My Greatest Goal
THE LEAD U P
It was a huge game, I wasn’t there for the first season or two, but I watched all the derbies overseas and how big each game was getting. Living out west, playing for Sydney before I left, and then coming back and I guess honouring my word to come back. I’d seen a lot and I knew it’d be big and I’d heard from players and fans about how the atmosphere and emotions were like and to actually play in one was a special thing in itself.
We went down 2-0. I thought, ‘Here we go, it’s my first derby and we’re going to cop a hiding here...’ Just before halftime, we pulled a goal back through Corey Gameiro. We went into the break with a bit of confidence. It was a fairly even game, I remember there weren’t many chances created. Wanderers essentially took the first two chances they had to lead by two goals.
With about 10 minutes to go, a ball got played down the line to Corey. He chested it and volleyed it back over his head to my path and I took a touch, the goalkeeper came out to smother it. I poked it around him. I just remember running to the corner flag and the fans, it was a nice moment. It seemed like I had all the time in the world, but looking back at it, it happened very quickly. When I took the touch, it was heavy and the keeper came out to me. When I scored it, there was a really strange silence. I remember looking to the linesman thinking, ‘Maybe there’s a free kick or offside?’ But as soon as I saw nothing was called, I celebrated!
At the end there were fans and players running onto the field. I know we’re not normally supposed to say that, but it’s a good thing. Looking back on the photos, I loved it with great passion. Scoring the winner in the derby with all the fans running onto the pitch was a good moment. Wins like that, you always try to use to carry into the next fixture. A few days later we played Adelaide United in the FFA Cup and I managed to score, but we lost 3-1.
I scored a goal against Adelaide United in the 2015 semi-final where we won 4-1. It was special because it was a semi-final and the goal itself was very lucky, it was like a rabona or a backheel goal to make it 2-0 when Bernie Ibini crossed it to me and I had no other option as it came behind me.