Retro Corner – A Festive Omen?


When it comes to our previous clashes with Sydney FC, it has to be said that cherished memories are somewhat hard to come by.

So we had to dig a little deeper in order to put together a Retro Corner piece featuring an occasion where Glory did manage to get the better of the Sky Blues.

But that digging was well worth it because not only did we come up with a pearler of a game from the 2008-09 season, we also unearthed a festive omen that will surely go down an absolute treat with our more superstitious members and fans.

This Friday, 21st December, will, of course, see the men in purple taking on Sydney FC at nib Stadium.

Now, this will be the fourth time that Glory have played on that date since the Hyundai A-League started in 2005 and the club’s record in the three previous games is… win, win, win!

But it gets even better.

Only one of those previous 21st December games was played on a Friday, it was also against Sydney FC and Glory rampaged to a 4-1 victory at the Sydney Football Stadium.

Once you’ve picked yourself back up off the floor, we’ll continue!

Dave Mitchell’s men were stumbling towards the end of a largely forgettable, 21-game campaign and had not recorded a single victory on the road heading into the Round 16 clash in the Harbour City.

There they would face a home side featuring the likes of Alex Brosque, John Aloisi and Steve Corica which had thumped them 5-2 on their previous visit in Round 3.

But a repeat of that trouncing was never on the cards once Adriano Pellegrino cleverly nudged home a Nikita Rukavytsya cross to give the visitors the lead with just 11 minutes played.

Defender Antony Golec then gave his future club a helping hand by slicing the ball into his own net and early in the second half, Glory found themselves cruising when Wayne Srhoj crahed home an absolute rocket from the edge of the box.

Stuart Musialik produced a similarly impressive strike to reduce the arrears on the hour-mark, but moments later, Pellegrino got away down the right, delivered a teasing cross and in attempting to prevent Eugene Dadi from connecting with it, Robbie Middleby inadvertently powered a bullet header into his own net.

And that was it. 4-1. Game, set and match Glory.

You can watch the highlights HERE, but as always, we’d love to get your memories of that game, that season and any of the players involved.

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