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Champagne performance earns Isaias the Joe Marston medal

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Isaias has hailed Adelaide United’s maiden A-League grand final triumph as the biggest moment of his football career.

The Spanish midfielder was awarded the Joe Marston Medal as best on ground in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Western Sydney, after he lit up Adelaide Oval with a sublime first-half free-kick to put the Reds on course for their maiden title.

Isaias was granted an opportunity to get his name on the scoresheet after Wanderers captain Nikolai Topor-Stanley was shown a yellow card for a foul on Bruce Kamau.

Both the 29-year-old and fellow Spaniard Marcelo Carrusca stood over the subsequent dead ball but it was the former who took it, striking a peach of a shot that lifted over the wall and swerved into the top-left corner.

‘It was a little bit lucky, but it was a beautiful goal,’ Isaias said.

‘I want to say thanks to all of my teammates, they help me a lot to play well.’

The former La Liga player was an integral part of an overall superb Reds performance.

Guillermo Amor’s side had the edge over the Wanderers in the first half, and stubbornly resisted them in the second before substitute Pablo Sanchez sealed the result with a 90th-minute strike.

An elated Isaias described it as the biggest moment of his 10-year senior career.

‘Yes, 100 per cent,’ he said.

‘This is a special moment in my career … I’m so proud of my teammates, I’m very happy for all the staff, for all the fans and the city – for everyone.’

“I think it was a beautiful goal – I took the responsibility,” said Isaias.

“I want to say thanks to my teammates for helping me play well. I didn’t ask to receive this medal but I’m very happy for that.”

Champagne flowed from the Reds’ dressing room into the post-match press conference as United’s players celebrated their Championship win over Wanderers on Sunday.

The Reds did the double on Sunday winning the Hyundai A-League Grand Final just weeks after winning the Premiership.

It marked one of the most remarkable turnarounds in A-League and Aussie sporting history.

As coach Gui Amor and set-piece hero Isaias answered questions by the media, a throng of Reds stars lead by Marcelo Carrusca and Bruce Djite interrupted proceedings spraying bottles of champagne over their boss and man of the match Isaias.

Amor added the plaudits should be for the players and the fans.

“It was a special day. For a coach you can’t touch the ball. In this moment I’m happy, very happy but this is for them [the players].

“The playing group is a special group of players. I’m happy we achieved this, it’s not easy to arrive and not easy to win.

“But we are here and we win. We deserve to win this game.

“It was a big day for Adelaide. The last week was a different week a special week. The people in the street were saying, ‘C’mon, c’mon, c’mon’

“But today is the final the stadium was full and supporters were fantastic. The city today is happy.”

© 2016 FourFourTwo Australia & SKY Sports | This article was created using source material from FourFourTwo Australia and SKY Sports which first appeared on 1 May 2016.

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