Sydney FC officially the A-League’s best ever



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    A-League premiers Sydney FC have amassed the greatest points tally in the competition’s history after a final-round 2-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday.

    But it has come at a cost to the Sky Blues, after goal scorer and standout Milos Ninkovic limped off the Allianz Stadium pitch after a sliding tackle by Ben Kantarovski.

    Ninkovic’s 56th-minute goal and skipper Alex Brosque’s 87th-minute effort took Sydney to 66 points from 27 games, one point more than the previous mark of 65 set by Ange Postecoglou’s brilliant 2010-11 Brisbane side over a 30-game season.

    On a level, the result was unconvincing and even fortunate given Andrew Nabbout missed a first-half penalty that could have changed the course of the match.

    Regardless, it was excellent timing that the most impressive of the club’s nine records fell on the night they lifted the Premiers Plate, Sydney’s first piece of silverware in seven seasons.

    Brosque had equal cause for personal celebration after volleying David Carney’s header into the corner to take his single-season goal tally to a career-high 11.

    As Graham Arnold celebrates perhaps one his greatest campaigns as a coach, he’ll no doubt be distracted by the physical state of his star Serbian playmaker ahead of his team’s semi-final in a fortnight’s time.

    Ninkovic, favourite to win the Johnny Warren Medal, was sprawled on the turf and in visible pain as he was attended to by the club physio after Kantarovski’s challenge appeared to force him over on his ankle in the 72nd minute.

    It was a reckless act by Kantarovski, who’d earlier made a superb last-ditch tackle to deny Ninkovic a shot from point-blank range and was a key part of the Jets’ desperate, deep-lying defence.

    Ninkovic’s goal though was a class team effort after lead-up play by Bobo and Rhyan Grant allowed Filip Holosko to get past his marker and cross into the box for an easy tap-in.

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    • April 16th 2017 @ 12:40pm
      BES said | April 16th 2017 @ 12:40pm | ! Report

      “Sydney FC officially the A-League’s best ever”….. my initial response? Bollocks, but lets get specific.

      If the heading stated: SFC’s 2016/17 line up has clocked up the single most impressive seasons results in A-League history? The answer is indisputable = yes indeed they have and all kudos to them for that, but 2 qualifying clarifications need to be stated in response to the (no doubt deliberately) contentious actual article title:

      1. Sydney FC cannot be stated to be the A-Leagues best ever by a simple assessment of how many trophies have they actually won? That assessment will tell you it is really a 2-horse race – MV and BR

      2. Have SFC changed the way football will be played in Australia? The answer again is an equally emphatic no. They have introduced nothing new, but this season they have – through excellent player selection and subsequent coaching – done all the standard things more consistently and better than any other team ever has – in any 1 given season. Again – kudos to them and particularly to GA (if he was responsible for it) for knowing what he wanted and then finding exactly the right players to achieve that.

      Is the current SFC line-up the most successful season performers in the history oft he A-League? You bet.

      Is SFC officially the A-Leagues best ever? Not even remotely.

    • April 16th 2017 @ 1:46pm
      Josh said | April 16th 2017 @ 1:46pm | ! Report

      Still lost 1-0 to WSW.

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