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A-League Scoreboard - Finals Week 2
After a scoreless draw in the first leg of the minor semi-final
series, the start of the second leg was delayed for 45 minutes
after a torrential storm caused puddles to form on the pitch.
But the ground staff did a sensational job to quickly dry the
ground out and make the pitch playable.
It didn't take long once play had started for Queensland to get
the upper hand, when Reinaldo on the break weaved his way
around the Sydney defence before threading the ball into the
net from the impossible angle.
And it quickly got worse for Sydney when Robbie Middleby
brought down Matt McKay and was given a straight red at the
20 minute mark. For Sydney, already 1-0 down and forced to
play the last 70 minutes a man down on a heavy track, it was
already looking like the season was heading to a close.
Queensland were dominant, and only a succession of strong
saves by Clint Bolton kept the score at 1-0 for the first half.
The trend continued in the second half. Simon Lynch had a
goal disallowed for offside, but the Sydneysiders never looked
likely to threaten an equaliser.
The knockout blow came 7 minutes from time, after Roar
substitute Tahj Minniecon went down in the box and referee
Mark Shield pointed to the spot. Sasa Ognenovski made no
mistake and the Roar had won their way through to the prelim
final, while Sydney FC's season was over.
Queensland Roar 2 (Reinaldo 13, S Ognenovski 83pen)
Sydney FC 0 (Queensland 2-0 on aggregate)
Yellow Cards : Roar -
A Packer 3, M Murdocca 48, L Reddy
74.
Sydney - B Renaud 15, U Talay 67, T Popovic 82.
Red Cards : Sydney - R Middleby 20.
Referee - M Shield. Crowd - 36,221 at Suncorp Stadium.
90 minutes wasn't enough time to produce the 120 emotions of an epic second leg of the
major-semi final series between Central Coast and Newcastle. The Jets, with a 2-0 advantage
from the first leg, were favourites to go through to the grand final; but the Mariners at home
had the opportunity to work their way back into the tie.
The Mariners were in trouble early, with Tom Pondeljak and Alvin Ceccoli going off injured in
the first 20 minutes; forcing the Central Coast side into making substitutions earlier than the
game plan would otherwise have called for. But substitutes Andrew Clark and Andre
Gumprecht were among the Mariners' best.
The Mariners were getting the better of possession around the ground, but the first score
wasn't to come till the 37th minute, when a strike from Adam Kwasnik deflected off the
Jets' wall into the net.
A low ball from Andre Gumprecht on 74 minutes fell to Sasho Petrovski, whose finish gave
the Mariners a 2-0 lead for the game and levelled the tie. The Mariners continued to press,
but there were to be no more scores in regulation time; the match going into extra time.
Just 5 minutes into extended time, the Mariners seized the upper hand when a slamming
strike from Petrovski gave Jets' keeper Ante Covic no chance. Suddenly the Mariners were in
front and in pole position to head to the grand final.
The injuries continued for the Mariners, who had used all their subs and had players coming
on and off for treatment. The Jets, a man up while Mariners players were being treated,
continued to attack; and only a fine save from Vukovic during the second period of overtime
prevented the Jets from getting the away goal. But 3-0 was the final result, the Mariners
going straight through to the grand final while the Jets will have to back up against
Queensland Roar to qualify for the other spot.
Central Coast Mariners 3 (A Kwasnik 37, S Petrovski 74,95) Newcastle Jets 0  (Full-time
2-0, Mariners 3-2 on aggregate)
Yellow Cards : Mariners -
D Vukovic 45, S Petrovski 97, J Hutchinson 100. Jets - J Song
22, N Spencer 55, A Durante 119.
Referee - B Williams. Crowd - 19,112 at Central Coast 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)