David Williams took a slice of A-League history home on Sunday night as Alessandro Del Piero made way for the Melbourne City FC forward in the 65th minute.
In what was the Italian’s last game on Australian soil, Williams shared the moment with Del Piero as he farewelled the Australian game to a standing ovation in front of 55,000 fans at ANZ Stadium.
“He [Del Piero] was all for us and he’s been all for us the last couple of weeks so I’m just happy I got to play in the last game that he’ll be involved in [in Australia]," Williams said.
Williams came into the fray against a star-studded Juventus for the All Stars and worked hard down the left wing for the final 20 minutes, with the All Stars conjuring a goal through Western Sydney Wanderers' striker Tomi Juric while Williams was on the pitch.
Williams will have to re-focus quickly with Melbourne City FC Head Coach John van't Schip confirming that the forward may play a part in his side’s Westefield FFA Cup clash against Sydney FC on Tuesday evening.
“I know I have missed out on some very hard and physical training back at Melbourne City FC and now I’ll have to do a bit of catch up - but I still feel good, I feel fit and I am itching to play on Tuesday," Williams said.
“I’ll just try and prepare myself as best I can but knowing that I’ll be involved is something positive."
Williams said he was excited about kicking off the new campaign with an enticing clash against Sydney.
“I feel very special to be part of the Club and I am looking forward to the season ahead," Williams said.
“I’m sure we will start it off very positive and maintain that because last year wasn’t good enough and there’s only one thing we can do [and that] is get better.”