North Queensland notch up first win over Sydney FC

North Queensland Fury have recorded their first win in the A-League with a 1-0 win over Sydney FC.

North Queensland Fury have recorded their first win in the A-League with a 1-0 win over Sydney FC.

Sydney FC: 0
North Queensland Fury: 1 (Robbie Fowler '53)

Venue: Sydney Football Stadium

The opening of the match did not bring about too many chances until the 25th minute when the Sky Blues worked a free-kick into the area and Fury goalkeeper Paul Henderson came out to challenge Alex Brosque.

The former Leicester City shot-stopper was judged to have brought down Brosque in the box and the referee duly pointed to the spot.

It was a similar scenario to the round 1 incident when scores were 2-2 and Henderson gave away a penalty that John Aloisi tucked away to give Sydney the win.

This time, however, Henderson picked the right way and parried Aloisi’s penalty away.

Just prior to half-time, the Fury had their own taste of bad luck when Ufuk Talay smashed a shot from outside the box and James Robinson flicked it in but he was called offside by the linesman.

Replays showed that Robinson was clearly not offside but the Sky Blues lived to see another day.

But it was eventually the Fury that got the upperhand after the re-start when Robbie Fowler hit a brilliant lob past Clint Bolton in the 53rd minute.

Some fans even stormed the ground to congratulate the former Liverpool champion who has answered his critics in the best possible fashion in recent times.

Fowler’s goal was enough to finally give the Fury all the points as Ian Ferguson breathed a sigh of relief as his side remains in touch with the top six.

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