Sydney FC edge Jets to go top

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Sydney FC returned to the top of the A-League table as they overcame Newcastle Jets 2-1 at Allianz Stadium.

The Jets arrived at the home of the Sky Blues with a depleted squad as they went head to head with last season’s champions.

The visitors lacked conviction in the attacking third without their leading marksman Roy O’Donovan.

The league leaders were ambushed by Sydney who responded perfectly after last week’s disappointing defeat to the Central Coast Mariners.

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From the beginning, the Sky Blues heaped the pressure on the Jets with the visitors finding it finding to deal with Sydney’s attacking trio.

The hosts fast start paid off after five minutes when Bobo glided past Steven Urgakovic and found teammate Milos Ninkovic unmarked in the box.

The Serbian playmaker calmly slotted his shot past Jets goalkeeper Jack Duncan to put his into the lead.

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Newcastle responded well after conceding as Joseph Champness’ strike almost restored parity on his starting debut for the Jets.

Aside from Champness’ opportunity the visitors spent the majority of the first 45 minutes stuck in their own half as they attempted to control Sydney’ attacking onslaught.

Duncan was in inspired form for Ernie Merrick’s men and the goalkeeper was at his best as he kept out Alex Brosque’s header midway through the first half to prevent the hosts from extending their advantage.

Merrick’s side mustered one more opportunity before half time when Andrew Nabbout almost took full advantage of Paulo Retre’s rare mistake.

The defender’s pass found its way to the Newcastle striker as he tested the reflexes of Sydney’s Andrew Redmayne.

Both sides entered the second half full of energy with plenty of chances for the two outfits with Brosque going close for the Sky Blues while Champness forced Redmayne into action following the visitors’ incisive counter attack.

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The hosts maintained their stronghold across the middle of the park and doubled their advantage just before the hour mark when Bobo pounced on Duncan’s horrific goalkeeping error.

The visitors reduced the deficit in the 65th minute when Dimi Petratos’ long range strike flew into the back of the net past Redmayne.

The Sydney goalkeeper misjudged the flight of the ball and his error gave Merrick’s men a way back into the encounter with 25 minutes left on the clock.

Petratos’ strike made for a nervy finish for Graham Arnold’s men as they came close to conceding from Ben Kantarovski’s opportunity.

With the rain belting down at Allianz Stadium, the hosts held on for all three points as they survived a late Jets surge to return to the top of the table at the expense of their opponents.

 

Sydney FC 2 (Ninkovic 5’, Bobo 59’)

Newcastle Jets 1 (Petratos 65’)

 

Allianz Stadium

Referee: Kurt Ams

Assistant Referees: Scott Edeling and Andrej Giev

Fourth Official: Stephen Lucas

 

Sydney FC

1. REDMAYNE Andrew (gk), 4. WILKINSON Alexander, 5. BUIJS Jordy, 6. BRILLANTE Joshua, 7. ZULLO Michael, 8. RETRE Paulo, 9. BOBO, 10. NINKOVIC Milos, 13. O’NEILL Brandon, 14. BROSQUE Alex (c), 17. CARNEY David.

Substitutes: 11. MIERZEJEWSKI Adrian, 16. KALIK Anthony, 21. LOKOLINGOY Charles, 22. RYALL Sebastian, 30. HEWARD-BELLE Thomas (gk).

 

Newcastle Jets

1. DUNCAN Jack (gk), 3. HOFFMAN Jason, 4. BOOGAARD Nigel (c), 5. KANTAROVSKI Benjamin, 6. UGARKOVIC Steven, 7. PETRATOS Dimitri, 13. VUJICA Ivan, 15. NABBOUT Andrew, 17. GEORGIEVSKI Daniel, 24. CHAMPNESS Joseph, 44. TOPOR-STANLEY Nikolai.

Substitutes: 16. COWBURN Nicholas, 18. KOUTROUMBIS John, 22. JACKSON Lachlan, 23. CLUT Devante, 30. NECEVSKI Ivan (gk).

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Samuel Greco Schwartz
Samuel Greco Schwartz
Studying Journalism at UTS. Obsessed with football and a die hard supporter of Sydney FC and Liverpool FC in the EPL

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