Lawrence Thomas joins 100-game club

Melbourne Victory goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas made his 100th Hyundai A-League appearance in Friday night's 3-1 elimination final win over Wellington Phoenix.

Thomas made his Victory debut in 2011, coming off the bench to play his part in a dramatic 2-2 draw with Brisbane Roar.

Since then, the shot-stopper has kept 24 clean sheets and won 51 of his 100 A-League games.

The 26-year-old is currently enjoying his seventh season as a Victory player and has been a regular first-choice for Kevin Muscat since 2016.

 

Here are some of Thomas’ Victory highlights so far, starting with the obvious one:

Joe Marston Medallist 2018

Thomas’ heroic performance in the 2018 A-League Grand Final earned him the Joe Marston Medal – becoming only the second goalkeeper to achieve this feat since 2006.

On the night, Thomas pulled off a catalogue of incredible saves including a memorable double-save in the first half.

Thomas’ bravery earned him a Grand Final clean sheet, a second A-League Championship medal and an abundance of head bandages.

The double

Thomas played an important role in the latter stages of Victory’s double-winning season in 2014/2015 – keeping four clean sheets in seven appearances.

In the Grand Final at AAMI Park, Thomas kept Sydney at bay for 90 minutes – ensuring an emphatic 3-0 win over the Big Blue rivals.  

Goals from Besart Berisha, Kosta Barbarouses and Leigh Broxham sealed Thomas’ first taste of Grand Final glory.

A five-star performance

In the final round of the 2015/2016 season, Brisbane Roar visited AAMI Park needing a win to be crowned A-League Premiers.

In only his fifth appearance of the campaign, Thomas frustrated the visitors by making a host of top saves – including a one-on-one with Jamie Maclaren.

Late in the game, Brisbane’s last chance fell to James Donachie. Once again Thomas remained unbeaten and denied the Roar's bid to finish top-of-the-table.