“Pick that out” is a phrase often uttered when a magnificent strike lashes the back of the net. But picking out one of the unbelievable goals scored throughout the 2020/21 A-League campaign as the best of the lot, however, will be no easy task.
Ultimately there can only be one winner for the A-League Goal of the Season, which will be revealed at the Dolan Warren Awards on Wednesday night. But which goals are in contention, and who scored the pick of the bunch this season?
The virtual awards night will take place from 7.30pm (AEST) on Wednesday night. Fans can watch the show via the A-League and Westfield W-League Facebook pages, My Football YouTube channel, and the My Football Live App on Wednesday evening, 23 June at 7:30pm (AEST).
The Dolan Warren awards will also be available to watch on Kayo Sports at the conclusion of the live show.
Watch some of the contenders for Goal of the Year below!
Loïc Puyo (Matchweek 4 v Newcastle Jets)
Loïc Puyo scored two goals in his maiden A-League campaign – both against the Jets – and his first in Matchweek 4 was converted in style.
The Frenchman attacked Ivan Franjic’s delivery into the box, but an intervention from Nikolai Topor-Stanley sent the ball tracking back behind Puyo’s run as he darted past the penalty spot. Puyo stopped, turned and converted with an overhead kick to put the Bulls ahead at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Mitchell Duke (Matchweek 12 v Wellington Phoenix)
Duke’s chest and volley in a 4-3 Wanderers win over Wellington was the second of two remarkable goals scored in a mesmerising 4-3 win for the Red and Black in Matchweek 12.
Collecting the ball off a lofted through pass, Duke nudged defender Tim Payne, took one touch off his chest and fired on goal, and before the ball could hit the deck it nestled into the back of the net.
Cameron Devlin (Matchweek 12 v Western Sydney Wanderers
Before Duke went on to score his tremendous volley in the second half, it was Wellington midfielder Cameron Devlin stunning those watching on with a bullet of a strike from well outside the box.
Devlin, like Duke, also used his chest to control as a deflection cannoned out from a dangerous area into his path. The ball fell to his feet and as it bobbled up and down off the surface Devlin elected to strike, dispatching the ball directly into the top corner on the half-volley.
Ben Halloran (Matchweek 16 v Macarthur FC)
Perhaps the most inventive of the contenders for Goal of the Year came from Ben Halloran in Adelaide United’s win over Macarthur FC in Matchweek 16.
The pinpoint volleyed cross from Josh Cavallo met Halloran in the goal-mouth, who nonchalantly back-heeled the ball past Adam Federici. Originally deemed offside, the goal would stand after a VAR check to put Halloran in the conversation for Goal of the Year.
Andrew Nabbout (Matchweek 17 v Melbourne Victory)
Did he mean it? Only Andrew Nabbout will know – but he’s got priors for striking with the outside of his right foot.
His Melbourne Derby goal sent Melbourne City on their way to a huge win over Melbourne Victory in Matchweek 17, travelling off his right boot from a tight angle on the left wing to hit the post and drop over the line.
Andy Keogh (Matchweek 21 v Western Sydney Wanderers)
A four-goal haul against the Wanderers in Matchweek 21 for Andy Keogh was highlighted by the outrageous half-volley struck from just beyond the centre circle.
Keogh headed the ball down initially to Bruno Fornaroli, who fed a bouncing pass back in his direction. From there Keogh took over, striking on the volley over a back-tracking Daniel Margush to find the back of the net.
Callum Timmins (Matchweek 23 v Wellington Phoenix)
Callum Timmins was the second Glory player to provide a late candidate for Goal of the Year when Perth travelled to Aukland to face Wellington at Eden Park.
Timmins stunned the packed crowd with a shot from range which ‘keeper Oliver Sail had no chance of pushing away from the top-right corner of goal. The Glory midfielder took two touches to open up the space on his right to dispatch the shot which kept rising until the net stopped it in its tracks.