HAL v1 Mideseason

¤ 01 October 2005: Sydney FC vs Perth Glory FC, Members Equity Stadium, 7:30pm (A-League – Rd 6)
Dwight Yorke nets his fourth goal for the season to move to equal first on the goalscorers list, as Sydney moves into second on the ladder behind Adelaide United. Jacob Timpano retains his place in the side despite Mark Rudan being ruled fit to play.[A-L][A-L][SFC]
Sydney FC 2 (Petrovski 48′, Yorke 65′) def. Perth Glory 1 (Despotovski 40′)
Sydney FC: 1 Clint Bolton (gk), 2 Iain Fyfe, 3 Alvin Ceccoli, 6 Ufuk Talay, 10 Steve Corica (c), 11 Sasho Petrovski (9 David Zdrilic 78′), 12 David Carney (7 Robbie Middleby 90+1′), 14 Andrew Packer, 15 Terry McFlynn (8 Matthew Bingley 85′), 17 Jacob Timpano, 19 Dwight Yorke
Perth Glory: 1 Jason Petkovic (gk), 4 Simon Colosimo, 5 Jamie Harnwell (c), 7 Scott Miller, 10 Bobby Despotovski, 12 Hiroyuki Ishida (8 Nick Ward 63′), 13 Ante Kovacevic, 14 Jamie Coyne, 15 Billy Celeski, 16 Brian Deane (21 Adrian Caceres 78′), 19 Naum Sekulovski (22 Damian Mori 63′)
Cautions: Fyfe 74′, Celeski 81′

¤ 04 October 2005: Yokohama FC vice-president Hisao Sakamoto says that they have reached “a basic accord” with Sydney FC for Japanese international Kazuyoshi Miura to join the club as a guest player for four A-League games and the FIFA Club World Championship, to be held in Japan in December.[TWG]
¤ 04 October 2005: Striker John Buonavoglia signs a full-time contract with Sydney FC, replacing departed defender Steve Laurie in the 20-man squad.[TWG]
¤ 09 October 2005: Sydney FC vs Adelaide United FC, Aussie Stadium, 5:00pm (A-League – Rd 7)
Sydney FC hands Adelaide United their first loss of the A-League season in a top-of-the-table clash. The result moves Sydney to within one point of the league leaders. Anthony Lapaglia sees his team play a live A-League match for the first time.[A-L][A-L][SFC]
Sydney FC 2 (Carney 54′, Petrovski 88′) def. Adelaide United 1 (Valkanis 51′)
Sydney FC: 1 Clint Bolton (gk), 2 Iain Fyfe, 3 Alvin Ceccoli, 6 Ufuk Talay (7 Robbie Middleby 84′), 9 David Zdrilic (c), 10 Steve Corica, 11 Sasho Petrovski, 12 David Carney (22 John Buonavoglia 87′), 14 Andrew Packer, 15 Terry McFlynn (8 Matthew Bingley 90+3′), 17 Jacob Timpano
Adelaide United: 1 Daniel Beltrame, 3 Kristian Rees, 4 Angelo Costanzo, 5 Michael Valkanis, 6 Ross Aloisi (c; 11 Louis Brain 12′ (2 Richie Alagich 70′)), 8 Carl Veart, 9 Mathew Kemp, 10 Fernando, 13 Travis Dodd (12 Chad Bugeja 59′), 14 Aaron Goulding, 19 Qu Shengqing
Cautions: Dodd 37′, Goulding 40′, Packer 45+2′, Costanzo 58′, Valkanis 88′, Petrovski 88′, Zdrilic 90′, Fernando 90+4′

¤ 16 October 2005: Sydney FC vs Melbourne Victory FC, Olympic Park, 1:00pm (A-League – Rd 8)
A disasterous day for Sydney in front of 18,206 at Olympic Park. Kevin Muscat and Archie Thompson both get doubles in Sydney FC’s biggest ever loss, compounded by Ufuk Talay’s red card in the 58th minute. Dwight Yorke played 90 minutes despite leading Trinidad & Tobago to a World Cup playoff birth mid-week. The result puts Melbourne at the head of the table.[A-L][A-L][SFC]
Melbourne Victory 5 (Kitzbichler 34′, Muscat 53′ pen, 78′ pen, Thompson 57′, 69′) def. Sydney FC 0
Sydney FC: 1 Clint Bolton (gk), 2 Iain Fyfe, 3 Alvin Ceccoli, 6 Ufuk Talay, 10 Steve Corica, 11 Sasho Petrovski (8 Matthew Bingley 73′), 12 David Carney (7 Robbie Middleby 67′), 14 Andrew Packer (9 David Zdrilic 58′), 15 Terry McFlynn, 17 Jacob Timpano, 19 Dwight Yorke (c)
Melbourne Victory: 20 Eugene Galekovic (gk), 2 Kevin Muscat (c), 4 Mark Byrnes, 5 Geoffrey Claeys, 6 Steve Pantelidis, 7 Michael Ferrante, 9 Danny Allsopp (11 Vince Lia 80′), 10 Archie Thompson, 13 Kristian Sarkies (8 Andy Vlahos 65′), 15 Adrian Leijer, 17 Richard Kitzbichler (19 Ricky Diaco 73′)
Cautions: Muscat 7′, Petrovski 11′, Corica 19′, Ceccoli 45+1′, Allsopp 50′
Sent off: Talay 58′

¤ 21 October 2005: Sydney FC vs New Zealand Knights FC, Aussie Stadium, 8:00pm (A-League – Rd 9)
Sydney FC get back on track and go to the top of the table for a day with a win over the Knights, featuring the debut of 18-year-old Jeremy Brockie. Dwight Yorke misses two one-on-ones with Danny Milosevic, while Mark Rudan makes his return, playing the last 5 minutes off the substitutes bench.[A-L][A-L]
Sydney FC 2 (Petrovski 10′, Carney 30′) def. New Zealand Knights 0
Sydney FC: 1 Clint Bolton (gk), 2 Iain Fyfe, 3 Alvin Ceccoli, 8 Matthew Bingley, 10 Steve Corica (9 David Zdrilic 88′), 11 Sasho Petrovski (7 Robbie Middleby 81′), 12 David Carney, 14 Andrew Packer (4 Mark Rudan 86′), 15 Terry McFlynn, 17 Jacob Timpano, 19 Dwight Yorke (c)
New Zealand Knights: 1 Danny Milosevic (gk), 2 Darren Bazeley, 3 Ronnie Bull (4 John Tambouras 81′), 5 Danny Hay (c), 8 Ben Collett, 9 Simon Yeo, 10 Sean Devine (13 Jeremy Brockie 84′), 11 Zenon Caravella, 12 Cole Tinkler, 14 Josh Maguire, 16 Noah Hickey (19 Naoki Imaya 88′)
Cautions: Maguire 44′, Devine 56′, Petrovski 58′

¤ 30 October 2005: Sydney FC vs Newcastle United Jets FC, Aussie Stadium, 5:00pm (A-League – Rd 10)
Wet conditions see Sydney’s lowest home A-League crowd for the season. Ufuk Talay returns from suspension, whilst Sasho Petrovski is out for the week after picking up his fourth yellow card in the previous game.[A-L][A-L][SFC]
Sydney FC 1 (Carney 73′) drew Newcastle United Jets 1 (Milicic 77′)
Sydney FC: 1 Clint Bolton (gk), 2 Iain Fyfe, 3 Alvin Ceccoli, 6 Ufuk Talay (8 Matthew Bingley 69′), 10 Steve Corica, 12 David Carney, 14 Andrew Packer, 15 Terry McFlynn (7 Robbie Middleby 87′), 17 Jacob Timpano, 19 Dwight Yorke (c), 22 John Buonavoglia (9 David Zdrilic 84′)
Newcastle Jets: 1 Liam Reddy (gk), 3 Jade North, 5 Ned Zelic (c), 7 Richard Johnson, 8 Matt Thompson, 9 Ante Milicic, 10 Nick Carle, 12 Paul Kohler (15 Stuart Musialik 59′), 13 Mateo Corbo, 16 Labinot Haliti (17 Franco Parisi 63′), 22 Allan Picken
Cautions: Carney 26′, Picken 49′, McFlynn 78′, Milicic 80′, Ceccoli 80′, Packer 86′

¤ 04 November 2005: Sydney FC confirm the signing of Kazuyoshi Miura as a guest player. The Japanese great will play four A-League matches, starting with Queensland Roar in Rd 12, and also for Sydney in the FIFA Club World Championship.[TWG]
¤ 04 November 2005: A “mix-up over registration papers” means that John Buonavoglia is forced out of the Sydney full-time squad.[Fox]
¤ 05 November 2005: Sydney FC vs Central Coast Mariners FC, Central Coast Stadium, 8:00pm (A-League – Rd 11)
An early Michael Beauchamp send-off gives Sydney the advantage as Sasho Petrovski scores Sydney FC’s first A-League hat-trick on his return from suspension. The event would have been the league’s first hat-trick had it not been for Ante Milicic’s effort 24 hours earlier. Terry McFlynn is missing from the team due to suspension.[A-L][A-L]
Sydney FC 5 (Yorke 10′ pen, Talay 14′, Petrovski 23′, 68′, 83′) def. Central Coast Mariners 1 (Hutchinson 40′)
Sydney FC: 1 Clint Bolton (gk), 2 Iain Fyfe, 3 Alvin Ceccoli, 6 Ufuk Talay, 8 Matthew Bingley, 10 Steve Corica, 11 Sasho Petrovski (4 Mark Rudan 85′), 12 David Carney, 14 Andrew Packer (7 Robbie Middleby 81′), 17 Jacob Timpano, 19 Dwight Yorke (c; 9 David Zdrilic 65′)
Central Coast: 20 Danny Vukovic (gk), 2 Wayne O’Sullivan, 4 Noel Spencer (c), 5 Michael Beauchamp, 6 Andre Gumprecht, 7 John Hutchinson (13 Russell Woodruffe 73′), 8 Dean Heffernan (17 Matthew Osman 74′), 11 Damien Brown, 12 Stewart Petrie (19 Adam Kwasnik 73′), 15 Andrew Clark, 18 Alex Wilkinson
Cautions: Heffernan 67′, Gumprecht 76′, Carney 78′
Sent off: Beauchamp 9′

¤ 08 November 2005: Kazuyoshi Miura arrives in Sydney to begin his guest stint with Sydney FC.[SFC]
¤ 09 November 2005: Sydney FC vs Australian Institute of Sport, Homebush Athletics Centre, 2:00pm (Friendly)
A bit of a media event for Kazu’s first training session. No-one really knows what the score was, some say 10-0, others say the AIS scored a couple. onionˍbag starts a hilarious shitfight on SFCU, despite announcing his departure three days earlier.[SFCU][SFCU]
Sydney FC ~10 (?) def. AIS ~0
Sydney FC squad (incomplete): Justin Pasfield (gk), Mark Rudan, Wade Oostendorp, Alejandro Salazar, Mark Milligan, Robbie Middleby, David Zdrilic, John Buonavoglia, Brendan Renaud, Ruben Zadkovich, Alvin Ceccoli, Steve Corica, David Carney
¤ 13 November 2005: Sydney FC vs Queensland Roar FC, Aussie Stadium, 5:00pm (A-League – Rd 12)
David Zdrilic finally breaks his drought in his 12th appearance of the season, scoring from a deflection off Chad Gibson, who was standing in the goalmouth. Kazuyoshi Miura makes his debut, while Dwight Yorke is away with Trinidad & Tobago in their attempt to qualify for the World Cup.[A-L][A-L]
Sydney FC 1 (Zdrilic 54′) def. Queensland Roar 0
Sydney FC: 1 Clint Bolton (gk), 2 Iain Fyfe, 3 Alvin Ceccoli, 6 Ufuk Talay (15 Terry McFlynn 71′), 8 Matthew Bingley, 9 David Zdrilic (c; 21 Kazuyoshi Miura 76′), 10 Steve Corica, 11 Sasho Petrovski (4 Mark Rudan 89′), 12 David Carney, 14 Andrew Packer, 17 Jacob Timpano
Queensland Roar: 1 Tom Willis (gk), 2 Karl Dodd, 3 Remo Buess (8 Massimo Murdocca 74′), 4 Chad Gibson (c), 6 Todd Gava (21 Spase Dilevski 46′), 10 Royce Brownlie, 15 Matt McKay, 16 Seo Hyuk-Su, 19 Alex Brosque, 22 Osvaldo Carro (9 Michael Baird 63′), 23 Stuart McLaren
Cautions: Buess 23′, McFlynn 90+3′, Dodd 90+3

¤ 16 November 2005: Dwight Yorke‘s Trinidad & Tobago defeat Bahrain 1-0 in Riffa to win their playoff 2-1 on aggregate and advance to the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The result is celebrated by a public holiday in the country, although Yorke chooses to return to Australia to play for Sydney.[TWG][TWG]
¤ 19 November 2005: Sydney FC vs Perth Glory FC, Aussie Stadium, 8:00pm (A-League – Rd 13)
A match hugely overshadowed by the events of the Wednesday prior, both teams had a few chances but none were put away. Jacob Timpano missed the match through injury, replaced by Matthew Bingley, whilst Dwight Yorke started from the bench.[A-L][A-L]
Sydney FC 0

drew Perth Glory 0
Sydney FC: 1 Clint Bolton (gk), 2 Iain Fyfe, 3 Alvin Ceccoli, 6 Ufuk Talay, 8 Matthew Bingley, 10 Steve Corica (c), 11 Sasho Petrovski (9 David Zdrilic 81′), 12 David Carney, 14 Andrew Packer, 15 Terry McFlynn (19 Dwight Yorke 61′), 21 Kazuyoshi Miura (4 Mark Rudan 76′)
Perth Glory: 20 Milan Jovanic (gk), 2 Matt Horsley, 4 Simon Colosimo, 5 Jamie Harnwell (c), 6 Steve McMahon Jr, 8 Nick Ward, 10 Bobby Despotovski, 14 Jamie Coyne, 15 Billy Celeski (12 Hiroyuki Ishida 82′), 19 Naum Sekulovski (21 Adrian Caceres 65′), 22 Damian Mori
Cautions: Packer 28′, Colosimo 79′

¤ 27 November 2005: Sydney FC vs Adelaide United FC, Hindmarsh Stadium, 4:30pm (A-League – Rd 14)
A thrilling match snatched near the death by Fernando when Bolton could only push the ball into the net. Kazuyoshi Miura scored two class goals, while Dwight Yorke dropped into the midfield in place of Steve Corica, who suffered the ‘flu. Mark Milligan finally made his return from his hernia operation, in time to replace the suspended Andrew Packer.[A-L][A-L]
Adelaide United 3 (Fernando 4′, 84′, Veart 14′) def. Sydney FC 2 (Miura 33′, 76′)
Sydney FC: 1 Clint Bolton (gk), 2 Iain Fyfe, 3 Alvin Ceccoli, 6 Ufuk Talay (8 Matthew Bingley 80′), 11 Sasho Petrovski, 12 David Carney (9 David Zdrilic 87′), 15 Terry McFlynn, 16 Mark Milligan (4 Mark Rudan 87′), 17 Jacob Timpano, 19 Dwight Yorke (c), 21 Kazuyoshi Miura
Adelaide United: 20 Robert Bajic (gk), 2 Richie Alagich, 4 Angelo Costanzo, 5 Michael Valkanis, 6 Ross Aloisi (c; 3 Kristian Rees 77′), 7 Lucas Pantelis (11 Louis Brain 73′), 8 Carl Veart, 10 Fernando, 13 Travis Dodd, 14 Aaron Goulding, 19 Qu Shengqing
Cautions: Qu 17′, Aloisi 69′, Valkanis 86′, Fyfe 86′, Dodd 90+3′

¤ 29 November 2005: Sydney FC finalise their squad for the FIFA Club World Championship: John Buonavoglia, Ruben Zadkovich, Dustin Wells and goalkeeper Mitchell Blowes are the new additions, while Alejandro Salazar‘s release is finally announced (he reportedly agreed to the release 5 weeks earlier, but remained in training with the club). Zadkovich is later ruled ineligible for the tournament.[SMH][FIFA]
¤ 03 December 2005: Sydney FC vs Melbourne Victory FC, Aussie Stadium, 8:00pm (A-League – Rd 15)
Sydney FC exacts a small amount of revenge for their Round 8 thumping with a convincing win in their last match before heading to Japan. Steve Corica returns to the starting lineup, with Ufuk Talay dropping to the bench in place of Matthew Bingley, who suffered a thigh strain. Dwight Yorke remains in the midfield, and Jacob Timpano is forced off early with a groin strain which could endanger his participation in Sydney’s upcoming CWC campaign.[A-L][A-L][SFC]
Sydney FC 2 (Corica 24′, Carney 81′) def. Melbourne Victory 1 (Allsopp 88′)
Sydney FC: 1 Clint Bolton (gk), 2 Iain Fyfe, 3 Alvin Ceccoli, 10 Steve Corica, 11 Sasho Petrovski (9 David Zdrilic 82′), 12 David Carney, 15 Terry McFlynn (6 Ufuk Talay 87′), 16 Mark Milligan, 17 Jacob Timpano (14 Andrew Packer 38′), 19 Dwight Yorke (c), 21 Kazuyoshi Miura
Melbourne Victory: 1 Michael Theoklitos (gk), 2 Kevin Muscat (c), 3 Daniel Piokowski (4 Mark Byrnes 64′), 6 Steve Pantelidis, 7 Michael Ferrante, 9 Danny Allsopp, 10 Archie Thompson, 12 Carl Recchia, 13 Kristian Sarkies, 15 Adrian Leijer, 17 Richard Kitzbichler (8 Andy Vlahos 67′ (11 Vince Lia 76′))
Cautions: Petrovski 66′, Muscat 66′, McFlynn 70′

¤ 06 December 2005: Sydney FC depart Australia for the 2005 FIFA Club World Championship in Japan.[SFC]