Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Vukovic Saving the Sky Blues Time and Again

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Vukovic Saving the Sky Blues Time and Again

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FOOTBALL is a results- driven business and that is why goalscorers will get most of the headlines.

But on a weekend where Besart Berisha equalled Archie Thompson's A-League record of 90 goals by scoring the winner in the cracking Melbourne derby, I thought it was time to pay tribute to the boys at the other end - the goalkeepers - and one in particular, Sydney FC's Danny Vukovic.

At face value the Sky Blues' 4-1 defeat of Perth Glory at nib Stadium looks like a walk in the park.

But those who saw the game know different and one of the biggest reasons why the A-League leaders remained unbeaten was Vukovic - ironically a former Glory star.

The shot-stopper was in top form, making a number of crucial saves as the Glory took it to the visitors in the first half. But it was Vukovic's effort to keep out a Rostyn Griffiths header that got football fans talking.

Griffiths looked odds-on to score as he rose above the pack to head powerfully towards goal back in the direction of where the cross came from.

The ball was heading into the back of the net before Vukovic somehow twisted his body and stretched out his left hand and deflected it away from goal.

It is Vukovic's form that has helped Sydney FC to go 11 games unbeaten in the A-League and take a seven-point lead at the top of the ladder. …

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