Love him or hate him, Roy O’Donovan is one of the A-League’s top marksmen. The Irishman has had an interesting three-year A-League career which has saw him win an award for goal of the year, head butt Manny Muscat, leave his side for their biggest rivals and score three goals in his first match against them. The former Central Coast-turned Newcastle Jets’ striker will celebrate his 50th A-League appearance this week against Wellington Phoenix, and he already has 24 goals to his name. But how many players have scored more goals than O’Donovan by this time?
Roy O’Donovan: I saw it before the game and I was thinking to myself ‘that’s a good looking snake’
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Is that another Roy O’Donovan goal ?
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Bruno Fornaroli has only played 56 matches but his 42 goals make him the 12th highest goal scorer in the competition’s history. Forty of those goals came in his first 50 matches, he scored seven against Perth, six against Newcastle, and six against the Central Coast in that time. No player in A-League history has scored as many goals in his first 50 matches.
The A-League’s greatest goal scorer with 103 goals scored 33 goals in his first 50 A-League matches (he scored six in his first four matches!). Six of those came against Perth and he scored five against both Adelaide and Wellington.
Shane Smeltz was arguably the A-League’s best forward before Besart Berisha debuted, the New Zealand international netted 31 goals in his first 50 A-League matches. Six of those came against Newcastle, and because players like scoring against Perth, five of those came against the Glory.
Glory fans can relax because the next entry on the list is their very own Andy Keogh. The Irishman scored 28 times in his first 50 matches. The current Perth captain scored four goals against Brisbane and Melbourne Victory in this time.
Archie Thompson was long the A-League’s top scorer. He got off to a head start scoring 27 goals in his first 50 matches. Six of those came against Adelaide, with five of those coming in the 2007 Grand Final, he also scored five goals against Sydney FC in his first 50 A-League matches
Sergio van Dijk
In his first two A-League seasons Sergio van Dijk played 50 matches for Brisbane. In those 50 matches he netted 25 times. Six of those goals came against the Central Coast and five came against Sydney.
Alessandro Del Piero
The A-League’s biggest marquee player, apologies Marcin Buzdinski, World Cup, UEFA Champions League, and Serie A winner Alessandro Del Piero played 48 matches in his two seasons at Sydney FC between 2012-14. He played two matches less but still managed 24 goals. He scored six of those against Wellington, including four in one game, and five against Brisbane.
We all love Perth’s Diego Castro. Mostly because of the start he’s made. He has scored 26 goals in 57 A-League matches, 24 came in his first 50 matches. He has his favourites as well, five of those have come against Melbourne Victory, and he has scored four each against Melbourne City, Adelaide, and Newcastle.