Sky Blues Brandon O’Neill midfielder: GF success worth the wait

Brandon O'Neill is soaking up every moment of Sydney FC's Championship-winning season.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Jason Pine @pineyzb
Football is a game of ups and downs. No-one knows that better than Sydney FC midfielder Brandon O’Neill.

As he soaked in the sunshine and acclaim at the Sky Blues’ Hyundai A-League victory celebrations, the combative midfielder was determined to enjoy every moment.

“I’ve gone through a lot in the past 24 to 36 months,” he told

“Not many people get to play in a grand final, let alone win it, so you’ve just got to soak all this atmosphere up and enjoy every bit of it

“There are people out there who aren’t fortunate enough to do what we do and celebrate what we celebrate.

“All I can say is thank you to everyone who supported us.

“This championship is for them,” he declared.


O’Neill was only 17 when he signed for Perth Glory ahead of the 2011/12 Hyundai A-League season.

But after just 16 appearances across four seasons, the Western Australian-born youngster signed for Sydney FC before the 2015/16 campaign, featuring 21 times last season.

This season he’s really found his feet, starting 24 of the side’s 29 games and becoming a crucial cog in the Sky Blues’ engine-room.

O’Neill says the moment the championship was secured was his career highlight to date.

“Just pure adrenaline and relief that we finally achieved what we wanted to do,” he remembered.

“I think all the players ran directly to Ninko and we just had a great moment.

“Last night just couldn’t have gone any better.

“It was a finals atmosphere and a finals adrenaline rush,” he said.


O’Neill acknowledged the robust approach taken by Victory in Sunday night’s season showpiece.

“It was brutal and fair play to Melbourne – they came out,” he said.

“That’s what they were about – they weren’t trying to play football – they were just trying to be physical and get us off our game.

“For the first half it was a bit of a battle – they did a good job.

“But in the second half and the back end of extra-time we could have won it. We’re just so glad to get the win,” smiled O’Neill.


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Melbourne City FC 1 – 3 Sydney FC – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Sydney FC have bounced back from their first loss of the season to account for a 10-man Melbourne City 3-1 at AAMI Park on Friday night.

A brace from marquee Bobo and a classy free kick from Brandon O’Neill cancelled out Nick Fitzgerald’s first-half stunner as Graham Arnold’s side extended their lead at the top to 11 points.

After a cagey start, Sydney FC took the lead against the run of play midway through the first half with Bobo converting from the penalty spot after a clumsy foul from Manny Muscat.

But the lead lasted less than 60 seconds with City hitting back immediately from the restart with  winger Nick Fitzgerald netting a stunning half-volley to restore parity.

The complexion of the game changed just prior to the break with City defender Manny Muscat shown his second yellow card for a poor challenge on Alex Brosque.

And Sydney FC took full advantage after the break with Brandon O’Neill firing the visitors ahead with a well-taken free-kick before Bobo finished off a piece of brilliance from Milos Ninkovic.

City threw numbers forward as the second half progressed but struggled to break down a well-organised Sydney defence, with Fernando Brandan going closest with a snapshot in the final 10 minutes.



0-1  Sydney FC: Bobo (pen), 24’

The Sky Blues were awarded a penalty after Manny Muscat brought down Filip Holosko who was through  on goal, with the defender lucky to only be shown a yellow card. Bobo stepped up and coolly slotted the spot kick into the bottom corner, sending Thomas Sorensen the wrong way.

1-1 Melbourne City: Nick Fitzgerald, 25′

City pumped the ball long immediately after conceding with the ball falling kindly to Fitzgerald, with the winger wriggling free of his defender before unleashing a stunning half-volley from the edge of the area which whistled into the top corner.

1-2 Sydney FC: Brandon O’Neill, 55′

City substitute Ruon Tongyik was penalised for a handball on the edge of the area and it proved costly with Brandon O’Neill exquisitely curling a sublime free kick into the top left corner.

1-3 Sydney FC: Bobo, 67′

Milos Ninkovic was afforded too much space on the edge of the box with the Serbian playing a splitting ball through the heart of the City defence, allowing Bobo to fire home from close range.


Melbourne City were reduced to 10 men late in the first half after Manny Muscat inexplicably collected his second yellow card. After being booked for a poor challenge on Filip Holosko earlier in the half, Muscat was shown his marching orders after pulling down Sydney FC skipper Alex Brosque in the attacking third.

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6 uncapped bolters for the Caltex Socceroos

There are players in form in the Hyundai A-League who will be on Ange Postecoglou’s radar for March’s FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Iraq and UAE.

We’ve picked six players from the Hyundai A-League who have yet to win a Caltex Socceroos cap that might get the nod.

Andrew Nabbout (Newcastle Jets)

If you mentioned Nabbout as a possible Caltex Socceroos contender at the start of the season, it would’ve seemed a little fanciful.

He arrived back in the A-League from the Malaysian Super League with little fanfare, but now after a sensational run of form by the 24-year-old attacker he’s the name on everyone’s lips.

Has pace, power, great dribbling skill and an eye for goal. And Ange knows tat after giving him his Victory debut a few seasons back.

The forward’s career drifted somewhat since leaving Victory but he’s back in a big way.

Nabbout has scored the most goals (five) and had the most assists (three) for the Jets while he’s won a swag of man-of-the-match awards too.

Brandon O’Neill (Sydney FC)

Don’t let the cheeky smile and perfect hair fool you. The 22-year-old has been an unsung hero in the Sky Blues’ unbeaten season so far, earning a nomination for the NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award for October.

Has a great engine, can play a killer pass and is a real team man. Would not look out of place among the Caltex Socceroos’ star-studded midfield.

O'NeillDanny Vukovic (Sydney FC)

“Vuka” has been part of the Hyundai A-League right from the start and it’s hard to remember him playing better than he is right now at the Sky Blues. He’s a regular in goal and has come up with a number huge saves this season, a major reason why Sydney has kept 10 clean sheets in 16 games. At 31, he brings loads of experience, a winning culture and exudes confidence.

Ben Garuccio (Adelaide United)

Left-back was supposed to be a problem area for Ange but with the likes of Garuccio (as well as Sydney FC’s 10-capped Socceroo Michael Zullo), the Hyundai A-League is throwing up some genuine options. Garuccio, 21, has been the Reds’ most consistent player in the 2016/17 Season with his gut-busting surges forward and excellent crossing a real feature of his game.

Rhyan Grant (Sydney FC)

No surprise Grant’s name has been thrown around for a possible call-up given his career-best form with the Sky Blues.

The 25-year-old right-back has been given a licence to get forward at every opportunity by coach Graham Arnold and his ability and fitness to get up and back for 90 minutes makes him perfect for Ange’s Socceroos.

Grant has four assists in the 2016/17 Season, the most for any defender in the Hyundai A-League. And he has incredible engines.

Grant, BorrelloBrandon Borrello (Brisbane Roar)

It’s taken a little while for the 21-year-old to get going this season but Borrello has started to catch fire in recent weeks.

Like Nabbout, offers real pace and energy out wide, while his ruthless style could be useful in the cut-throat qualifiers to come against Iraq and UAE. If there are injuries to the likes of Kruse, Leckie and Burns, could be considered.


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Sydney FC midfielder nominated for NAB Award

Sydney FC midfielder Brandon O'Neill celebrates scoring in the Round 1 Sydney Derby.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Staff writer
Football Federation Australia (FFA) and NAB, together with Sydney FC are proud to announce Brandon O’Neill as the October nominee for the Hyundai A-League, NAB Young Footballer of the Year 2016/17 Award.

The nomination is O’Neill’s first nomination for the NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award.

O’Neill’s outstanding performances in the opening four rounds of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 are a major reason that Sydney FC have maximum points so far. In addition his free kick against the Western Sydney Wanderers FC at the Sydney Derby is already a contender for goal of the year.

“It is a massive honour to be recognised as the NAB Young Footballer of the Year for the month of October.  I’d like to thank all my team mates because without them and all of their hard work, I wouldn’t have gained this recognition,” said O’Neill.

“It has been a great start to the season and it’s very enjoyable to be part of a team playing great football, and also to be mixing with a group of friends who get on very well off the field as well as on it.”

O’Neill is the first player to be nominated for the Hyundai A-League, NAB Young Footballer of the Year 2016/17 Award.

The Hyundai A-League NAB Young Footballer of the Year 2016/17 will be announced at the Dolan Warren Awards Night.

Maryana Andrew, NAB Joondalup Branch Manager said she is delighted to see the NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award continue to unearth the stars of tomorrow.

“We congratulate Brandon on his nomination and look forward to watching his development and growth on the football field in the years to come,” said Ms. Andrew.

“We are also pleased to recognise Brandon’s nominated junior club, ECU Joondalup and hope that our support will help the club to continue developing the game at a local grassroots level.”

NAB has generously donated a $1,500 NAB Club Recognition Award to Brandon’s nominated junior club, which includes a range of equipment along with a financial reward.

The overall winner of the Hyundai A-League, NAB Young Footballer of the Year 2016/17 Award will receive a $10,000 personal investment portfolio, along with a NAB Private Client Manager to assist with a range of banking and financial services.

“As a supporter of the NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award, we are proud to play an important role in identifying and rewarding the future stars of the game. Who knows, we may even see some of the nominees donning the boots for the Socceroos in the future,” Ms Andrew continued.

Each month representatives from the FFA Technical department vote on a 3-2-1 basis for the most outstanding U-23 players in the Hyundai A-League during that period.


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Western Sydney Wanderers 0 x 4 Sydney FC – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

In front of a record Hyundai A-League crowd of 61,880, a scorching second half ensured Sydney FC’s derby dominance over Western Sydney Wanderers continued at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night with a 4-0 win.

After a first half of missed chances – and an all-in melee – the derby burst into life after the break with four goals to the Sky Blues.

Two goals in four minutes to Sydney FC’s Filip Holosko and Bobo had the travelling fans on their feet.

The game ramped up in excitement as Wanderers pressed desperately, but despite the massive crowd’s backing, the red and black couldn’t find a way back.

And after a red card to Wanderers defender Aritz Borda, Brandon O’Neill calmly stroked home a peach of a free kick before Alex Brosque ended a forgettable night for Wanderers.



0-1 Sydney FC: Filip Holosko 51’

David Carney popped up on the left, his cross wasn’t dispatched by the Wanderers backline with Holosko pouncing to smash the ball home.

0-2 Sydney FC: Bobo, 55’

Holosko was again, this time as provider receiving a ball on his chest then cutting the ball back across Wanderers’ box and with a static defence Bobo slammed home to double the lead.

0-3 Sydney FC: Brandon O’Neill, 85’

From the red card decision, O’Neill on the edge of the box curled a ripper past Redmayne who barely moved.

0-4 Sydney FC: Alex Brosque, 89’

Sub Matt Simon burst through and his cross fell to Brosque who stroked it home.


Vukovic’s brilliant stop kept the Wanderers’ Mitch Nichols out at a crucial time with the lead just 2-0.


Aritz Borda: Wanderers 82’

Brosque was away and on the edge of the box he was taken down by the Spaniard.


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Brandon O’Neill relishing return in Cup clash


If home is where the heart is, Brandon O’Neill will be leaving his in Sydney as the Sky Blues prepare for their upcoming Westfield FFA Cup fixture against Perth at Dorrien Gardens.

The 22 year-old was born in the Western Australian capital and spent five years in Perth’s set up before he was released to Sydney FC.

It is no surprise, then, that he was more than pleased with the draw.

“After the game in Wollongong, we were all watching the draw in the dressing room and when [Perth] Glory’s name came out I was the first person running around excited,” said O’Neill.

“I was like a kid on Christmas.”

Despite this, O’Neill and the team are focused going all the way not only in the FFA Cup, but all three competitions.

“Every game against Perth gives me an incentive to be even better than my best because there’s a lot of history there and I still have a lot of mates back at the Glory,” he said.

“I’m definitely looking forward to going back and beating them, that’s for sure.

“We want to be in everything and win everything. I think we have the team and more drive than ever to accomplish that.

“We just need to stay focused and work hard in this preseason.”

The unfamiliar conditions of a bumpy pitch and hostile crowd in an intimate Dorrien Gardens may be a banana skin for the Sky Blues, but it’s a venue O’Neill is relishing returning to.

“There’ll be a great atmosphere, a great number of people there cheering on both teams,” said O’Neill.

“Regardless of the pitch, it’s still two teams playing football and I think the fans will come and appreciate two Hyundai A-League teams having a right go trying to get into the quarter finals.”

Perth Glory have some familiar faces coming into this clash. Liam Reddy, Marc Warren and Richard Garcia, who all featured in their last fixture against Brisbane Roar, are all former Sky Blues.

It’s Sydney’s roster, however, that O’Neill maintains is dominant.

“We have different players that can play different positions,” he said.

“We’re well-rounded, especially when the likes of Bernie [Ibini] and coming into the mix.

“We have pace, we have drive, we have quality and people that can score goals, so it’s an exciting time to be a Sydney FC fan.”

Sydney FC face Perth Glory at Dorrien Gardens in the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 16 on Tuesday 30 August 8.30pm AEDT. The match will be streamed live on

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Sydney FC midfielder Brandon O’Neill has been included in the 23-man Olyroo squad for the AFC U-23 Championship next month

Sydney FC midfielder Brandon O’Neill has been included in the 23-man Olyroo squad for the AFC U-23 Championship next month.

Sydney FC midfielder Brandon O’Neill has been included in the 23-man Olyroo squad for the AFC U-23 Championship Doha 2016 after Dutch Erevidisie side Roda JV Kerkrade knocked back Australia’s request to release Daniel de Silva for the tournament.

O’Neill’s inclusion in the Olyroo squad to play in the final round of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Qatar from 14-30 January is a good reward for a storming start to the Hyundai A-League.

“It‘s unfortunate that Daniel de Silva wasn’t released by his club but Brandon showed some tremendous form in the opening rounds of the A-League and he will add to the quality of our squad,” said Olyroos Head Coach Aurelio Vidmar.


The Olyroos will head to Dubai for a seven day camp before the opening match in Group D against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 14 January at the Grand Hamad Stadium. The Olyroos also play Vietnam (17 January) and Jordan (20 January) with the top two teams progressing to the quarter finals.

The top three teams will qualify for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games Football Tournament.

Olyroos squad for the AFC U-23 Championship Doha 2016 in Qatar

Surname First Name DOB Club
AMINI Mustafa 20-04-93 Randers FC, Denmark
ANTONIS Terry 26-11-93 PAOK, Greece
BORRELLO Brandon 25-07-95 Brisbane Roar FC
BRILLANTE Josh 25-03-93 Calcio Como, Italy
BURGESS Cameron 21-10-95 Fulham FC, England
DENG Thomas 03-20-97 Melbourne Victory FC
DONACHIE James 14-05-93 Brisbane Roar FC
DUNCAN Jack 19-04-93 Randers FC, Denmark
EDWARDS Ryan 17-11-93 Partick Thistle, Scotland
GALLIFUOCO Giancarlo 12-01-94 Melbourne Victory FC
GALLOWAY Scott 25-04-95 Melbourne Victory FC
GERIA Jason 10-05-93 Melbourne Victory FC
GERSBACH Alex 08-05-97 Sydney FC
HOOLE Andrew 22-10-93 Sydney FC
IKONOMIDIS Christopher 04-05-95 SS Lazio, Italy
IZZO Paul 06-01-95 Central Coast Mariners
LENNOX Aaron 19-02-93 Kilmarnock FC, Scotland
MACLAREN Jamie 29-07-93 Brisbane Roar FC
MAUK Stefan 22-10-95 Melbourne City FC
O’NEILL Brandon 12-04-94 Sydney FC
PAIN Connor 11-11-93 Melbourne Victory FC
TAGGART Adam 02-06-93 Dundee United FC, Scotland
UGARKOVIC Steven 19-08-94 Uncontracted

Match Details

Australia v UAE

14 January 2016

Grand Hamad Stadium

7.30pm (3.30am 15 January AEDT)


Vietnam v Australia

17 January 2016

Grand Hamad Stadium

4.30pm (12.30am 18 January AEDT)


Jordan v Australia

20 January 2016

Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium

7.30pm (3.30am 21 January AEDT)


Possible quarter final – 23 January 2016

Possible semi final – 26 January 2016

Possible 3rd/4th playoff – 29 January 2016

Possible Final – 30 January 2016

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Sydney FC signings Brandon O’Neill and Matt Simon out for revenge in FFA Cup clash with Adelaide United

August 25, 2015 – 6:18PM

Angelo Risso

New season, new club: Matt Simon will call Sydney FC home this season.

New season, new club: Matt Simon will call Sydney FC home this season. Photo: Getty Images

Sydney FC new boys Brandon O’Neill and Matt Simon admit revenge will be on their minds when the Sky Blues tackle defending champions Adelaide United in Wednesday’s FFA Cup last-16 tie.

O’Neill was part of the Perth Glory squad that fell to the Reds in last year’s inaugural final, while ex-Central Coast Mariner Simon was eliminated by Adelaide at the semi-final stage.

Sydney also have grievances of their own, controversially knocked out by Adelaide in the quarter-finals.

The 21-year-old O’Neill said last year’s losses would be a motivating factor for both the club and himself.

“Last year, being a part of the final was a great experience, and losing was hard to take in the final, like any final,” he said.

“So revenge is definitely on our minds. We’re in this to win it, there’s no point being in a cup competition and not trying to go all the way.”

Simon echoed his new teammate’s thoughts.

“Getting knocked out in the semi-final was quite disappointing, being one step away from the final,” said the 29-year-old.

“But this year is a new year, and our team is looking really good.”

Both sides are in the midst of preseason preparations as they gear up for Wednesday’s game, with Sydney FC jetting off to Adelaide on the back of camps in Canberra and the Gold Coast.

They’ll also take in Townsville and Tasmania before the A-League season arrives.”Obviously being in that camp environment, it’s really good for the boys to be together,” said Simon.

“The games are coming thick and fast now and there’s nothing better for players than to be playing games at this time of the year.

“I don’t think we’re 100 per cent yet … there’s still a few sessions to get into the legs yet.”

New signings Filip Holosko and Milos Ninkovic may also make their debuts for the Sky Blues as they fight to convince coach Graham Arnold of their match fitness.

Simon said the club’s new attacking threats had impressed in training and would be an asset to the side.

“Those boys have come in a little bit later than everyone else, but they’re looking really good in training, looking like really good players.

“The boys really like having them around.”

In other FFA Cup fixtures this week, there’ll be another all-A-League encounter between Melbourne City and Wellington Phoenix at AAMI Park, while Heidelberg United will take on Sydney United 58 and Brisbane-based Lions FC will look to upset A-League side Perth Glory.


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Perth Glory sign Irish international

Perth Glory have pulled off a major coup with the signing of Irish international Andy Keogh.

Perth Glory have pulled off a major coup with the signing of Irish international Andy Keogh.

Perth Glory have announced the signing of Republic of Irelandinternational Andy Keogh on a two-year contract with a further one year option that will see the striker wear the number 9 shirt at Glory until the end of the 2016/17 Hyundai A-League season.
Dublin born Keogh started his footballing career as a junior at Leeds United, before making a move to Scunthorpe United in 2005 that saw him make 86 appearances and score 19 goals. In 2007 he completed a transfer to Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers for an estimated A$1.0 million.
Keogh went on to make 118 appearances for Wolves and was a key member of the team that won promotion to the Barclays Premier League for the 2010/2011 season. He has made over 250 appearances in the English Premier League and Championship over the past 7 years for Wolves, Cardiff City, Bristol City, Millwall and Blackpool.
The 28-year-old finished the recent 2013/14 Championship season at Blackpool, with goals against Nottingham Forest and Wigan securing the club’s position in the Championship for the 2014/15 season.
Keogh made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland in 2007 and has already achieved 30 caps and scored two goals including the equaliser in Giovanni Trapattoni’s first match in charge, a 1–1 draw with Serbia in a friendly match at Croke Park, Dublin, a goal that won the FAI Goal of the Year Award.
In 2013 he was called up to the Republic of Ireland squad for six matches including games against England, Poland, and Spain, with his last appearance being against Wales in August 2013.
His move to Glory will not be the first time that he has played at nib Stadium, having made a “Man-of-the-Match” appearance for Wolves against Glory in 2009, in a game that saw Tando Velaphi pull off a spectacular save from his 40 yard second-half half volley and a driving run from the left resulting in a shot that hit the underside of the bar before being cleared to safety.
“I am looking forward to returning to Perth and to make my mark on the A-League” Andy Keogh said.
“It is a league I have followed closely over the past few years, with my family having moved to Joondalup in recent years and through my close friendship with Millwall defender and former ECU Joondalup player Shane Lowry.” he added.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for me at Perth Glory and I believe my experience in the Championship will help me adapt quickly to the A-League. “
The 183cm striker will join his Perth Glory teammates for pre-season training which commences on June 18.
“It’s another positive signing for Perth Glory. Andy is an exciting player, very hard-working, and someone who play’s football to win and to score goals.” Perth Glory CEO Jason Brewer said.
“I met up with Andy earlier this month in the UK, he’s got a fantastic attitude and it’s great to be able to bring a player of such quality and experience into the Perth Glory squad for the upcoming season.” He added.
Andy Keogh joins recent signings Ruben Zadkovich, Diogo Ferreira, Dino Djulbic and Youssouf Hersi as Head Coach’s Kenny Lowe’s signings for the Club during the 2014/15 A-League off season.
In further good news for the club, on-loan goalkeeper Danny Vukovic will arrive back in Perth next week after an agreement was reached with J-League club Vegalta Sendai to an early release from his five month spell at the club.
Full Name: Andrew Declan Keogh
Place of Birth: Dublin, Ireland
Height: 1.83m
Weight: 70kg
Position: Striker
Previous Clubs:
Leeds United
Scunthorpe United
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Cardiff City
Bristol City
Current Hyundai A-League Contracted Squad for Season 2014/15:
Andy Keogh, Dino Djulbic, Ruben Zadkovich, Youssouf Hersi, Diogo Ferreira, Daniel De Silva, Jack Clisby, Brandon O’Neill, Danny Vukovic, Rostyn Griffiths, Michael Thwaite, Cameron Edwards, Nebojsa Marinkovich, Jamie Maclaren, Sidnei Sciola Moreas, Chris Harold, Josh Risdon, Scott Jamieson, Matthew Davies, Riley Woodcock, Harry O’Brien, Jack Duncan.
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