Brisbane Roar's Jamie Maclaren delivered a timely reminder of his quality to Australia coach Ange Postecoglou with an A-League wonder goal to sink Melbourne Victory and deliver the Premiers' Plate to Sydney FC.
Brisbane's 1-0 win confirms Sydney's first silverware in seven years as the runaway leaders enter Sunday's clash with Perth Glory 11 points ahead of the second-placed Victory with three rounds to play.
But Maclaren's 51st-minute strike at Suncorp Stadium proved just as important for the Roar...
Melbourne Victory head to Brisbane understrength but have vowed to make Sydney FC earn their A-League premiership.
Anything less than three points for Kevin Muscat's side on Saturday night will see the Sky Blues crowned this season's premiers.
But it shapes as a tough ask for Victory, who have been hit by another unavailability for the crunch match.
Muscat will be without four internationals -- Besart Berisha, James Troisi, Marco Rojas and Jai Ingham -- as well as the recently departed Oliver...
James Troisi is hopeful a marquee contract offer from Melbourne Victory is forthcoming because he doesn't want to make another "gamble" in his on-again, off-again career.
The 28-year-old is back in the Socceroos fold for the first time since the 2015 Asian Cup final and in contention to replace the injured Tom Rogic in midfield for Thursday's crucial World Cup qualifier against Iraq.
He is also keeping a close eye on matters back home following the sale of Oliver Bozanic to J-League club Ventforet...