The Courier-Mail

Roar nerve nabs point

- JOE BARTON Sports · Brisbane · Sydney FC · Jamie Young · Adam le Fondre · Andrew Redmayne · Ryan McGowan

A SUPERHUMAN ef­fort from Bris­bane goal­keeper Jamie Young has ex­tended Syd­ney FC’s win­less streak to four games, just as its stut­ter­ing ti­tle defence ap­peared be jolted back to life by star­let Luke Ivanovic

Ivanovic’s stun­ning, curl­ing firsthalf strike saved Syd­ney’s blushes in a 1-1 draw on Mon­day night in Newcastle – but it could have been so much more had it not been for an out­stand­ing night in goals from Young, who pro­duced a string of ex­tra­or­di­nary sec­ond-half saves to earn a point. De­spite clinch­ing the Premier’s Plate with four games to go, Syd­ney has been far be­low its best since the league’s re­sump­tion last month – en­dur­ing its long­est win­less streak in four years.

And for large chunks of this con­test, it was Bris­bane which looked the more likely cham­pi­onship threat on the back of an in­spired per­for­mance from young­ster Dy­lan Wen­zel-Halls un­til Ivanovic stole the spot­light.

In the shad­ows of half­time, Ivanovic turned on a dime and curled a shot through a hand­ful of Bris­bane de­fend­ers into the top cor­ner – leav­ing Young, for the only time in the match, look­ing on in amaze­ment.

The 20-year-old did not re­turn af­ter the half­time break hav­ing suc­cumbed to se­vere cramp in his left leg.

Syd­ney missed his en­ter­pris­ing at­tack but will feel hard done af­ter forc­ing four sec­ond-half saves from Young as it pep­pered the Bris­bane goal.

With 20 min­utes re­main­ing, the 34-year-old Young pro­duced a re­mark­able dou­ble save – deny­ing both Alex Baumjo­hann and Adam le Fon­dre in one sweep­ing at­tack – to frus­trate the league leader.

Early ex­changes were dom­i­nated by Bris­bane which went ahead af­ter just 11 min­utes through Wen­zel-Hells, who pounced on a su­perb ball by Jay O’Shea be­fore pro­duc­ing a de­light­ful chip to beat An­drew Red­mayne. The 22-year-old went close to a dou­ble when he skipped through Luke Brat­ten and Ryan McGowan, be­fore Patrick Flottmann – in his first start for Syd­ney – came up with a last-ditch tackle.

 ?? Pic­tures: s: Getty ?? Dy­lan Wen­zel-Halls of the Roar Is chal­lenged by Syd­ney FC’s Luke Brat­tan; and (in­set) Bris­bane ne goalie Jamie Young was im­mense all game.
Pic­tures: s: Getty Dy­lan Wen­zel-Halls of the Roar Is chal­lenged by Syd­ney FC’s Luke Brat­tan; and (in­set) Bris­bane ne goalie Jamie Young was im­mense all game.
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