Jurman celebrates goal in combative derby


If Matt Jurman could pick any career moment to score his first A-League goal, chances are he'd chose same the one again.

After failing to find the net in any of his first 69 matches, the Wollongong-born Sky Blues defender broke his drought at the most crucial time.

With Sydney FC down 1-0 at home to bitter rivals Western Sydney, the 24-year-old became the first Sky Blues player to score in a Sydney derby at Allianz Stadium.

"I made the run far post and I think the keeper sort of got a finger towards it and I was there at the back post to put it in. I am not too sure what happened after that - there was so many emotions going through my body," Jurman said.

"I was just really happy to get on the scoresheet finally in the A-League."

Jurman's leveller helped Sydney FC on their way to a memorable 3-1 victory in front of 40,285 raucous spectators.

It was the first time the Sky Blues had beaten the Wanderers since the inaugural Sydney derby.

"It is probably up there with the best wins that I have played in," Jurman said.

"Just the passion and desire that the boys showed to come from behind. It was a huge result for us."

At times that passion threatened to boil over.

Jurman, like several of his teammates, had to be pulled away from altercations with Wanderers players.

"It is part of the derby I guess. There is so many emotions," Jurman said.

"When you see a teammate on the ground or getting hassled by a few players you want to be in there and helping them out. It was just a case of whatever happens on the field stays on the field."

Unfortunately, not all the action could stay on the pitch. Sydney FC is set to lodge a formal complaint to the FFA amid claims midfielder Ali Abbas was racially and culturally abused during the match.

The Sky Blues are to lodge the complaint today, before preparing for another huge fixture on Friday night at home against league leaders Brisbane Roar.

"If you look at our games, we have to get points out of the top-two teams that we are playing [over the next two weeks], so it is a huge win this week," Jurman said.

"But next week we have another big game so we have to get a result.

"The league, it is close from second all the way down to even eighth. So you have to be on your toes and make sure you are getting results every week, so you're not falling off down the back."


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