Sydney FC 1 (Brosque 20’) drew. Newcastle Jets FC 1 (Cowburn 87’)
Sydney FC have moved a point clear at the top of the Hyundai A-League and remain undefeated after a last-ditch goal secured a 1-1 draw for last season’s Grand Finalists the Newcastle Jets on Saturday night.
Moments That Mattered:
- LE FONDRE CHANCE - 8’ – The striker muscles his way into the box but just drags his shot wide.
- BROSQUE GOAL – 20’ – Brosque’s glancing header slips under Moss for the opener.
- NINKOVIC DENIED – 65’ – Ninko unleashes a venomous shot after being laid off by Brosque.
- COWBURN GOAL – 87’ – Cowburn glances a near post header into the net.
- LOKOLI-NGOY SHOT SAVED BY MOSS – 90+2’ – The youngster gets himself into an excellent position to feed off Ninko’s pass but Moss produces a top class save to flick a leg at Charles’s lifted shot.
Sydney FC Captain Alex Brosque led by example to opening the scoring during a dominant first half for the Sky Blues. Brosque finished off a great move and cross from Socceroos call-up Rhyan Grant to glance his near post header under Moss’ body for the opener.
Whilst the goalmouth action from both sides was minimal, the Sky Blues controlled proceedings throughout the remainder of the half.
A tightly contested second half saw the home side grab a late equaliser via the head of Cowburn.
A tantalising end to the game almost lead to youngster Lokoli-Ngoy grabbing his first Hyundai A-League goal and all three points but it wasn’t to be after Moss produced a brilliant save to deny the striker’s intelligent shot.
Sydney FC now turns their attention to the huge Big Blue clash against Melbourne Victory at Jubilee Stadium in two week’s time.
What they said:
“We kept our shape well like last week, grabbed the goal we needed but disappointing to drop two points which we should have had, but we move on.”
“We played a phenomenal first half and a pretty good second and conceding in the last 10 minutes of the game hurts a little.
“You go back in, look at the positives. We played a lot of good stuff in a stadium that’s hard to play at.
"We learn from that, there’s plenty of football to be played and we focus on the positives.”
“It’s disappointing to concede a goal like that but we dominated.
“I think we had the best chance to win it at the end.
“We’ll take a point. It’s not an easy place to come and play at. I’m proud of the boys for the effort they put in.”
Sydney FC: 1. Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), 4. Alex WILKINSON, 5. Jop Van Der LINDEN, 6. Joshua BRILLANTE, 7. Michael ZULLO, 8. Paulo RETRE (11. Daniel De SILVA 74’), 9. Adam Le FONDRE, 10. Milos NINKOVIC, 13. Brandon O’NEILL, 14. Alex BROSQUE (21. Charles LOKOLI NGOY 82’), 23. Rhyan GRANT.
Subs Not Used: 20. Aleksander CISAK (GK), 2. Aaron CALVER, 24. Cameron DEVLIN.
Yellow Cards: 6. Joshua BRILLANTE 55’, 9. Adam Le FONDRE 77’, 5. Jop Van Der LINDEN 85’.
Red Cards: None.
Newcastle Jets FC: 1. Glen MOSS (GK), 3. Jason HOFFMAN (32. Angus THURGATE 82’), 4. Nigel BOOGAARD, 5. Benjamin KANTAROVSKI (16. Nicholas COWBURN 70’), 6. Steven UGARKOVIC, 7. Dimitri PETRATOS, 8. JAIR (14. Kaine SHEPPARD 67’), 10. Ronald VARGAS, 17. Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 22. Lachlan JACKSON, 44. Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY.
Subs not used: 20. Lewis ITALIANO (GK), 13. Ivan VUJICA.
Yellow Cards: 17. Daniel GEORGIEVSKI 53’
Red Cards: None
Ground: McDonald Jones Stadium
Referee: Shaun Evans