My Great­est Goal Mate Dugandzic

MATE DUGANDZIC

Australian Four Four Two - - CONTENTS -

THE LEAD U P

It was Round 1 of the 2010/11 sea­son and it was a grand fi­nal re­match. We had lost the big dance to Syd­ney FC. Archie Thomp­son and Rob­bie Kruse were out in­jured and Ney Fabi­ano and Danny All­sopp had left the club. We had no one else to play up top, so I was a makeshift striker for the game and just re­mem­ber hav­ing to come up against the likes of Hay­den Foxe and Stephan Keller. They were a re­ally ex­pe­ri­enced team and ev­ery­one was buzzing be­cause it was the first game. I had only played a hand­ful of se­nior games at that point and it was good for my con­fi­dence, as bad as it was for Archie and Krusey to be out.

THE MATCH

We were un­der the pump and found our­selves 2-0 down. They could’ve been up by a lot more be­fore we started to mount a lit­tle come­back. I re­mem­ber Kevin Mus­cat was caught out for the first goal and the sec­ond goal was a long ball and Terry McF­lynn and it looped over Michael Petkovic to make it 2-0. We were strug­gling and coach Ernie Mer­rick made a change. Tommy Pon­del­jak went out wide and Leigh Brox­ham scored his first A-League goal.

THE GOAL

After Broxy scored the goal, it took about two min­utes, Tomi whipped in a ball and it went just be­hind me. It mag­i­cally fell to me, I just took a touch and I thought ‘I’m go­ing to get un­der a bit of pres­sure here, I’m just go­ing to turn and shoot straight away.’ I’ve taken a touch to try to get one-on-one and it worked out re­ally well be­cause I was in be­tween a cou­ple of de­fend­ers and I just slot­ted it through. I didn’t have much of a cel­e­bra­tion, we just tried to get it back to the cen­tre-cir­cle look­ing for the win­ner. It was more be­cause we had a bit of mo­men­tum after that, we were buzzing, but we wanted to keep it go­ing.

THE AF­TER­MATH

We were burn­ing after the penalty loss last year and to go there with­out Archie and Krusey. We came back from 2-0 down to go up 3-2 as Billy Ce­leski got the third goal, in his first game back from a while. It was a bit of sour end­ing as we ended up draw­ing 3-3. We then came back to play our first ever home game at AAMI Park the week after. I started, we strug­gled, Perth Glory downed us 2-0 and it wasn’t my best game from mem­ory.

THE CON­TENDERS

It would have to be my first goal against Ade­laide United in the 2009/10 sea­son. I made my start­ing de­but and we won 3-1 and I got a brace and I was up against Scott Jamieson who was hav­ing a top year. I just re­mem­ber Su­tee Suk­somkit took on some play­ers and the ball fell to me and my shot took a slight de­flec­tion and went into the bot­tom cor­ner. That would have to be a close sec­ond.

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