Brillante’s brilliant season ends in stunning fashion


Josh Brillante, Sydney FC’s sixth-in-line to take a penalty, says he had complete confidence Milos Ninkovic would convert the Grand Final-winning fifth attempt.

Following Danny Vukovic’s denial of Marco Rojas, Ninkovic secured Sydney’s double by dispatching the decisive spot kick.

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Brillante was next in the order but had few nerves about having to step forward.

“I was just making sure I was staying focussed but I knew Ninko would finish it off,” the powerhouse midfielder told Fox Sports.

Milos Ninkovic celebrates after scoring the decisive penalty in Sydney FC's Grand Final triumph.

“The boys have been unbelievable this season and I can’t wait to celebrate with them.

“It’s crazy, football. What a year it’s been.”

Brillante only joined the Sky Blues last June having endured a tough two years in Italy.

The Bundaberg product has formed a hugely successful partnership with Brandon O’Neill in midfield and played a key part in Sydney winning the battle against a determined Melbourne Victory.

“I’ve never been in a Grand Final and to be able to do it in front of this crowd has been amazing,” he said of the sold-out Allianz Stadium.

“When I was walking out I had the biggest smile on my face.

“This atmosphere, friends and family all here, to top it off like this – the boys deserve it.”