Sky Blues lift the Premiers Plate
Sydney FC capped off their remarkable, record-breaking regular season in style defeating the Newcastle Jets 2-0 to smash the A-League points record and lay claim to being the greatest team in Australian football history.
|Sydney FC Captain Alex Brosque receives the 2016-17 A-League Premiership Plate from FFA CEO David Gallop.
Photo courtesy of Jaime Castaneda/Sydney FC
The win takes the Sky Blues to 66 points from a possible 81 this season with 20 wins to their name having dropped points in just seven games.
The total eclipses Brisbane Roar’s points total of 65 and was achieved with Sydney FC playing three fewer games.
Second half goals to Milos Ninkovic and Alex Brosque sealed the points for the Sky Blues, leaving their ecstatic fans to celebrate their team’s triumphant and watch skipper Brosque raise the Premiers Plate.
It ends a dominant season that saw Graham Arnold’s men break the record for having the most number of clean sheets, greatest goal difference, most wins, and the biggest winning margin in A-League history.
After the game, Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold, “It’s still hard to fathom 66 points out of 81, it’s crazy. It’s something that I believe, in my lifetime, I’ll never see again.
“Four weeks ago we won the trophy and everyone was waiting for us to take our foot off the pedal, but I think our performances improved.
“I don’t think you’ll see something like that again. This year we got 20 wins and it’s a remarkable feat that the players have done.
“Newcastle made it hard for us at times but I thought we played very well tonight. I said to the boys at half time that it was just about the execution and being a bit more relaxed in front of goal.
“At the end of the day it was a very dominant performance and a great way to finish the season off.
On Ninkovic: “We’ve got fantastic medical staff and they’ll get him ready.
“They (the team) are going out for dinner tonight as a group and they will be given tomorrow and Monday off, but we’re back on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and on Friday we’ll have a game.
News Source: Sydney FC
Sydney FC – 2 (Ninkovic 56’, Brosque 87’)
Newcastle Jets – 0
Crowd 15,787 at Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Referee: Shaun Evans
Sydney FC: 20. Danny Vukovic (gk), 4. Alex Wilkinson, 5. Jordy Buijs, 6. Joshua Brillante, 7. Michael Zullo, 9. Bobô (18. Matt Simon 85’), 10. Milos Ninkovic (17. David Carney 75’), 13. Brandon O’Neill, 14. Alex Brosque (c), 21. Filip Holosko (11. Bernie Ibini 63’), 23. Rhyan Grant. Subs not used: 1. Andrew Redmayne (gk), 8. Milos Dimitrijevic. Yellow Cards: Grant 41’, Ninkovic 50’. Red Cards: None.
Newcastle Jets: 20. Jack Duncan (gk), 2. Daniel Mullen, 3. Jason Hoffman, 5. Benjamin Kantarovski, 6. Steven Ugarkovic (11. Labinot Haliti 84’), 7. Andrew Hoole, 10. Wayne Brown (c) (28. John Koutroymbis 63’), 13. Ivan Vujica, 15. Andrew Nabbout, 19. Morten Nordstrand, 22. Lachlan Jackson. Subs not used: 50. Tomislav Arcaba (gk), 8. Mateo Poljak, 16. Nicholas Cowburn. Yellow Cards: Nordstrand 53’, Hoole 60’, Kantarovski 73’. Red Cards: None.