Victory’s run to a second FFA Cup crown

Melbourne Victory was crowned FFA Cup Champion once again, the Final yet another thrilling encounter on the way to the title.

Victory claimed the trophy for a second time and first since 2015 courtesy of Saturday’s 2-1 win over the Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park.

Like the cup run as a whole, it proved a thriller as the game came to life in the final 20 minutes

We take a look back at Victory’s run to the title as 31 players were used on the way to the trophy.

Play-off: Perth Glory 1 Victory 1 (3-4 on pens)

Victory’s bid to enter the FFA Cup proper got off to a flying start thanks to a stunning opener from Lleyton Brooks inside 40 seconds.

But Joshua Anasmo equalised for Perth, which hosted the game in Adelaide, in the first half.

After a cagey encounter, the clash went to penalties.

Anthony Leban was the hero from the penalty spot for a youthful Victory, which also had Luis Lawrie-Lattanzio, Nishan Velupillay and Ryan Lethlean convert spot-kicks as Jerrad Tyson stepped up in goals.

Round of 32: Adelaide City 0 Victory 1

A youthful Victory returned to Marden Sports Complex in the last 32.

Victory was put under huge pressure by the host before Leban struck a 96th-minute penalty after Lawrie-Lattanzio was fouled in the area.

Round of 16: Gold Coast Knights 1 Victory 2 (aet)

On the road again, Victory fell behind in the first half following a Cai Tipaldo goal.

Lawrie-Lattanzio, though, equalised early in the second half following a pass from Velupillay.

The extra-time winner from William Wilson was spectacular, the midfielder using the outside of his boot to curl into the top corner from just outside the area after being teed up by Zaydan Bello.

Quarter Finals: Adelaide United 1 Victory 2

A tough test at Coopers Stadium got even tougher for Victory when Craig Goodwin scored a first-half free-kick.

Captain Josh Brillante brought Victory level when he got on the end of a Jake Brimmer set-piece.

Francesco Margiotta scored the winner from the penalty spot with 11 minutes remaining to send Victory through.

Semi Finals: Victory 4 Wellington Phoenix 1

Victory again trailed at the break after a goal from Gary Hooper at GMHBA Stadium.

But Victory produced a devastating 25-minute spell to finish the contest.

Brillante drilled in an equaliser before Robbie Kruse did wonderfully to set up Nick D’Agostino.

The in-form Ben Folami added a third for Victory before D’Agostino tucked away a Chris Ikonomidis pass to seal the win.

Final: Victory 2 Central Coast Mariners 1
After a tight first half in front of a rapturous AAMI Park crowd, Victory piled on the pressure after the interval.

Jason Davidson opened the scoring with 20 minutes remaining courtesy of a wonderful free-kick.

Ikonomidis’ first Victory goal, a stunning rifled effort, appeared to seal the win before the host needed to see out a nervy final few moments following an Oliver Bozanic effort.