Petrovski's message to former club: 'Watch out!'
The unquestioned goal scoring lynchpin in matches between the Central Coast Mariners and Sydney FC, Sasho Petrovski, has issued a warning to his former team-mates ahead of Saturday’s Sydney Football Stadium blockbuster.
The unquestioned goal scoring lynchpin in matches between the Central Coast Mariners and Sydney FC, Sasho Petrovski, has issued a warning to his former team-mates ahead of Saturday-s Sydney Football Stadium blockbuster.
The Mariners- striking ace has been quiet by his lofty standards in recent weeks, having last hit the back of the net against the Perth Glory at Bluetongue Stadium in late September.
However, Petrovski-s two goals prior to his match opener against the Glory were against Saturday-s opponents, Sydney FC, which were his sixth in matches between the two giant clubs of the New South Wales east coast.
Petrovski has started each of the Mariners- nine Hyundai A-League matches to date in season four and has been a telling contributor to a front line that is fast earning a reputation as the most feared in the country.
Between Petrovski, Dylan Macallister, Nik Mrdja and Matt Simon, the Mariners have a strike force that is the envy of the Hyundai A-League - boasting goals by the bagful alongside an abundance of international, representative and local top-flight experience.
Against Sydney FC on Saturday, where three pivotal derby points will be the order of the day for both sides, Petrovski-s contribution is likely to be crucial to the Mariners- chances of success.
"The record shows that we-re the highest goal scoring team in the Hyundai A-League," said Petrovski.
"All the strikers that we-ve got are all contributing, all we need is Nik Mrdja to get on the board for us, but I think our goal scoring figures will continue to grow.
"We-re looking very strong up front, we-ve all contributed, which is good and we-re sharing the load which is even better."
Petrovski will return to the arena he once called home on Saturday night when the Mariners take on Sydney FC.
Petrovski was a cornerstone contributor to Sydney FC-s opening two Hyundai A-League seasons - claiming the clubs golden boot prize in both 2005/06 and 2006/07 - totalling 14 Hyundai A-League goals in sky blue.
After relocating north in time for the Hyundai A-League 2007/08 campaign with the Mariners, Petrovski has since netted eleven strikes in the Hyundai A-League in Mariners colours, including a memorable match winner in the opening round of season three against Sydney FC at the venue for Saturday-s match.
Petrovski has contributed three goals to the Mariners- season four charge to date, which has seen the Mariners net more goals at this stage of a season (17) than any of their previous campaigns.
"It-s going to be very special game for me, the Sydney Football Stadium is a place that will stay in my heart forever, I had wonderful times there and magic moments," said Petrovski.
"It-ll be a very hard game, they-re coming second, we-ll be putting pressure on them and going there to try and get a result.
"It-s a massive game for us and one that the whole team is looking forward to, especially me with Sydney FC being my former club - they better watch out!"
The Mariners- Hyundai A-League campaign continues at the Sydney Football Stadium home of southern rivals Sydney FC on Saturday, 1 November. Kick off is at 7pm.
The Mariners will return to their Bluetongue Stadium home on Saturday, 15 November, when they host AFC Champions League finalists Adelaide United. Kick off is at 7.30pm.
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