It was a game that typified the top six status of both Sydney and Brisbane in the early part of the season but despite a host of chances in a thrilling second half, the points were shared following a 0-0 draw in front of just over 9,000 fans on a balmy night at Jubilee Stadium.
The reigning back-to-back champions went closest to claiming the victory after a triple substitution on the hour mark from Steve Corica sparked them into action in the second stanza.
Sporting his new streamlined hairstyle after shaving his mullet for charity during the week, Rhyan Grant went closest with two drives at goal in the space of five minutes that hit the crossbar and then the post respectively.
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Moments later, Brazilian Bobo nearly capped off his Sky Blues return in the best possible way with a header that was saved spectacularly at close range by Jamie Young in the Brisbane goal with an outstretched left foot.
“I think in the end we should have won it,” Corica said.
“I thought the second half was a lot better. We pinned them in quite a bit and had good chances. I was pleased overall.”
But the Roar would show on many an occasion just why they sit second on the table in the early part of the season.
They threatened to catch Sydney on the break, mainly through exciting young Aussie striker Dylan Wenzel-Halls who went close to adding to his five goals this season by hitting the side-netting twice.
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“There were probably three moments in the second half where we rode our luck but I think they did as well. We weren’t without chances and had control of the game as well. We’ll take a point,” said Brisbane coach Warren Moon.
The main concern for the Roar however is a hamstring injury for veteran striker Scott McDonald that saw him leave the field in stoppage time.
It’s a result that leaves Sydney in fifth place before a quick turnaround to take on struggling Melbourne City away from home on Tuesday night.
Brisbane will enjoy a nice rest in contrast amid a jam-packed season before heading west to face the Glory on Friday evening.
THE AGELESS NINKO
He’s just turned 36 yet Milos Ninkovic continues to turn heads with both his performances and seemingly ageless energy. This was typified by a superb defensive run in the first half that spanned half the field to thwart a dangerous Dylan Wenzel-Halls incursion into the Sydney area.
He had the most famous hairstyle in Australian football but after three years Sydney and Socceroos star Rhyan Grant stepped out on a field without his customary mullet having shaved it in mid-week for the Leukaemia Foundation and raising around $25,000 in the process.
THE BRAZILIAN IS BACK
After 42 goals in 57 games that included an A-League title and golden boot award in his first stint at the club, Brazilian Bobo was back in Sydney FC colours. He’s arrived to provide a plan B in attack and it almost worked off the bench if not for a remarkable Jamie Young foot save to stop his header.