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A-LEAGUE GRAND FINAL - CENTRAL COAST MARINERS v NEWCASTLE JETS
Sydney Football Stadium, Sunday 24th February 2008.
Photos by Michael Shillito
Newcastle warm up
Warm up time for the
Mariners
Pot Belly entertain the
crowd pre-match
Don't hold back, Is there
anybody out there?
The A-League trophy, the
holy grail
The giant Newcastle
banner
The players enter the arena
Mariners' flags and
streamers
The National anthem
The Squadron hold up
their scarves
Pre-match photo for the
Jets
The Mariners pose for their
photo
Kick off
Song takes a corner
Newcastle do the early
front-running
The Squadron in voice with
their "Jets" chant
Vukovic goal kick
A mellee breaks out
Durante looks for a lead
Ante Covic makes a save
D'Apuzzo throw-in
A chance for the Mariners
Joel Griffiths on the
counter-attack
But the shot goes into the
wall
Rolling the barrels at
half-time
Into the second half
Playing his last game,
Tony Vidmar makes a
clearance
Covic goal kick
A chance for the Mariners
goes wide
A Mariner goes down
Another corner for Song
Tarik Elrich makes a
throw-in
The Jets score
The fans celebrate
So do the players
The Mariners go close to
an instant equaliser
Gumprecht checks in for
the Mariners
An impressive crowd of
over 36,000 takes in the
action
The Mariners create
another chance
Tempers become frayed
during a tight contest
The Marinators wait and
hope for an equaliser
Another shot goes just
wide
Denni checks in for the
Jets
Gumprecht gets within
scoring range
One last throw of the dice
for the Mariners
The Mariners appeal in
vain for a penalty
Tempers boil over after
Vukovic is red-carded
And it's all over, 1-0 to the
Jets
The Mariners slump to the
ground in dispair
While the joy of victory
goes to Newcastle
The agony and the ecstacy
The Newcastle supporters
celebrate
The Jets players
acknowledge their fans
It's all too much for the
Mariners fans, many of
whom have gone
While the Jets fans stay
and celebrate
Durante wins the Marston
Medal
Mariners' captain Alex
Wilkinson speaks
Tony Vidmar announces
his retirement
The Jets fans anticipate
the presentation
Jade North speaks to the
crowd
Here it is!
The Jets receive the trophy
Off on a lap of honour
Basking in Newcastle
football's finest hour