David Williams’ last-gasp winner for ten-man Melbourne Heart FC ensured that the 2-1 win over Sydney will go down as one of the more memorable nights
David Williams- last-gasp winner for ten-man Melbourne Heart FC ensured that the 2-1 win over Sydney will go down as one of the more memorable nights at AAMI Park.
And Williams- effort will go down as one of the Club-s most memorable strikes.
The super sub balanced the perfect blend of pace, power, technique - and a calm head - to score one of the Hyundai A-League-s goals of the season.
But despite the Williams- execution following a blistering run of pace, it was the magnitude and significance of the goal, which secured Melbourne Heart three points after the team seemed destined for defeat, that made it special for the Club and its supporters.
“It was a good feeling, I-m still trying to comprehend the win, I think it was a good team effort again,” Williams said.
“I know it-s pretty cliché for everyone to say that, but we dug deep and it feels even better to win playing with a man less and we really enjoyed it last night.”
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Williams- came off the bench in the second half at the 69th minute mark as John van-t Schip injected two attacking players, with Benjamin Garuccio also entering the fray, in an adventurous attempt to secure all three points - despite his side possessing a numerical disadvantage after Orlando Engelaar's dismissal.
The plan eventuated as a masterstroke, although Williams admitted his burst of pace didn-t come without strong mental determination, with the side tiring rapidly after having to fight for nearly an hour with one less player.
“It-s different when you come on a sub because you seem to run out of steam, because you don-t have the time to work yourself into the game as you usually do,” Williams said.
“But it-s a mental thing because we know our bodies are right and fit and it was more about just attacking the goal.”
Williams said that the win rated as one of the best he had been involved in at Melbourne Heart.
“It was very special and we-re just glad that it was at AAMI Park to include all of our fans as part of it as well,” Williams said.
Despite the morale-boosting result and the fact that Melbourne Heart have collected seven points in its last three matches, Williams said the squad was remaining grounded.
“We can-t get too ahead of ourselves; we-ve still got a long way to go and we-ll take it a game at a time before we start looking too far into the future,” Williams said.
“I think we-ve hit a good part of form at the moment and take a lot of teams by surprise and hopefully be as dangerous as we were on [Friday night].”