Football gods were with Sydney FC

Sydney FC players celebrate with travelling members of The Cove after their 2-1 away win over Central Coast Mariners

Man of the match Paulo Retre conceded the Gods were with Sydney FC on Saturday night as their late win over Central Coast Mariners has the club within touching distance of the Premiership.

Matt Simon’s stoppage-time goal handed the Sky Blues a 2-1 win in Gosford, meaning they need just one more point from the final three games to secure back-to-back Premiers’ Plates.

It would be the first time in Hyundai A-League history a club has won the Premiership in consecutive years.

Speaking after the match, Retre was relieved his side has snapped their four-game winless run.

“On another day we get hard done by and they don’t go in but today, god bless, it went in,” said Retre, who set up both goals for his side.

“We’re just really happy to get the three points and we’re three points closer to winning the title now.

“Everybody knows it’s hard with the [AFC] Champions League, it’s not an excuse, it’s just reality.

“It’s just really exciting to win and now we look on to the next game.”

Sydney FC head coach Graham Arnold said the most important thing was claiming all three points.

“The other nine teams are trying to stop us from making history and we’re one point away from it, he said.

“When you sit back and look at the reality, the reality is we’re 8 clear, scored 57 goals and conceded 20 I think that’s a pretty good season.

“We’ll continue along those ways. After a couple of losses, these boys aren’t used to losing, I had a lot of work this week to clear the mess out of the boys brains and to focus them on the reality.

“Mariners gave a huge performance and I thought for the first 60 minutes we were great. The last 30 we got tired, but overall Matty Simon, it’s just deserved for the guy, he knows his role for the team and for him to come on and score that is a great reward for him.”

The Sky Blues will wrap up the title if they can avoid defeat when they travel to face Perth Glory on Thursday night, kick off 9.30pm (AEDT).

You can join like-minded Sky Blues’ fans and watch the team make history, live on the big screen at Sydney FC’s official ‘home away from home’ at The Star, Sydney.

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