Melbourne edge Sydney in five goal thriller

Melbourne Victory 3 – Sydney FC 2 (A-League, December 27, 2008) Sydney’s Shannon Cole and Brendan Gan both scored in the opening four minutes of the game, but Archie Thompson pulled one back for the home side on 14 minutes in a frantic opening. With 20 minutes left sub Nick Ward score with a stunning strike from well outside the box with his first touch, before sub-Fabiano ensured the home side took all three points by tapping in at the back post after 80 minutes.