Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets match review
Juho ‘The Flying Finn’ Makela is Sydney FC’s man of the hour, after he scored the winning goal in Sydney’s 2-1 come from behind victory against the Newcastle Jets, in front of 13,658 fans at Ausgrid Stadium.
The clash that is often billed as the F3 derby in the A-League saw the Newcastle Jets come up against Sydney FC – with the Jets having everything to play for, with the chance to leapfrog Sydney FC into 5th place with a victory.
The match started with a frantic pace, one that was maintained for the majority of the first-half, with Newcastle producing all the early running, and lion’s share of possession.
The Jets produced the first big chance of the game, with striker and former Arsenal player Francis Jeffers kicking the ball over the bar from close range.
The Jets continued to press the Sydney FC defence, searching for the opening goal, and it almost came as a result of a Ryan Griffiths free-kick, with the ball just going over the bar.
The first goal of the game was worth the wait though, with a seemingly speculative ball from Jets midfielder Ruben Zadkovich, making its way to team-mate Jeremy Brockie – who produced a sublime volley that rocketed past Sydney FC keeper Liam Reddy into the goal.
Despite the setback, Sydney FC dug deep, and finished the second half strongly – with a golden chance to equalise missed, when midfielder Nicky Carle was one-on-one with Jets keeper Ben Kennedy – only for the Jets shot-stopper to make himself big, and keep the Jets lead intact heading into the break.
As the second-half got underway, Sydney FC made their intentions clear – playing some brilliant football, with a combination of long balls and deft passes.
Sydney FC had to work hard for the equaliser, but it finally came, courtesy of a simple tap-in for Sydney FC striker Bruno Cazarine, who has now scored in 4 straight games against the Jets.
With Sydney looking for the winning goal, on the other side of the coin for the Jets, their second half was one to forget – as they simply could not match Sydney’s intensity and hunger to produce goals.
Despite Sydney’s persistence, the match looked headed for a draw, until substitute Juho Makela provided the winning goal, courtesy of a deft touch with his head.
Any chance Newcastle had of scoring a late equaliser was made even tougher, when Jets player Jobe Wheelhouse was sent off, for a second bookable offence.
All in all, it was a fairly dominant performance by Sydney who were deserved winners – with the 2-1 victory moving them into third position on the Hyundai A-League ladder, for the time being.
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