Understated Luke Brattan one of Australia’s finest uncapped players | Jonathan Howcroft

The Sydney FC midfielder has long been a regista in training and is now maximising his particular set of skills

Luke Brattan dominated Sydney FC’s high-quality draw with Melbourne City on Saturday evening. He was the game’s star, around whom everything orbited, using his gravitational pull to draw the ball towards him on command.

With this abundance of possession Brattan treated Leichhardt Oval to a midfield masterclass, dealing out passes like a fluent croupier. In tight areas he was crisp, inviting Anthony Caceres and Miloš Ninković into rondo-like triangles. But with time and space he was more expansive, switching play with both feet, sending opponents drifting crossfield like flakes in an upturned snowglobe.

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Luke Brattan is the Aussie Diamanti. #SYDvMCY #aleague

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‘Baffled’: Perth Glory coach seethes after A-League game called off over lightning

  • Sydney FC’s 1-0 win ended early after lightning killed the lights
  • Glory coach criticise decision plus on-field ‘conflicts of interest’

Perth Glory coach Richard Garcia cut a frustrated figure after a 1-0 loss to Sydney FC on Wednesday evening, saying he was “baffled” by the match ending a minute early due to lightning around Jubilee Stadium.

The lights partly went out on 89 minutes ahead of an expected four minutes of added time, but A-League rules allow for the result to stand if a match is abandoned after 45 minutes.

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After #SYDvPER was called off early due to lightning @PerthGloryFC coach Richard Garcia was not happy in his post match news conference

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Skill so good it made the lights go out #SYDvPER #ALeague pic.twitter.com/PPLPtGqpx3

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A-League loses pitch battle in Australia’s sporting pecking order | Emma Kemp

Questions are being asked after the league-leading Central Coast Mariners were not allowed to train on a pitch that was reserved for a game of touch

On a day mid-last week, the Central Coast Mariners almost trained in preparation for the weekend’s match against Melbourne Victory. The A-League leaders only got through the warm-up on the fields they had booked before coach Alen Stajcic deemed it unsafe – they were effectively “underwater” due to the New South Wales storms.

That part is simple misfortune. The next, not so much. The field next to it was, according to Stajcic, “bone dry”. “Regardless of the rain, it was in immaculate condition,” he said. ‘“But we were told there was a touch tournament on there next week and we weren’t allowed on there.

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