Did Milos Ninkovic deserve the Joe Marston medal?

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Steve Corica said Milos Ninkovic is “better than Castro” and the best number 10 in Sydney FC’s history after the Serbian’s best on ground performance in Sydney’s grand final victory over Perth Glory.

But was Ninkovic truly deserving of the Joe Marston medal?

In a game which ended 0-0 after 120 minutes the decision to award Ninkovic – an attacking midfielder – as best afield when Sydney registered zero attempts on target through the entire game raised a few eyebrows.

But there was no question in the eyes of Sydney boss Corica, who had nothing but praise for his best player in the aftermath of his side’s shock grand final win.

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“He is the best marquee in Australia. Not Castro. He is,” Corica said.

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“He’s a winner, he’s brilliant and he’s the best number 10 we’ve had at the club. I told him that before the game.

“People think it’s Castro and he’s a top player as well, but this player has won many trophies for this club and he’ll continue to do so.”

Ninkovic’s selection for the Joe Marston medal is just another award to add to the Serbian’s stacked trophy shelf but in a contest lacking cutting edge in attack it seemed a defender was more suited to the tag of best afield.

Two prime candidates from either side – Jason Davidson and Rhyan Grant – played most of the game hot on each others’ heels, and despite the result either full-back could have picked up the award.

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Sydney FC had three shots for the night and all three came off Grant’s boot, and just as much as the right-back bombed forward he had to be equally aware of the attacking threat of Davidson the other way, who carved out a number of fantastic opportunities for his side while also contributing to Glory’s clean sheet.

But ultimately it was Ninkovic who came away with two medals draped around his neck, and as he spoke after the game the intermittent sound of metal clanging against metal reminded everyone within earshot just how good his evening had been.

“I’m so happy and proud of the boys, we deserved to win tonight,” Ninkovic said.

“As Steve said, we didn’t play well but in a grand final you can’t expect nice football because everyone wants to win. I felt tired of course but when it’s a final you can’t stop, you need to give more than 100% and I think we all did that.”

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Featured image credit: Matthew Comito

 

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Matthew Comito
Football nut, student journalist and firm believer that Berisha dived in the 2012 A-League Grand Final. Covering Perth Glory for the 2018/19 season.