Sydney FC on Red alert after sinking the Mariners

Sydney FC’s high-flying National Youth League side has set its sights on next weekend’s Grand Final against Adelaide United after warming up for the season decider with a hard fought 1-nil win over the Central Coast Mariners on Saturday evening at Pluim Park, near Gosford.


Sydney FC-s high-flying National Youth League side has set its sights on next weekend-s Grand Final against Adelaide United after warming up for the season decider with a hard fought 1-nil win over the Central Coast Mariners on Saturday evening at Pluim Park, near Gosford.

Despite the narrow scoreline the junior Sky Blues were rarely troubled by the home team and were on the front-foot from the outset, with Robbie Mileski claiming his fourth goal of the campaign and giving Sydney the lead after only nine minutes of play.

Steve O-Connor-s young charges were industrious throughout and always looked in control of the final-round contest, and they-ll carry plenty of confidence into the final against the Reds, who earned the right to face Sydney courtesy of their high scoring draw with the Queensland Roar.

The inaugural National Youth League Grand Final is scheduled to be played next Saturday, February 21 as a curtain-raiser to the Hyundai A-League preliminary final between Adelaide and Queensland.

Click here to read a full report on the National Youth League page of the Hyundai A-League website.

Match Detail

Central Coast Mariners 0 Sydney FC 1 (Mileski 9')

Central Coast Mariners: 30.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk) (1.Matthew NEMES (gk) 55-), 2.Steven TIBBETTS, 5.Nathan SHERLOCK, 6.David D'APUZZO (13.Laurence BRAUDE 46-), 7.Matthew LEWIS, 8.Pedj BOJIC (OA), 9.Brady SMITH, 10.Glen TRIFIRO, 11.Darko VIDOVIC, 14.Greg OWENS (OA) (12.Scott WRIGHT 46-), 17.Sean MITCHELL (16.Ashley BALCOMB 53-).

Substitutes not used: Nil.

Yellow Cards: Steven TIBBETTS 57-. Red Cards: Nil. Goals: Nil.

Sydney FC: 1.Vedran JANJETOVIC (gk), 3.Steve LUSTICA, 4.Chris TRIANTIS (c) (13.Sam MUNRO 59-), 5.Matthew JURMAN, 6.Chris PAYNE, 7.Robbie MILESKI (2.Rhyan GRANT 57-), 8.Antony GOLEC, 11.Kofi DANNING, 12.Ibrahim HAYDAR (10.Zach CAIRNCROSS 50-), 16.Matthew HALL, 17.Luke AUSTIN.

Substitutes not used: Nil.

Yellow Cards: Robbie MILESKI 36-, Chris PAYNE 70-, Zach CAIRNCROSS 71-, Antony GOLEC 84-. Red Cards: Nil. Goals: Robbie MILESKI 9-.

Referee: Stuart Wolfe.