Sydney young guns continue to fire
They were largely an unknown quantity a few weeks ago, but four rounds into the inaugural National Youth League season Sydney FC’s young guns have proven they are a force to be reckoned with.
They were largely an unknown quantity a few weeks ago, but four rounds into the inaugural National Youth League season Sydney FC-s young guns have proven they are a force to be reckoned with.
“We-ve gotten off to a good start,” said striker Sean Rooney after the young Sky Blues- impressive away win over Perth. “We-re on top of the table, we-re undefeated, hopefully we can keep it up.”
After finding the net for the first time last week in FC-s round three win over Adelaide, Rooney collected a double yesterday against the Glory to help set up the 5-3 victory.
“It was a long trip, we knew it was going to be hard, it was hot weather, but we got the job done,” said the 19-year-old. “My aim is to score a goal in every game, so hopefully I can keep it up.”
Of concern to Sydney-s rivals would be the fact the side still has plenty of room for improvement.
“I-ve played with some of the boys before but until recently half of us have never played together,” Rooney explained. “Training can be tough because we can-t always get all the players together but we-re starting to gel as a group and things are looking good.”
This weekend Steve O-Connor-s side will again be on the road for a clash with the FC-s perennial enemies, the Melbourne Victory.
“It-s another big test for us. Melbourne haven-t gotten off to the best of starts but they-re a tough side and we-ll have to be on our game,” said Rooney.
The young Sky Blues will chase their fourth straight win when they take on the Victory at 4pm this Sunday in the Southern capital.
Sydney FC 5 (Golec 13', Rooney43- /44-), Jurman 68-, Gan 83-) Perth Glory 3 (Jukic (22-/26-/72-)
Members Equity Stadium, Perth Sunday 19 October 2008
Referee: David Costello
Perth Glory: 40.Devon SPENCE (gk), 2.Ryan PEARSON, 3.Scott NEVILLE (5.Brent GRIFFITHS 43-), 4.Liam HARVEY (3.Scott NEVILLE 66-), 6.Hayden DOYLE, 8.Howard FONDYKE, 9.Nick RIZZO (OA) (7.James SAMMUT 61-), 12.Reece VITTIGLIA, 13.Andrija JUKIC, 18.Mark LEE (OA) (10.Adam LUCA 61-), 19.David TARKA (OA) (9.Nick RIZZO (OA) 85-)
Substitutes not used: Nil Yellow cards: Ryan Pearson 30- Red Cards: Nil
Sydney FC: 20.Vedran JANJETOVIC (gk) (30.Lawrence THOMAS (gk) 61-), 2.Rhyan GRANT, 3.Adam BIDDLE (11.Kofi DANNING 61-), 4.Chris TRIANTIS, 5.Matthew JURMAN, 8.Antony GOLEC, 9.Sean ROONEY (6.Chris PAYNE 61-), 10.Zach CAIRNCROSS, 13.Sam MUNRO, 14.Brendan GAN, 16.Nikolas TSATTALIOS (7.Robbie MILESKI 61-)
Substitutes not used: Nil Yellow cards: Brendan Gan 38-, Matthew Jurman 64- Red Cards: Nil