Newcastle end Sydney FC’s unbeaten run

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 03: Adrian Mierzejewski of Sydney FC is tackled by Wayne Brown of the Jets during the round 22 A-League match between the Newcastle Jets and Sydney FC at McDonald Jones Stadium on March 3, 2018 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

SYDNEY FC’s unbeaten rampage in this year’s A-League finally came to an end on the weekend in a tense, top of the table clash with Newcastle Jets.

Until Saturday night, Sydney’s 15-game run provided an unassailable points buffer, all but confirming the 2017/18 ALeague Premiership title.

But it was the way Newcastle disposed of Sydney FC on the weekend that signalled they are a real threat to the Sky Blues plans for back-to-back championship and premiership titles.

Down to 10 men after just 10 minutes, after a straight red card for striker Roy Donovan, Newcastle showed character and exceptional spirit, taking the lead following a controversial penalty, converted by former Sydney FC player Dimi Petratos.

Bob‘ put the Sky Blues back on level terms, but the joy was short-lived as the Brazilian’s goal was can cancelled out by a long-range cracker from Andrew Nabbout.

Despite coming close a number after times after this, it wasn’t to be as Graham Arnold’s men tasted defeat for only the third time in over two seasons.

“We didn’t stop trying but the execution let us down in the end,” Arnold said after the game.

“When we got back to 1-1, I thought we would go on with it but a wonderful goal from Nabbout gave them confidence to go on.

“We’ll have a look at the performance during the week. The boys are hurting in the change room but we’ll learn from this. I expect a great reaction now.”

 

Sydney FC’s Family Fun Afternoon

SYDNEY FC’s next match in the A-League will be on March 17 at home against Brisbane Roar, with the focus
over the next week on their home and away fixtures against their next AFC Champions League opponent,
Kashima Antlers, based in Iberaki Prefecture, Japan.

But the wait will be worth it for the Sky Blue’s younger fans, with the club setting up for a ‘Family Fun’ afternoon ahead of the showdown with their Queensland visitors. Sydney FC’s partnership with Twentieth Century Fox
Home Entertainment, will see the family animated movie “Ferdinand” on both big screens at Allianz Stadium prior to kick-off (7:50pm), providing a fantastic two-for-one experience for members and casual match  ticket holders.

Gates for the match on Saturday March 17 will open at 5pm, with the screening beginning at 5:10pm on the north and south super screens.

“Ferdinand portrays universal values that are applicable in all walks of life and the club as a whole is delighted with this opportunity to engage and excite our junior and young family supporter base,” said Chief Executive Officer Danny Townsend.

Additionally, for those that arrive early for the movie 1,000 free Ferdinand face masks will be handed out on entry, giving you the opportunity to win throughout the afternoon.

In a special promotion by the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust and Delaware North the first 500 children to visit the food and beverage outlet outside Gate C will score a free small popcorn and slushie to enjoy during the movie, with special $10 combo deals available all evening. Townsend was excited about the value proposition.

“We know we haven’t had the ability to host too many family friendly kick-offs this year and we think this opportunity provides a great chance to do that plus provide exceptional value for the family,” he said.

“A family ticket to watch the best team in the league, a family ticket to watch a movie, free food and beverages on offer and free public transport to the game is exceptional value”.

The Weekly Times is giving three readers the chance to win a double pass for Sydney FC’s next home match against Brisbane Roar on March 17 at Sydney Football Stadium, kick off 7.50pm. To be in the running, go to TWT’s website – weeklytimes.com.au – click on the ‘WIN STUFF’ tab on the top right hand corner and complete the online form.