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A-League Scoreboard - Preliminary Final
SEMI-FINALS:
Friday 25th January
Sydney FC 0 Queensland Roar 0
Sunday 27th January
Newcastle Jets 2 Central Coast Mariners 0

Friday 8th February
Queensland Roar 2 Sydney FC 0
Sunday 10th February
Central Coast Mariners 3 Newcastle Jets 0
(after extra time)

Sunday 17th February
Preliminary Final
Newcastle Jets 3 Queensland Roar 2
(after extra time)

Sunday 24th February
Grand Final
Central Coast Mariners v Newcastle Jets
6:00pm, Sydney Football Stadium
Newcastle Jets have qualified for the 2007/08 A-League grand
final, and also booked a berth in the 2009 Asian Champions
League, after a dramatic extra-time win over Queensland Roar
in the preliminary final.
The Roar made the early front-running; and Marcinho had a
golden opportunity to put the Queenslanders in front, but his
shot went agonisingly wide. Zullo had a chance but he too
missed. Queensland were dominating possession, but against
the run of play it was Newcastle who hit the lead shortly
before half-time. Queensland were a man down at the time
while Sash Ognenovski was being treated for a head injury, and
Mark Bridge caught the Roar defence short with a strike that it
took a diving effort from Roar keeper Liam Reddy to keep out;
but while down for the dive the ball deflected to Matt
Thompson for a simple strike.
It was 1-0 at the break, and for most of the second half it
appears destined to remain that way. Both sides created some
chances, but there appeared no way for the Jets to extend
their lead to make the game safe, or for the Roar to even the
scores.
But as the clock ticked over 90 minutes, and the injury time
board was held up on the sideline, the tale was to undergo a
dramatic twist. Queensland's Simon Lynch was tackled by
Newcastle's Adam D'Apuzzo in the box; and although the
contact was minimal, referee Peter Green saw fit to point to
the penalty spot. Reinaldo converted the chance, and all of a
sudden the contest was far from over and an extra 30 minutes
of play was brought on.
13 minutes into extra time, and another dubious penalty
restored the lead for Newcastle, with the boot of Joel Griffiths
making no mistake. And early in the second period, the Jets
built what looked to be a match-winning lead when Tarek
Elrich, from the edge of the box, slammed home a strike into
the top corner of the net.
3-1 to the Jets, and a minute later the Roar were a man down
when Craig Moore was booked for the second time. Two goals
down, a man down, and with a fanatical Jets crowd screaming
their support; it looked all over.
But the Roar, when it looked like they were down for the count, bounced back off the
canvas. Another penalty, another score to Reinaldo brought the margin back to 3-2. The
Roar regained possession and moved the ball forward, forcing a run of corners before,
mercifully for the Jets, the referee blew full-time.
It was a disappointing result for the Roar. It had been their best season, resulting in their
first finals appearance and a fine win over Sydney FC in the minor semi-final series before
taking the prelim final to extra time. But the grand final spot, and the Asian qualification,
was to elude them.
But for Newcastle, it was a result to savour. 4th in 2005/06, and missing out on the grand
final after a penalty shootout in 2006/07, the Jets had finally made it through to the big
one. And the grand final will be one to look forward to, with the Jets taking on local rivals
Central Coast Mariners. A big crowd is expected at the Sydney Football Stadium for what
should be a grand final to remember.
Newcastle Jets 3 (M Thompson 40, J Griffiths 103pen, T Elrich 110)  Queensland Roar 2
(Reinaldo 90pen, 118pen)
(After extra time. 1-1 after 90 minutes).
Yellow Cards : Jets -
A Griffiths 10, J North 62, A Griffiths 81, A D'Apuzzo 115. Roar - S
Ognenovski 75, C Moore 77,112.
Red Cards : Roar - C Moore 112.
Referee - P Green. Crowd - 16,021 at Energy Australia Stadium.
ALSO IN A-LEAGUE

A-League Round 1 2007-08
A-League Round 2 2007-08
A-League Round 3 2007-08
A-League Round 4 2007-08
A-League Round 5 2007-08
A-League Round 6 2007-08
A-League Round 7 2007-08
A-League Round 8 2007-08
A-League Round 9 2007-08
A-League Round 10 2007-08
A-League Round 11 2007-08
A-League Round 12 2007-08
A-League Round 13 2007-08
A-League Round 14 2007-08
A-League Round 15 2007-08
A-League Round 16 2007-08
A-League Round 17 2007-08
A-League Round 15 07-08 (part 2)
A-League Round 18 2007-08
A-League Round 19 2007-08
A-League Round 20 2007-08
A-League Round 21 2007-08
A-League 2007-08 Semis - Leg 1
A-League 2007-08 Semis - Leg 2
A-League 2007-08 Preliminary Final
A-League 2007-08 Grand Final
A-League Round 1 2008-09
A-League Round 2 2008-09
A-League Round 3 2008-09
A-League Round 4 2008-09
A-League Round 5 2008-09
A-League Round 6 2008-09
A-League Round 7 2008-09
A-League Round 8 2008-09
A-League Round 9 2008-09
A-League Round 10 2008-09
A-League Round 11 2008-09
Match Report - Syd FC v CCM (1/11/08)
A-League Round 12 2008-09
Match Report - Syd FC v Well (7/11/08)
A-League Round 13 2008-09
A-League Round 14 2008-09
A-League Round 15 2008-09
A-League Round 16 2008-09
A-League Round 17 2008-09
A-League Round 18 2008-09
A-League Round 15 08-09 (part 2)
A-League Round 19 2008-09
A-League Round 16 08-09 (part 2)
A-League Round 20 2008-09
A-League Round 21 2008-09
A-League 2008-09 Semis - Leg 1
A-League 2008-09 Semis - Leg 2
A-League 2008-09 Preliminary Final
A-League 2008-09 Grand Final
A-League Round 1 2009-10
PHOTO GALLERIES:

Sydney FC v Cent Cst M'ners (24/8/07)
Sydney FC v Wellington P'nix (14/9/07)
Sydney FC v Adelaide United (20/10/07)
Sydney FC v Cent Cst M'ners (28/10/07)
Newcastle Jets v Sydney FC (3/11/07)
Sydney FC v Queensland Roar (25/11/07)
Sydney FC v Perth Glory (15/12/07)
Central Cst M'ners v Sydney FC (22/12/07)
Adelaide United v Sydney FC (28/12/07)
Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory (20/1/08)
Grand Final - CCM v Newcastle (24/2/08)
Sydney FC v Queensland Roar (4/10/08)
Sydney FC v Cent Cst Mariners (1/11/08)
Sydney FC v Wellington Phoenix (7/11/08)
Sydney FC v Queensland Roar (28/11/08)
Newcastle Jets v Sydney FC (7/12/08)
Central Cst M'ners v Sydney FC (13/12/08)
Sydney FC v Perth Glory (21/12/08)
Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC (27/12/08)
Sydney FC v Wellington Phoenix (11/1/09)
Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets (25/1/09)
Trial - Sydney FC v CC Mariners (6/7/09)
Sydney FC v North Q'land Fury (12/9/09)
Sydney FC v Cent Cst M'ners (5/10/09)
Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar (25/10/09)
Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets (29/11/09)
Sydney FC v North Q'land Fury (5/12/09)
Sydney FC v Central Cst M'ners (23/12/09)
Sydney FC v Gold Coast United (17/1/10)