After a lacklustre first half which yielded few goalscoring chances, the Fury stepped up in the second term to deliver the killer blow 20 minutes from time.
Former Sydney midfielder and now Fury captain, Ufuk Talay, sent a 71st minute free-kick into the near post which Sky Blues keeper Ivan Necevski got his hands to but could only fumble into the back of his own net to give the home side the lead.
Sydney pressed hard for an equaliser but they came up short as the Fury moved from bottom on the table up to 9th, replacing tonight’s opponents on goal difference as Perth Glory fell to the foot of the table.
Venue: Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville
Crowd: approx. 4,000
Referee: Chris Beath
Yellow cards: NQF - Mark Hughes 8’, Panny Nikas 15’
SYD - Shannon Cole 68’, Hito Moriyasu 70’
Justin Pasfield (gk), Simon Storey, Adam Hughes, Osama Malik (Tavsancioglu 51’), Brad McDonald, Gareth Edds, Ufuk Talay, Panny Nikas, Jack Hingert (Daal 57’), Jason Spagnuolo (Payne 72’), David Williams
Subs - Sebastian Usai (gk), Ramazan Tavsancioglu (51’), Dyron Daal (57’), Chris Payne (72’)
Ivan Necevski (gk), Shannon Cole, Stephan Keller, Seb Ryal, Sung-hwan Byun, Terry McFlynn, Stuart Musialik (Jamieson 79’), Hiro Moriyasu, Mark Bridge, Dimitri Petratos, Bruno Cazarine (Brosque 61’)
Subs - Liam Reddy (gk), Alex Brosque (61’), Scott Jamieson (79’), Matthew Jurman