And with that, Ill bid you adieu. What a night. The party will continue into the night for those in sky blue, but spare a thought for Perth, who were the best team this season, and the manner of their defeat. Its tough. But at least no one is talking about VAR. Are they? Until next time.
Some more Sydney FC players are talking. Heres Milos Ninkovic: To be honest, when its a penalty shootout, anything is possible, but Redders did a great job. Hes probably the best goalkeeper in the league. The way he was playing this year I knew he would save at least two penalties. I never thought Id stay so long here. I say many thanks, my wife wand my kids are happy here. And I am too.
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Alex Wilkinson: Its special night. Ive been on this situation a few times before, in penalty shootouts. Its difficult to be on the losing side, as Perth are tonight. People wrote us off this year, but were always had belief in the squad. [On the disallowed goal] At half-time, lets just forget about it. To me on the screen it looked onside. Luckily it didnt change the result too much.
Adam Le Fondre: Unbelievable. Its one of my crowning achievements. I came out here to win big things. Im just buzzing. Its a testament to the boys. Theyre such a great group, its carried us all the way to here.
Brandon ONeill immediately sticks the toilet seat around his neck and embraces his wife. As you do,
Another grand final defeat for Popovic. Its still raw, he says. Obviously disappointed, we really wanted this. We were very close, we had our moments in the game but unfortunately it didnt come off. But congratulations to Sydney FC.
After helping Sydney FC secure the A-League title, Redmayne was quoted by the Guardian as saying: “Pure elation. Amazing performance. We knew it was going to be tough and a tactical battle and that’s what it was. Just happy we could do it for our captain, our leader Alex Brosque.”
Rhyan Grant is called up. Hes roundly booed. Thats a shame, he played with his heart on his sleeve tonight, and he might have got under Glorys skin, but as he said earlier, thats football.
Alex Brosque begins his speech by thanking Perth and sympathising on the shootout loss. You guys were the best team all year. To the city, and all the people who came out tonight, the atmosphere was incredible. You guys put on a show so thank you very much.
Now the Sydney players are being invited up onto the stage to receive their medals. Oops, Paulo Retre is introduced as Carlos Retre. He can smile about it though.
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The presentation ceremony is underway, with Michael Zappone conducting things. His first point of business: the Joe Marston medal. And the winner is… Milos Ninkovic! For a second time!
More reaction to come, but first Alex Brosque will lift the old toilet seat – an utterly fitting way to bow out of Australian football for the retiring 35-year-old.
Redmayne seems genuinely lost for words. Pure elation. Amazing performance. We knew it was going to be tough and a tactical battle and thats what it was. Just happy we could do it for our cpatain, our leader Alex Brosque.
The two teams arrived in the decider in decidedly different fashion. Perth had dominated the league, picked up the premiers plate and have been reinvented from underachievers to champions by coach Tony Popovic. But they only scraped into the grand final after being put through the ringer by an impressive Adelaide United in the semi-final.
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Rhyan Grant: Its freakish. Over the moon for everyone involved. It was very cagey. Not a lot of chances but both teams were getting stuck in. I got booed for it, but thats just part of the game. We backed ourselves. Unfortunately, it went to pens, its never a good way to lose.
Sydney FC A-League champs again, thwarting Perth Glory in penalty shootout
Reza delivers the killer blow but Andrew Redmayne deserves immense credit as Sydney secure their fourth A-League title in the most dramatic of circumstances! They edge Perth in a shootout and they will lift the toilet seat shortly!
The spot kicks are going to be taken at the end where the Sydney FC fans are congregated. The Sky Blues will shoot first. Here we go.
An email! Reading the blog, writes Josh Patterson. Can you educate me as to how Perth have made 4 substitutions when the limit was 3 as far as i knew. I believe its a new rule that allows a team to make another in the finals if it goes to extra-time.
Read more If there was one criticism amongst this admiration of defensive resilience it was the lack of chaos embraced by either coach. Only on rare occasions did a defender or midfielder look to break the first line while further forward attackers were so fixated on combinations the unpredictability of a speculative long-range shot or a wrecking ball dribble were declined. Five of the six players with the most possession during the match formed the central phalanx of Glorys rearguard. Just three shots on target in 120 minutes tells its own story.
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So, Perth go again in a shootout for the second time in just over a week. All eyes on Reddy and Redmayne, but also on those potential heroes and villains who will have to step up and be counted.
120 mins: Is this it? ONeill slips and fails to deal with Davidsons cross. But nothing comes of it. One minute of added time to be played.
118 mins: You can hear the hope in the Perth fans as Santalab looks to get on a long through ball, but the sound of disappointment is just as audible as he slips on the turf.
117 mins: Oh dear, there are some tired legs out there now. Namely ONeill who first shanks a free-kick and then his efforts to get the ball back into the Perth box.
116 mins: Djulbic doesnt like this decision one bit, but thats not going to persuade Shaun Evans to erase his name from the book, taken for a lunge on Ninkovic.
And the goalkeeper proved their hero in the shoot-out, keeping out Andy Keoghs strike before standing his ground when Brendon Santalab – making his last A-League appearance prior to retirement – attempted a Panenka.
114 mins: Time is running out to make a decisive intervention and steer this match away from the dreaded shootout.
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111 mins: Now Ikonomidis and Ninkovic go hammer and tongs with each other. Its all fair though. Meanwhile, Brendan Santalab is going to come on. Sydney FC fans dont really like him too much, so its kind of set up for him to score a late winner, isnt it?
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110 mins: Lowry gets on the end of the corner but its over the bar and Redmayne has a goal kick to take.
109 mins: Grant and Davidson clash again! Great stuff! Theyve gone at each other all night long. This time its a free-kick to Perth, taken by Brimmer. Its floated in and the ball comes off the top of a Sydney head, before bouncing just wide of the upright.
Michael Zullo was adjudged to have been offside in the 28th minute when he played in a ball that was bundled home by Matthew Spiranovic under pressure from Adam Le Fondre.
107 mins: Neville! Ooh! He lashes wide of the mark after good work from Davidson sees a cross run all the way through to the substitute. Thats just what Perth needed early this period, just to raise the noise levels in the stands.
105 mins: Fifteen minutes remain before the horror of penalties. And it wouldnt surprise me if it did go to a shootout, given the lack of scoring chances weve had so far tonight.
104 mins: Perth look like theyre about to make a third change with Jake Brimmer getting briefed on the touchline.
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102 mins: Keogh is beaten to the ball by Calver as another promising Perth move forward is snuffed out.
101 mins: The good thing about Grant being public enemy No 1 in Perth at the moment is that if youve turned you head away from the game for a moment, you always know if hes on the ball.
“My whole dream of getting into Asia – once we get over this disappointment, the realisation that next year well be hosting those bigger clubs out of Japan and China and Korea – thats going to sink in.”
97 mins: Here goes Reza with his first real chance to show Perth what hes capable of. He sprints down the Sydney left, before crossing into the box, but theres no one there to get on the end of it.
“We really want to be the best club in Asia,” said Sage, who has pumped almost $30 million of his own money into Glory over the past 12 years.
96 mins: Kilkennys latest corner causes a moment of concern in the Sydney defence, but Redmayne isnt unduly troubled. Difficult to see where a goal is coming from at this stage.
They missed out on being crowned A-League champions but Perth Glory have set their sights on an even bigger goal – to be the kings of Asia.
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95 mins: And there goes Brosque. The end of a fine, fine career. And hes had a very good game tonight. Ghoochannejhad on to replace him.
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93 mins: Brosque clashes with Kilkenny in the middle of the park, as Reza gets ready to enter the fray, most likely for Brosque, who is currently doubled over clutching his hamstring.
92 mins: Caceres pulls off an outrageous bit of skill on this near touchline, but it looks like hes allowed the ball to go out of play. Still, mad skills.
91 mins: Scott Neville has come on for Ivan Franjic as Perth get the first period of extra-time gets underway.
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90+2 mins: Its not the best corner but Brosque asks the ref for a penalty, as Davidson tugs at his shirt. Nothing doing though and that could well be that.
90+1 mins: Its a great delivery by ONeill but Franjic stands up to the pressure and heads behind for a corner. Still danger…
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90 mins: Juande is the next to go into the book as tension increases. You might call this squeaky bum time now. ONeill over the free-kick…