SEMI-FINALS:
Friday 25th January
Sydney FC 0 Queensland Roar 0
Sunday 27th January
Newcastle Jets 2 Central Coast Mariners 0
The first leg of the minor semi-final series saw Sydney FC at home to
Queensland Roar. The battles between the two sides this season had
been dour, defensive affairs with the last two games going goal-less; and
this match was to go the same way.
With the finals stakes so high, both sides took a long time to feel each
other out, and there were few scoring opportunities for either side in the
first half.
But it was a different story after the break for Sydney FC. The midfield
began to get on top and create opportunities for the strikers, but they
were unable to capitalise. Alex Brosque in particular was wasteful, twice
having only the keeper to beat only to spray the ball wide. A strong save
by Roar keeper Griffin McMaster kept Juninho out, and an even better one
with less than 10 minutes to play prevented Brosque from scoring.
0-0 was how it remained, with both sides going to Brisbane for the
second leg. The winner will go through to the prelim final, while a score
draw will be enough to see Sydney FC go through.
Sydney FC 0  Queensland Roar 0
Yellow Cards : Sydney -
M Milligan 7, B Renaud 43, U Talay 56. Roar - S
Ognenovski 22, M McKay 55, J McCloughan 73.
Referee - M Shield. Crowd - 23,450 at Sydney Football Stadium.

Both semi-final match-ups were replays of round 20 fixtures, and
Newcastle repeated their result in the penultimate home & away round
with a 2-0 win over Central Coast at Energy Australia Stadium.
Newcastle were first to score, when Adam Griffiths pounced on a cross
from Holland to head the ball into Danny Vokovic's net. It was against the
run of play, with the Mariners having made much of the early
front-running; but this was not to be the Central Coast side's lucky day.
World Cup hero John Aloisi had a chance to level the scores not long
afterwards, but an uncharacteristic miss from the penalty spot denied the
Mariners the equaliser. Then on the stroke of half-time, Aloisi found space
to bang the ball into the Newcastle net but the flag went up for offside.
The Mariners continued to press for an equaliser in the second half, but it
wasn't to come. Adding to their frustration was a string of second half
yellow cards, coming to a head on 85 minutes when James Holland was
brought down in the box by Andre Gumprecht; the referee pointing to
the spot. Joel Griffiths made no mistake, and Newcastle's 2-0 win was
sealed.
The Jets will go into the return fixture 2 goals clear, and within striking
distance of their first grand final appearance.
Newcastle Jets 2 (A Griffiths 22, J Griffiths 84pen) Central Coast
Mariners 0.
Yellow Cards : Jets -
J Hoffman 55, M Thompson 70. Mariners - J Aloisi
46, A Kwasnik 56, A Clark 83, A Gumprecht 84.
Referee - M Breeze. Crowd - 22,960 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
A-League Round 2 2009-10
A-League Round 3 2009-10
A-League Round 4 2009-10
A-League Round 5 2009-10
A-League Round 6 2009-10
A-League Round 7 2009-10
A-League Round 8 2009-10
A-League Round 9 2009-10
A-League Round 10 2009-10
A-League Round 11 2009-10
A-League Round 12 2009-10
A-League Round 13 2009-10
A-League Round 1 2010-11
A Tale of Two Matches
A-League Round 2 2010-11
A-League Round 3 2010-11
A-League Round 4 2010-11
A-League Round 1 2011-12
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)
Sydney FC v Perth Glory (7/02/10)
Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory (14/02/10)
Semi - Sydney FC v Melb Victory (7/03/10)
Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory (7/08/10)
Sydney FC v Adelaide United (4/10/10)
Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar (30/10/10)
Central Coast v Perth Glory (30/10/10)
AFC - Sydney FC v Suwon BW (2/3/11)
Sydney FC v Gold Coast Utd (6/11/11)
Sydney FC v Cent Cst M'ners (19/11/11)
Sydney FC v Melbourne Heart (29/12/11)
Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets (5/02/12)
Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory (10/03/12)
Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets (25/03/12)
Sydney FC v Perth Glory (28/10/12)
Sydney FC v Adelaide United (23/11/12)
Friday 8th February
Queensland Roar v Sydney FC (8.00)
Sunday 10th February
Central Coast Mariners v N'castle Jets(6.00)

Sunday 17th February
Preliminary Final

Sunday 24th February
Grand Final