Sydney FC 2-0 Newcastle Jets: Del Piero and Chianese strikes hand Sky Blues all three points

Sydney FC talisman celebrates after opening the scoring. Image courtesy of SBS The World Game



Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets kicked off the era of free-to-air football, with SBS covering national league football for the first time since the league’s inception. In what was a fairly average game, two Jets errors either side of half time provided the ammunition for Sydney FC to win the game 2:0.

With The Cove in full voice, the game started with Sydney in the ascendancy. Controlling possession, the Sky Blues looked patient enough, waiting for the right opportunities. However, Newcastle slowly worked their way into the game. Ruben Zadkovich and Zenon Caravella looked to pull the strings for side missing Emile Heskey.

The first real opportunity fell to Sydney. Injury replacement signing Matt Thompson, rushed into the starting XI, saw his 25th minute effort thunder back off the crossbar into Jets goal-keeper Mark Birighitti’s back with the ball somehow staying out.

But 10 minutes later it was the former Juventus legend and Sky Blues’ star, Alessandro Del Piero, who opened the scoring. Del Piero made a bursting run into the box. Watching two Jets defenders crash into each, Del Piero nutmegged Caravella along the way before putting the ball in at the far post to make it 1:0 for the home side.

The goal seemed to inspire the Sky Blues. A minute before half time, it was Del Piero again taking a shot from distance this time. However the result was different this time round, with Birighitti watching the ball sail just over the bar.

The second half continued in the same vein as the first. Increasing pressure from Sydney early in the half saw Caravella cough up the ball to Del Piero on halfway. Del Piero ran 40 metres, dragging in defender Kew Jaliens out-of-place. That subsequently led to Joel Chianese finding himself in space, whom Del Piero laid off to and Chianese took the opportunity, crashing the ball into the roof of the net to make it 2:0.

With the crowd in raptures, Sydney pushed for a third. It did come and it was another new Sydney FC signing, Richard Garcia, who put the ball in. But the linesman correctly ruled offside in the lead up to Garcia tapping it in.

Brillante was later brought on for the lacklustre Caravella. And despite threatening Sydney’s defence at times, the Socceroos’ Under-20 World Cup star was unable help his side salvage anything as Sydney were able to cruise to the final whistle.

Man of the Match: Seb Ryall

Honourable Mentions: Matt Thompson, Pedj Bojic, Nick Carle


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  • Craig

    I thought Sydney looked like a much more structured team compared to last season and have made a few good signings. Petkovic and Warren in defence looked very solid, especially Warren i thought.

    I also thought Thompson in the midfield was very good and reliable. Carle, Garcia and Del Piero all did their jobs.

    Our defence looks a lot better this year and can hopefully form a tight bond. I was really impressed in the seond half when Bojic, Abbas and Carle (I think) played it out from the back right corner with one two’s, i hope we see more of this as the season progresses.

    Very early days and a against an opposition that look like they may struggle this year, true test will be over the next couple of weeks, away to the Roar and of course the Derby!

    I am a new viewer of your site, keep up the good work!

  • Boris Gligorevic

    The structure of the side was actually pretty good. Newcastle didn’t give Sydney the best test but signs were good for the Sky Blues.

    The players you mention all did very well. Matt Thompson deserves special mention, was only training with the side for 10-12 days, only signed to play the day before the game, started and did a great job. Based off that, I can’t see why no other club picked up. I actually wouldn’t mind if we could fit him for the season.

    There was also a lot of positives and negatives, which may leave them exposed against better sides. But if the side continues to improve, it could be a good season for them.