Sydney FC - The Halfway Review

Champions Sydney FC have backed up their Grand Final success with a stellar first-half of the Hyundai A-League 2019/2020 season.

With impressive statistics, broken records, club debuts and moments we have to remember, we look back on how good our start to the campaign has been.

Recap:

The wins keep coming and the goals are going in. Sydney FC have stormed out to a nine-point lead at the top of the Hyundai A-League ladder with a whopping 31 points, with 28 goals scored (the best in the league) and just 12 conceded (the best in the league).

The Sky Blues started the season with two consecutive wins over Adelaide United and the Wellington Phoenix before going on a six game win streak stretching from Round 4 to Round 10.

This streak started with a comprehensive 4-1 win over the Newcastle Jets before downing Melbourne Victory in the #BigBlue. Two away days in a row saw two wins over Perth Glory and a 2-0 win (first clean sheet) over Hyundai A-League newcomers Western United.

The last two wins at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium were another enthralling 5-1 win over Brisbane before clipping the Central Coast Mariners.

To round off 2019, the Sky Blues fought from a goal and a player down in the top of the table clash to see us extend the lead at to nine points over Melbourne City.

2020 continued the winning ways with a 2-1 win over Adelaide United.

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The Sky Blues have enjoyed a stellar start to the 2019/20 season.

Best Moments:

1. Ryan McGowan’s winner on his Hyundai A-League debut in Adelaide.

2. Rhyan Grant’s spectacular goal against Wellington.

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Rhyan Grant celebrates that goal against Wellington.

3. Kosta Barbarouses opening his account for the Sky Blues with a goal against Newcastle.

4. Our #BigBlue win as Barbarouses punished his former club.

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Kosta Barbarouses stabs home the winner against his former club. Photo by Keith McInnes

5. Beating Perth Glory on their own turf, again.

6. Alex Baumjohann’s devastating form in Geelong.

7. Adam Le Fondre bagging his first Sky Blue hat-trick against Brisbane.

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Adam Le Fondre celebrates his hat-trick against the Roar. Photo by Jaime Castaneda (@jamcas50)

8. Trent Buhagiar scoring his maiden Sydney FC Hyundai A-League goal on his comeback from injury.

9. That valiant victory over Melbourne City with 10-men after being a goal down.

10. Paulo Retre’s brace against Adelaide.

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Paulo Retre celebrates a goal against Adelaide. Photo by Jaime Castaneda (@jamcas50)

Player Debuts:

Kosta Barbarouses:

  • Sydney FC Competitive Debut vs Brisbane Roar (FFA Cup)
  • Sydney FC Hyundai A-League Debut vs Adelaide United (Rd 1)

Alexandar Baumjohann:

  • Sydney FC Competitive Debut vs Brisbane Roar (FFA Cup)
  • Sydney FC Hyundai A-League Debut vs Adelaide United (Rd 1)

Ryan McGowan:

  • Sydney FC Competitive Debut vs Brisbane Roar (FFA Cup)
  • Sydney FC Hyundai A-League Debut vs Adelaide United (Rd 1)

Luke Brattan:

  • Sydney FC Competitive Debut vs Brisbane Roar (FFA Cup)
  • Sydney FC Hyundai A-League Debut vs Adelaide United (Rd 1)

Trent Buhagiar:

  • Sydney FC Hyundai A-League Debut vs Newcastle Jets (Rd 4)

Tom Heward-Belle:

  • Sydney FC Debut vs Adelaide United (Rd1)

Ryan Teague:

  • Sydney FC Debut vs Brisbane Roar (Rd 9)

Harry Van Der Saag:

  • Sydney FC Hyundai A-League Debut vs Central Coast Mariners (Rd 10)
  • Sydney FC Hyundai A-League Starting Debut vs Adelaide United (Rd 12)

Patrick Flottmann:

  • Sydney FC Hyundai A-League Debut vs Melbourne City (Rd 11)

Jordi Swibel:

  • Sydney FC Hyundai A-League Debut vs Adelaide United (Rd 12)

Re-Signings:

  • Joel King, Luke Ivanovic, Trent Buhagiar, Michael Zullo, Milos Ninkovic, Head Coach Steve Corica, Paulo Retre (Two Seasons).
  • Thomas Heward-Belle, Alex Wilkinson (One Season).
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Joey's Captain Ryan Teague was one of a number of Sydney FC debutantes. Photo by Jaime Castaneda (@jamcas50)

Records/Milestones:

  • 12 straight league wins at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.
  • 10straight league wins at home.
  • Undefeated in nine matches
  • Rhyan Grant 200 Sydney FC Appearances
  • Michael Zullo 100 Sydney FC Appearances
  • Adam Le Fondre 50 Sydney FC Appearances
  • Adam Le Fondre Sydney FC third top goal scorer
  • Milos Ninkovic Sydney FC equal fourth top goal scorer