What a great final day to the season!
The Brisbane vs Phoenix game looked to be slipping away from the Queenslanders at half time, but whatever Aloisi said to them during the break, it worked.
The never say die ethic of Brisbane saw them storm back from 2 goals down to win and they could have scored more.
Wanderers will need to be on their game for the full section this Friday or they will punish us.
The Roar vs Nix game was nothing on what i would term the game of the season over at NIB.
Perth and Melbourne City played a 9 goal thriller, which at times looked like Glory were going to smash the Victorians only for City to strike back repetitively and secure a home final.
What Liam Reddy was doing out of his box was anyone’s guess, the pressure of the post season will surely see a few more brain fades before the toilet seat is lifted.
The same teams will play again next week, this time in Melbourne and it is anyone’s guess what the score will be.
Had Perth failed by a goal to secure a home final you would think of them as specials, however the momentum lies with Melbourne City and only the brave will bet against Cahill and Bruno in front of the green seats.
Wanderers too were involved in a come back against Adelaide on Saturday night.
Down two goals at the half, a largely experimental team dug deep and secured an A-League record 12th draw in just 27 matches.
As i stated yesterday, getting into the habit of not losing is all that’s needed from here on.
Three 0-0 draws and penalties are as good as three 3-0 wins.
In an ugly season, winning ugly isn’t going to upset people.
The teams that are set to square off in this years Elimination Finals are all in form, even though Melbourne City lost they did score 4 goals away from home.
If Wanderers and City get through their respective assignments the FFA will have its dream draw, 2 derby semi finals.
It will be interesting to see if Allianz remains the venue as there is a lot of extra money in it for the FFA if the game moves to ANZ.
A quick look at the egg ball shows that Souths play Manly at Allianz on the Friday and the Bulldogs play Canberra on the Saturday at ANZ.
Lets hope it doesn’t rain before hand.
In a season categorsied by frustration, we are all starting from scratch.
The form book is out the window, it can all turn on a knife edge from here.
Western Sydney Wanderers have never lost a semi final in any format, i don’t believe we are going to start now.