Reds Rewind – Pantelis’ sublime finish seals rout


Our Reds Rewind series revisits a memorable moment in the Original Rivalry, produced by Lucas Pantelis and that emphatic finish way back in 2007.

Leading 3-1 in Round 8 of the 2007/08 season in stoppage time, Adelaide were targeting redemption following the heavy Grand Final defeat nine months earlier.

And Pantelis rubbed salt into the wounds of the Victory to complete the rout with a stunning effort to leave an indelible mark on the fixture.

The left-winger showcased his calmness and accuracy after Travis Dodd’s deft touch in the centre of the pitch from a long ball played through the then 25-year-old.

Pantelis, still with plenty of work to do, dribbled at his opponent before sweetly dispatching a left-footed strike into the top right corner – the final nail in Victory’s coffin.

Pantelis on that mesmerising finish…

“Obviously for me that was an important time in my career because I had returned from about five or six months coming back from an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury,” he explained.

“So I came back in 2007 that Asian Champions League campaign of coming back from it and then we had the offseason and then started a fresh season.

“So I missed the 2006/07 season and then for me 2007/08 was obviously that goal and it was just a really important time.

“I had a really good few years after that and it just made me realise as a person that I was back from my ACL injury.

“And obviously the goal itself from what I can remember was a counter-attack and the ball got played out to Travis (Dodd), he laid it off and I got it from the halfway line.

“I think I took on Steve Pantelidis at the time and head down over it and in it went.”

Lucas Pantelis scores an emphatic fourth in a 4-1 rout of Melbourne Victory