Sky Blues get set to shoot down the Jets

Sydney football fans will get a preview of the season ahead this Sunday when Sydney FC lines up against Hyundai A-League rival, the Newcastle Jets in a final hit-out before the start of the new season.


Sydney football fans will get a preview of the season ahead this Sunday when Sydney FC lines up against Hyundai A-League rival, the Newcastle Jets in a final hit-out before the start of the new season.

Despite having a weakened squad at his disposal due to minor injuries and international duty, Coach Vitezslav Lavicka will use the match to fine-tune what will be his final lineup.

“It is very important because the main season is very close now,” said the Czech mentor of the friendly clash with the Jets. “Some players, youth players are with Socceroos Under-20 in South America but I think still we have a good squad.”

The Sydney Football Stadium clash with be Sydney-s 13th and last pre-season outing. With eleven wins and a draw under their belts so far, including a 2-nil victory against Newcastle a fortnight ago in Port Macquarie, the Sky Blues will be keen to complete an unbeaten run.

“We-ve gone in, we-ve gone about our business,” said in-form defender, Simon Colosimo. “ We-re disciplined off the pitch, which makes us disciplined as soon as we step on it.”

“We-re actually going to play at the stadium for the first time, it-s our home ground, and it-s another good opportunity to tweak things and have a look at things for round one,” Colosimo continued.

While some of Sydney FC stars will be missing, Swiss triallist, Stephan Keller will get his opportunity to impress in the heat of battle and push to become the club-s final signing in central defence.

“Yes we are going to (start with Keller),” the coach confirmed after training on Friday. “We have Simon Colosimo play there and we have Mitchell Prentice and some young players but we will see, we still need experience and strong play in this position.”

The pre-season friendly between Sydney FC and the Newcastle Jets gets underway at 2pm on Sunday afternoon at the Sydney Football Stadium. All seating will be general admission with tickets on sale at $10 for adults and $5 concession.

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Match Detail

Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets Sunday 26 July 2009 Sydney Football Stadium, Driver Avenue, Moore Park. Kick-off: 2:00pm

Gates open at 12:30pm.