We take a look at how the teams that finish in the middle of the table fared in this season's NYL:
We take a look at how the teams that finish in the middle of the table fared in this season's NYL:,/b>
Sydney FC: Inaugural NYL season winner, Sydney FC, finished the season in fourth place with 30 points (9 wins, 3 draws, 8 losses). Despite improving on last season-s fifth placed finish, Sydney-s inconsistency especially towards the beginning and the end of the season prevented them from a better finish. Sydney managed to record five consecutive wins starting against Newcastle Jets in Round 12 but their loss in Round 17 against Adelaide halted the momentum. Kofi Danning, Brendan Gan, Rhyan Grant and Matthew Jurman impressive performance in Steve Corica-s side were rewarded with appearances in the A-League. Danning-s goal scoring record of 8 goals in 9 matches helped him finish fifth on the NYL goal scorers chart.
Key Stats: Kofi Danning (8 goals in 9 matches), Joel Chianese (6 goals in 18 matches), Blake Powell (5 goals in 17 matches)
Players with 15 or more appearances: Georgio Sperenza (20), Luke Austin (19), Jared Lum (19), David Vrankovic (18), Blake Powell (17), Mitchell Speer (17), Nathan Sherlock (16), Dylan Mitchell (15)
Australian Institute of Sport: Last season-s wooden spoon, AIS, finished the season fifth with 29 points (9 Wins, 2 Draws, 9 Losses). AIS had the opportunity to finish the season as high as third but a loss to Central Coast in the final round fixture made sure they remained at the middle of the table. The AIS team managed to cause a few upsets during the season among which was a 2-0 win against the NYL winners, Gold Coast United, in Round 10 of the season.
Key Stats: Jesse Makarounas (9 goals in 18 matches), Anthony Proia (8 goals in 14 matches)
Players with 15 or more appearances: Jason Geria (20), Connor Chapman (19), Jake Barker- Daish (18), Milos Degenek (18), Jesse Makarounas (18), Jake Monaco (17), Yianni Perkatis (16), Aaron Peterson (16)
Brisbane Roar: Brisbane Roar was not able to match their W-League or A-League counterpart in terms of trophies but they have showed improvement from their previous year-s performance when they were second last. Despite finishing sixth with 27 points (8 Wins, 3 Draws, 8 losses), Brisbane lost five of their games with a one goal deficit and with only four points being the difference between third and sixth, it prevented them from a better finish.
Key Stats: Matthew Thurtell (7 goals in 17 matches)
Players with 15 or more appearances: Matt Byrne (19), James Donachie (18), Ken Dougall (18), Alistair Quinn (18), Matthew Thurtell (17), Ross Archibald (17), Chris Bush (17), Josh McVey (17), Dane Milovanovic (16), Daniel Bowles (15)