As we look excitedly towards Season 2021/22, we’re reminding ourselves about the year that was with a month by month look back at the Sky Blues in 2020/21.
From stunning strikes to Sydney Derby highs, new rivalries and old foes, there was a bit of everything in a season like no other.
Western Sydney Wanderers 2 vs Sydney FC 3
Sydney FC came incredibly close to securing a fully deserved draw in the Sydney Derby, going down 3-2 in a game they dominated from start to finish.
Despite a dominant opening 45 minutes the Sky Blues found themselves two down at the break. An equaliser from skipper Alex Wilkinson just after half time gave a lifeline but a goal against the run of play from Scott MacDonald restored the deficit.
Sydney FC were left to rue a missed penalty late on when a 94th minute goal from Bobô pulled the score back to 3-2.
Newcastle Jets 1 vs Sydney FC 1
Sydney FC’s Premiership hopes took a dive with the Sky Blues controversially conceding a penalty from a VAR call which alleged the ball had unfairly struck the hand of Bobô.
It was stroked home by O’Donovan before an own goal in the last 15 minutes gave Sydney FC a share of the spoils.
Western United 0 vs Sydney FC 1
Adam Le Fondre returned to Sky Blues for the first time since his Indian adventure and it was his second half penalty that secured all three points for Sydney FC.
It was another VAR decision which awarded the penalty but this time in favour of the away side who took full advantage.
Sydney FC 1 vs Melbourne Victory 0
Adam Le Fondre partnered Bobô up front for the first time and it worked wonders early on with the Englishman’s header from a corner in the tenth minute parried for Bobô to nudge over the line.
Barbarouses’ late strike after Ninkovic had opened up the Victory defence sealed a second win in four days for the Sky Blues, and the third win in two months over Victory.
Sydney FC 1 vs Western Sydney Wanderers 0
It was a third win in the space of a week for Sydney FC as Bobô’s glorious header at the Sydney Cricket Ground gave Steve Corica’s side the boost they needed in the last home game of the regular season.
Great work from Joel King freed Ninkovic who played an inch perfect ball into the Brazilian to flick a header home.
Adelaide United 1 vs Sydney FC 4
In one of the performances of the season Sydney FC gave rivals Adelaide a real scare on their own patch with a 4-1 win.
Goals from Le Fondre (2), Bobô and substitute Patrick Wood put the Reds on the back foot for the Finals Series as Jordan Elsey was sent off for two bookable offences.