At the start of the season it appeared that Sydney had successfully raided the best of 3 other teams to create a power house - Bridge (Newcastle), Colossimo (Perth) and Aloisi (CCM). But through injury or poor form these three have barely contributed to their current position. Sydney FC's stand outs have been new players like Cole and now Gan.
Newcastle shares with Sydney the trauma of appearing, in the words of FC's Ian Fyfe, a team in transition. And given the demand for players next year it is very difficult to see either team repeating Sydney's, as it turns out pyrrhic, Bridge, Colossimo, Aloisi raid. 50% or more of the starting squad of both teams could be gone by next season. And the fans of both teams are likely to left wondering what happened.
Having said that, this game, in front of a financially painful 7,000 Newcastle fans, was about who goes into the last 7 rounds looking likely to qualify for the finals. And Sydney are still in a position to have Bridge, Colossimo and Aloisi pay off for them at the end and all could be forgiven.
Can anyone stop Adelaide? Other than their fatugue?