Sky Blues Downed In Tight Game



Sydney FC 1 (Bobô 52’) def. by Newcastle Jets 2 (Petratos (pen) 43’, Nabbout 56’)

Sydney FC have gone down to Newcastle Jets in a tense top of the table clash

Following a rapid start in which Jets striker O’Donovan received a red card, the home side took the lead close to half time following a controversial penalty decision that former Sydney FC player Dimi Petratos converted.

Bobô put the Sky Blues back on level terms only to be quickly cancelled out by a long-range goal from 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.

The Sky Blues will now look to bounce back against Kashima Antlers at home in the AFC Champions League on Wednesday night.


What They Said

Graham Arnold:

“We didn’t stop trying but the execution let us down in the end.

“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.”



43’ PENALTY PETRATOS – A questionable decision as the official adjudges Buijs to have pushed Topor-Stanley in the box. Petratos steps up to put the home side one ahead.

52’ BOBÔ HEADS HOME – Buijs curls his close range free kick perfectly onto the head of golden boot leader to bring the Sky Blues level in the match.

56’ GOAL NABBOUT – The Jets winger wiggles free of the Sydney FC defence and hits a long-range effort that finds the bottom of the right hand net.


Key Moments

14’ RED CARD O’DONOVAN – The Jets striker takes a very early bath after a long VAR deliberation resulting from a swinging arm connecting with Buijs’ face.

27’ OFF THE CROSSBAR MIERZEJEWSKI – Adrian whips in a ball from a free kick on the right hand side of the pitch that hits the crossbar.

39’ CENTIMETRES WIDE NINKOVIC – The Jets fail to clear the ball from danger and Ninkvoic nearly punishes them with a well-hit volley only narrowly missing

48’ NEARLY FOR BROSQUE – The Sky Blues captain does his best to direct a one on one effort on target whilst off balance but unfortunately hits it over the bar.

75’ CHANCE PETRATOS – Petratos creates some space in the box to get a shot off that hits the post and is cleared.

79’ SO CLOSE MIERZEJEWSKI – The ball pinballs around the area to finally end up at Adrian’s feet. Georgevski clears the Polish international’s great goal bound effort off the line.  

90+1’ JUST OVER SIMON – Substitute Matt Simon comes very close with a thumping header just going over the bar.


Team News

Sydney FC 1 (Bobô 52’) def. by Newcastle Jets 2 (Petratos (pen) 43’, Nabbout 56’)

Ground: McDonald Jones Stadium

Attendance: 18,156

Referee: Chris Beath

Sydney FC: 1. Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 4. Alex WILKINSON, 5. Jordy BUIJS, 6. Joshua BRILLANTE, 9. BOBÔ, 10. Milos NINKOVIC (12. Fabio FERREIRA 85’), 11. Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI, 13. Brandon O’NEILL (18. Matt SIMON 69’), 14. Alex BROSQUE, 17. David CARNEY, 26. Luke WILKSHIRE

Subs Not Used: 20. Alex CISAK (gk), 2. Aaron CALVER, 8. Paulo RETRE.

Yellow Cards: 13. Brandon O’NEILL 22’, 10. Milos NINKOVIC 39’, 14. Alex BROSQUE 43’

Red Cards: None.


Newcastle Jets: 1. Jack DUNCAN, 3. Jason HOFFMAN, 4. Nigel BOOGAARD (22. Lachlan JACKSON 82’), 6. Steven UGARKOVIC, 7. Dimitri PETRATOS, 10. Wayne BROWN (5. Benjamin KANTAROVSKI 45’), 15. Andrew NABBOUT (24. Joseph CHAMPNESS 85’), 17. Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 27. Riley McGREE, 44. Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY

Subs Not Used: 20. Glen MOSS (gk), 16. Nicholas COWBURN.

Yellow Cards: 17. Daniel GEORGIEVSKI 90+5’

Red Cards: 9. Roy O’DONOVAN 14’