A goal deep into extra-time has earned Sydney FC a point after a resurgent Queensland lead for almost half the game.
Olyroo Stuart Musialik banged home the equaliser in the 93rd minute to ensure the Sky Blues stayed in touch at the top of the ladder after Queensland’s Scottish import Charlie Miller scored his fifth goal of the season with a strike just after half-time.
The Roar goal came after the home side dominated proceedings early and it looked like the visitors would sneak away with the points for the second week in a row but for some innovation from the ever-improving Shannon Cole who launched a long distance throw into the Sydney box.
Sydney coach John Kosmina was content with the point although he felt his side deserved more.
“Queensland probably got, I wouldn’t say more than they deserve but it wouldn’t have been far off the mark saying that, because the way we played in the first half we basically tore them to pieces,” he told the A-League’s official website.
“The second half we only got ourselves in trouble, I don’t think they really outplayed us, we outplayed ourselves.
“The goal that we conceded probably surprisingly rattled us a little bit I think, it wasn’t one that we expected…but look at the end of the day we scraped a point out of it and the good thing is that we kept going right to the death.”
On the other hand, Queensland coach Frank Farina didn’t think Sydney’s fortunes were as clear cut as his rival did.
Farina quipped, “I think Kossie (John Kosmina) should go out and buy a lotto ticket tonight as well, he got out of jail with 30 seconds to go.
“They fought to the end and I suppose that’s the rewards that you get but we could have finished them off when Charlie (Miller) stole the ball off (Tony) Popovic so we’re disappointed to be honest no to be taking the whole three points.”
Sydney remain second on the league table whilst Queensland are fifth, five points behind the lead going into the second FIFA match day break next weekend.