HARBOURSPORT  
A-LEAGUE
It was a far cry from the 6-0 humuliation of the 2006/07 grand
final, or even of the semi-final series that led Adelaide mentor
Aurelio Vidmar to lash out at his club and home town. But the
end result of the 2008/09 grand final was the same - Melbourne
Victory taking the game and their second A-League title.
It took just 9 minutes for the game to be turned on its head,
when Adelaide's Cristiano clashed with Melbourne's Rody Vargas,
the hit seeing Vargas bleeding behind his ear. Referee Matthew
Breeze had no hesitation in pulling out the red card, leaving the
Reds to play the remainder of the match with 10 men. Vargas,
after having his wound taped, returned to the action.
With the Reds a man short, the Victory did the bulk of the
attacking, but Adelaide's defence held firm through the first half.
It took some dogged defending, and some heroics from Reds'
keeper Eugene Galekovic, to retain the scoring deadlock through
the first half.
The second half began in a similar vein, but eventually on the
hour the weight of possession took its toll and the Victory got
themselves on the scoreboard. A back-heel from Berger found
Tom Pondeljak, and from the edge of the area a well-timed and
brilliantly placed strike gave Galekovic no chance and hit the
corner of the net. Pondeljak, who had previously played in two
losing grand finals for Central Coast, celebrated his goal by taking
his shirt off and twirling it over his head and received a yellow
card for his troubles.
Five minutes later, another twist in the tale saw the match
restored to even numbers on the field after Danny Allsopp found
himself marched after an all-in altercation.
With the match now 10 on 10, the Reds lifted their intensity and
searched for an equaliser, but it wasn't to come. Several
half-chances were created, but there was to be no miracle, no
golden opportunity to present itself. The Victory were happy to
play out time, and when the final whistle was blown it was
Melbourne Victory 1 Adelaide United 0.
The Victory were champions for the second time, the first team
to achieve the feat twice. It was a moment of triumph for the
Victorian side, but defeat again hurt for the Reds; who have
twice tasted defeat to the Victory on grand final day. A season
that had its highlights for the Reds, most notably making it
through to the final of the Asian Champions League, has again
ended in defeat.
Melbourne Victory 1 (T Pondeljak 60)
Adelaide United 0.
Yellow Cards : Victory -
T Pondeljak 60. Reds - S Ognenovski
37, S Jamieson 56, F Barbiero 64, R Cornthwaite 81, T Dodd 90.
Red Cards : Victory - D Allsopp 65. Reds - Cristiano 10.
Referee - M Breeze. Crowd - 53,273 at Telstra Dome.
FINALS FIXTURES - SEMI FINALS
Minor Semi-Final - 1st Leg
Central Coast Mariners 0 Queensland Roar 2

Major Semi-Final - 1st Leg
Adelaide United 0 Melbourne Victory 2

Minor Semi-Final - 2nd Leg
Queensland Roar 2 Central Coast Mariners 1

Major Semi-Final - 2nd Leg
Melbourne Victory 4 Adelaide United 0

Saturday 21st February
Preliminary Final
Adelaide United 1 Queenalnd Roar 0

Saturday 28th February
Grand Final
Melbourne Victory 1 Adelaide United 0
ALSO IN A-LEAGUE

A-League Round 1 2007-08
A-League Round 2 2007-08
A-League Round 3 2007-08
A-League Round 4 2007-08
A-League Round 5 2007-08
A-League Round 6 2007-08
A-League Round 7 2007-08
A-League Round 8 2007-08
A-League Round 9 2007-08
A-League Round 10 2007-08
A-League Round 11 2007-08
A-League Round 12 2007-08
A-League Round 13 2007-08
A-League Round 14 2007-08
A-League Round 15 2007-08
A-League Round 16 2007-08
A-League Round 17 2007-08
A-League Round 15 07-08 (part 2)
A-League Round 18 2007-08
A-League Round 19 2007-08
A-League Round 20 2007-08
A-League Round 21 2007-08
A-League 2007-08 Semis - Leg 1
A-League 2007-08 Semis - Leg 2
A-League 2007-08 Preliminary Final
A-League 2007-08 Grand Final
A-League Round 1 2008-09
A-League Round 2 2008-09
A-League Round 3 2008-09
A-League Round 4 2008-09
A-League Round 5 2008-09
A-League Round 6 2008-09
A-League Round 7 2008-09
A-League Round 8 2008-09
A-League Round 9 2008-09
A-League Round 10 2008-09
A-League Round 11 2008-09
Match Report - Syd FC v CCM (1/11/08)
A-League Round 12 2008-09
Match Report - Syd FC v Well (7/11/08)
A-League Round 13 2008-09
A-League Round 14 2008-09
A-League Round 15 2008-09
A-League Round 16 2008-09
A-League Round 17 2008-09
A-League Round 18 2008-09
A-League Round 15 08-09 (part 2)
A-League Round 19 2008-09
A-League Round 16 08-09 (part 2)
A-League Round 20 2008-09
A-League Round 21 2008-09
A-League 2008-09 Semis - Leg 1
A-League 2008-09 Semis - Leg 2
A-League 2008-09 Preliminary Final
A-League 2008-09 Grand Final
A-League Round 1 2009-10
A-League Round 2 2009-10
A-League Round 3 2009-10
A-League Round 4 2009-10
A-League Round 5 2009-10
A-League Round 6 2009-10
A-League Round 7 2009-10
A-League Round 8 2009-10
A-League Round 9 2009-10
A-League Round 10 2009-10
A-League Round 1 2010-11
A Tale of Two Matches
A-League Round 2 2010-11
A-League Round 3 2010-11
PHOTO GALLERIES:

Sydney FC v Cent Cst M'ners (24/8/07)
Sydney FC v Wellington P'nix (14/9/07)
Sydney FC v Adelaide United (20/10/07)
Sydney FC v Cent Cst M'ners (28/10/07)
Newcastle Jets v Sydney FC (3/11/07)
Sydney FC v Queensland Roar (25/11/07)
Sydney FC v Perth Glory (15/12/07)
Central Cst M'ners v Sydney FC (22/12/07)
Adelaide United v Sydney FC (28/12/07)
Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory (20/1/08)
Grand Final - CCM v Newcastle (24/2/08)
Sydney FC v Queensland Roar (4/10/08)
Sydney FC v Cent Cst Mariners (1/11/08)
Sydney FC v Wellington Phoenix (7/11/08)
Sydney FC v Queensland Roar (28/11/08)
Newcastle Jets v Sydney FC (7/12/08)
Central Cst M'ners v Sydney FC (13/12/08)
Sydney FC v Perth Glory (21/12/08)
Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC (27/12/08)
Sydney FC v Wellington Phoenix (11/1/09)
Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets (25/1/09)
Trial - Sydney FC v CC Mariners (6/7/09)
Sydney FC v North Q'land Fury (12/9/09)
Sydney FC v Cent Cst M'ners (5/10/09)
Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar (25/10/09)
Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets (29/11/09)
Sydney FC v North Q'land Fury (5/12/09)
Sydney FC v Central Cst M'ners (23/12/09)
Sydney FC v Gold Coast United (17/1/10)
Sydney FC v Perth Glory (7/02/10)
Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory (14/02/10)
Semi - Sydney FC v Melb Victory (7/03/10)
Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory (7/08/10)
Sydney FC v Adelaide United (4/10/10)
Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar (30/10/10)
Central Coast v Perth Glory (30/10/10)
Sydney FC v Gold Coast Utd (6/11/11)
Sydney FC v Cent Cst M'ners (19/11/11)
Sydney FC v Melbourne Heart (29/12/11)
Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets (5/02/12)