night long. At the time of this win, Central Coast became just the second team to score seven goals in an A-League Men’s match.

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Macarthur FC

4-0 vs Adelaide United (2021)

Though 4-0 may not be the biggest winning scoreline on this list, let’s not forget that the Bulls have only existed for just over a season. Englishmen Matt Derbyshire put on a show scoring three goals in the win. Perhaps what was even more special though was that it was the Bulls’ first-ever competitive victory at their home ground, Campbelltown Stadium (when the grass actually worked). Ex-captain Mark Milligan was the other man to score as Macarthur fans had it all go their way on a rainy night in Campbelltown.

Melbourne City

7-0 vs Melbourne Victory (2021)

THE JAMIE MACLAREN SHOW! The most prolific goal scorer in the competition both then and now bagged five goals in this absolute smashing during the Melbourne derby just eight months ago. An early red card to defender Adama Traoré didn’t help the Victory, but City seemed set on dominating no matter who was on the pitch. As the time ticked over to the 84th minute the score stood at an impressive but not outrageous 4-0 lead for City. However, in just the space of 178 seconds, City went on a remarkable run scoring three more goals to boost the win up to 7-0. The defeat was so bad that Victory sacked their coach Grant Brebner just a few hours after the loss. Although this defeat wasn’t the only reason Brebner was shown the door, it certainly was the straw the broke the camel’s back.

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Melbourne Victory

6-0 vs Adelaide United (2007) 

Alright Victory fans, wipe away those tears because now it’s your turn. Your side not only piled on six goals but they also did it in a GRAND FINAL! This time it was Adelaide who were cut down to 10 men when their captain Ross Aloisi was sent off 34 minutes in. Victory’s Archie Thompson cemented himself in the history books by scoring five goals in the match which at the time was also the most goals by an individual in a single game. It was no surprise when Thompson was also awarded the Joe Marston Medal at the end of the final. This win is still the greatest ever deficit in any Australian soccer grand final, a record that will likely never be topped. When the match took place also set the record for the largest sporting attendance at Docklands Stadium – 55,436 people. There has never been a greater victory for Melbourne Victory since this unforgettable performance in the grand final.

Newcastle Jets

8-2 vs Central Coast Mariners (2018)

On April 14, 2018, the Jets and Mariners set the record for the highest-scoring match in A-League Men’s history, but it is safe to say that the Jets were the only ones smiling about it. For only the second time ever, an A-League Men’s team scored eight goals in a game as the Jets toyed with Central Coast’s defence all game. Young Australian Riley McGree was the one to secure a hat-trick but he wasn’t the only one to enjoy some goalscoring as four other Jets players found the back of the net. Surprisingly it was the Mariners who had more ball at 54% possession and the two sides also took the same amount of shots. However, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realise that the Jets were far more clinical when it came to putting chances away. To make matters worse for Central Coast fans, they also suffered this record defeat at home.

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Perth Glory

6-1 vs Newcastle Jets (2016)

Perth were on top of the world when they scored six goals against the Jets, extending an 11-game undefeated streak to 12. Surprisingly it was the Jets who struck first, scoring in the 14th minute but from then on it was Perth who dominated proceedings, scoring six straight goals. A red card for Newcastle’s Nigel Boogaard just before half-time didn’t help his side and it was due to this that Perth were able to pile on the pressure during the second period, slicing through the Jets depleted defence. Club legend Diego Castro got a brace as well as his teammate Chris Harold. It was a strong performance all round and one that helped Perth finish in the top six.

Sydney FC

7-1 vs Wellington Phoenix (2013) 

A football masterclass from Italian Alessandro Del Piero led the Sky Blues to their largest ever triumph in club history as they tore apart Wellington Phoenix eight years ago. The 38-year-old proved age is just a number as he scored four goals in a game that Sydney dominated from the jump. What makes the victory even more impressive is that it was produced by what was not a particularly strong Sydney side at the time. The Sky Blues were outside of the top six and it was only the second time they had managed back-to-back wins. In fact, Sydney fans were so excited about the win they stormed the pitch after the final whistle. Sydney FC is the most successful club in A-League Men history, yet no other Sky Blues side has been able to manufacture a bigger win than the one that didn’t even make the top six.

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Wellington Phoenix

8-2 vs Central Coast Mariners (2019)

The third team to score eight goals in a match? That’ll be Wellington Phoenix, who also wrote themselves into the record books against Central Coast Mariners. Although it was a depleted Mariners side, the Nix were ruthless from start to finish, scoring their first in the 10th minute and their last in the 88th. Future golden boot winner Roy Krishna scored a brace while young gun Sarpreet Singh did the same. If it wasn’t for a seven-minute period in the second half where Wellington let Central Coast manage two goals of their own, the Nix could have easily broken the record for the most dominant win in league history. And no you don’t have deja vu, Central Coast really did lose 8-2 twice at home in the space of one year. Sorry Mariners fans!

Western Sydney Wanderers

6-1 vs Adelaide United (2012)

Just four days before Christmas, Wanderers fans were given an early gift when their team smashed Adelaide United by a five-goal margin. What was even more outstanding was that this victory came during the club’s inaugural season in the league. Mark Bridge got half the goals for his side but retried winger Youssouf Hersi was the creator for his side, racking up three assists. Adelaide were once again all out of ideas as another side set their record against them (Yep, that’s four times Adelaide has been on the losing side during this list, yikes). The game was part of what was a brilliant regular season for Western Sydney, who finished top of the table in their debut campaign.

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Western United

6-2 vs Central Coast Mariners (2020)

Another big win means another big hat-trick. This time it was midfielder Max Burgess who was the man to score three goals and impressively he only needed the first half to do so. The top scorer in A-League Men’s history Besart Berisha showed he still was a top striker in the league, putting a pair of goals away, and Kiwi Andrew Durante was the other man to get on the score sheet. This may have been the most surprising moment in the game considering the legendary defender found the back of the net just six times in 358 appearances. Considering Western United are only in their third year, scoring six goals in a match already is an impressive feat.

Statistics: Ultimate A-League & ALeague Stats 

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