Brosque edges Sydney past Jets
Sydney FC have claimed a valuable 1-0 win over the Newcastle Jets in front of 9155 fans at Allianz Stadium.
The Sky Blues dominated majority of the match with Filip Holosko missing a handful of excellent chances in the first half. The only goal of the game fell to Alex Brosque who found the back of the net in the 57th minute.
Graham Arnold made one change to the side that drew with Wellington Phoenix last round with Andrew Hoole making his first start for Sydney FC, demoting Shane Smeltz to the bench.
Meanwhile, the Jets made two alterations to their starting eleven with Milos Trifunovic returning to full fitness to replace Braedyn Crowley up front, and also with Ryan Kitto making his starting debut in the A-League to fill the void left by Leonardo.
It was anticipated to be a tightly contested affair, with both sides failing to record wins in the past four rounds.
The Sky Blues pressed the Jets early on and created a golden chance in the 16th minute with Andrew Hoole whipping in a superb cross for Filip Holosko at the far post, but the Slovakian’s shot incredibly missed the open goal and collided with the upright.
With Newcastle struggling to work the ball out of their own half, Filip Holosko again had an excellent opportunity to open the scoring in the 29th minute after Ninkovic showed composure inside the goal area to pick out Holosko, but the resulting shot from Sydney’s marquee-man flew wide of Birighitti’s goal.
Sydney FC should’ve taken the lead in the 35th minute after Rhyan Grant chipped in a ball for Holosko to run onto, but once again the Slovakian international failed to score as his header flew directly into the arms of Mark Birighitti.
Amazingly, Holosko was provided with yet another brilliant chance to score just prior to half time as he broke away from the Jets defence to create a one-on-one opportunity with Birighitti, but the Jets keeper remained poised to save Holosko’s shot on target.
The teams entered the sheds at half-time with a nil all scoreline as the Jets failed to register a shot on goal throughout the entire first period, in comparison to Sydney who recorded six shots in total with four of those falling to Filip Holosko.
The Jets started the second half far more lively than the first and created a great chance in the 48th minute with Alivodic firing a shot towards goal from inside the box, but the effort sailed over the crossbar.
However, it was Sydney FC who finally broke the deadlock in the 57th minute as Ninkovic flicked on the ball for Alex Brosque, who dribbled into the box and released a low shot which flew into the far corner, beating Birighitti. The goal was Brosque’s third of the campaign, and second against the Newcastle Jets this season.
As the Jets surged forward in search of an equalizer, coach Scott Miller injected an additional striker in Braedyn Crowley and the youngster almost found the back of the net in the 87th minute after David Carney delivered a delightful cross for Crowley whose header was saved by Vedran Janjetovic.
As the match entered stoppage time, the Jets had their best chance of the game as Carney lobbed a free-kick into a packed goal box to pick out substitute Nick Cowburn who latched onto the ball and released a header which only marginally hovered over the crossbar.
Shaun Evans eventually blew the whistle for full-time as Sydney FC secured a 1-0 win over the Newcastle Jets.
The Sky Blues have another Friday night fixture next week as they travel to face Adelaide United, whilst Newcastle return home to host a red-hot Melbourne City.
|Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Season’ Votes|
|3||Alex Brosque (Sydney FC)|
|2||Filip Holosko (Sydney FC)|
|1||Milos Ninkovic (Sydney FC)|