My Great­est Goal

Australian Four Four Two - - CONTENTS - Alex Brosque

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.

THE MATCH

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.

THE GOAL

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!

THE AF­TER­MATH

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.

THE CON­TENDERS

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.

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