domingo, 23 de outubro de 2016
Sydney FC pips Wellington Phoenix 1-0 thanks to late Milos Ninkovic goal
Sydney FC has edged Wellington Phoenix 1-0 with a 92nd minute winner from Milos Ninkovic.
The Phoenix, who now have not scored a goal in 270 minutes this season, were again punished for their inability to convert their chances.
However, they looked to have done enough to earn a point until Ninkovic slotted home Matt Simon's header with barely a minute of added time remaining.
The home team who dominated early, with Roy Krishna featuring twice in the first five minutes through quickfire work in tandem with Kosta Barbarouses, but Sydney's back four, led by the hard-working Matt Jurman held strong.
Wellington had the ball in the back of the net after 13 minutes, Michael McGlinchey slotting Barbarouses's low cross home only to be ruled offside.
A late Andrew Hoole goal has denied Western Sydney a victorious start to their stay at Spotless Stadium as plucky Newcastle held Tony Popovic's men to a 2-2 A-League draw.
The Jets, buoyed by last weekend's 4-0 shellacking of Brisbane, brought their improved attacking game to Sydney on Sunday in the hope of shocking last year's grand finalists at their new temporary home ground.
The Wanderers very nearly got the job done in front of a vocal crowd of 13,247, via Aritz Borda's header and a penalty goal by new club captain Dimas Delgado.
But Mark Jones' improved squad dug in their heels to earn a valuable away point and reiterate they should not be taken lightly this season.
Jets skipper Nigel Boogaard pulled one back for the Jets with a free header in the 81st minute, his effort matched seven minutes later when former Sydney FC winger Hoole bent in a free-kick from outside the box that bounced past Wanderers goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne.
While looking well beaten for much of the second half, Newcastle had started brightly.
In-form Andrew Nabbout was a speedy outlet on the right wing while coach Mark Jones' young back line started sturdily, 19-year-old Ivan Vujica thwarting the wriggling Jumpei Kusukami more than once.
In the end it was a momentary lapse that gifted the Wanderers the opening goal.
Dimas sent a deep corner into the box for fellow Spaniard Borda to meet with a glancing header over the line that could have been avoided had a player guarded the back post.
Then, in the shadow of halftime, Steve Lustica chipped a ball into the path of Ben Kantarovski, who committed an obvious handball in the area, making way for Dimas to step up to the spot and send Jets custodian Jack Duncan the wrong way.