Newcastle Jets’ 2-0 victory over Melbourne Victory not only increased their chances of a top two finish but of course saw them score for the 19th consecutive match, which is the longest scoring streak in the club’s history. But in terms of setting an A-League record they still have a long way to go. Not many teams have gone this long without being held scoreless. Heck, not even Graham Arnold’s all conquering Sydney FC have managed it (yet). But let’s take a look at the teams that have.
Despite losing Aaron Mooy and Harry Novillo (who scored 21 goals the season prior) Melbourne City still managed to score in 19 consecutive matches in the 2016/17 season. The streak started as a Bruno Fornaroli brace earned the club a 2-1 win over Newcastle in Round 7 and lasted until they lost 3-0 to Sydney FC in Round 25. They scored 34 goals in this period with Fornaroli netting 13 in 19 matches.
In 2016/17 Newcastle finished bottom, scoring just 28 and failed to find the back of the net in their final five matches of the season. They have scored in every game since including a 5-1 win over Central Coast Mariners in Round 1, a 4-0 win over Western Sydney Wanderers, and a 4-1 win over Melbourne Victory. Andrew Nabbout leads the way with eight goals, and he is one of 13 who have contributed to the 41 they have scored in 19 matches.
Remember that Melbourne City team of 2015/16 we spoke of earlier? Bruno Fornaroli, Aaron Mooy, and Harry Novillo scored 46 goals between them (16 more than Bobo, Adrian Mierzejewski, and Milos Ninkovic have scored this season). They went 20 matches without being held scoreless. It started in Round 7 with a 1-1 draw against Brisbane Roar and lasted until Round 27 when they lost 2-0 to eventual champions Adelaide United. They scored 49 goals in this time with Fornaroli scoring 17, Novillo 10, and Mooy eight. They were just three of 13 players to score in this time
Adelaide were scoring in consecutive matches before it was cool. United won the inaugural A-League Premier’s Plate and went 21 matches without being held scoreless. It began in Round 3 when Louis Brain scored the A-League’s fastest goal in 1-0 win over Victory and it didn’t end until their 1-0 loss to the Mariners in the preliminary final. They scored 35 goals in this 21 match period. Fernando Rech and Shengqing Qu both scored seven while the A-League’s first ever goal scorer Carl Veart finished closely with six.
Central Coast Mariners
We mentioned earlier that not even Graham Arnold’s Sydney FC have managed to score in as many matches consecutively but he did manage it in his first season with the Central Coast Mariners. The 2012-13 champions also went 21 matches without being held scoreless. The streak started in emphatic fashion, defeating Perth Glory 5-0 in Round 10 and ended in the 1st first of their semi-final against Brisbane Roar in a 2-0 loss. Ironically, they lost 2-0 to Brisbane in Round 9. They scored 41 times in 21 matches, Adam Kwasnik and Matt Simon both netted nine times.
Brisbane Roar hold an Australian sporting record for their 36 matches undefeated between Round 6 2010/11 and Round 8 2011/12, coincidentally they also hold an A-League record for consecutive matches scored in with 36. They scored in every match they were undefeated in, totalling 83 goals in 36 matches. Sixteen different players scored in this period (plus two own goals). Kosta Barbarouses and Jean Carlos Solorazano led the way with 11, Besart Berisha scored nine, while Thomas Broich, Mitch Nichols, and Henrique scored eight each.