Former Newcastle players Steven Taylor and Siem de Jong are now competing against each other in the A-League.
The Dutchman on loan for the season at reigning champions Sydney FC as their marquee signing, whilst Taylor (pictured above during his very brief spell at Portland Timbers) joined Wellington Phoenix after Peterborough put him on the transfer list.
This weekend saw the second round of league matches and neither player will be happy for very different reasons.
Wellington Phoenix had started the season with a 2-1 victory over Newcastle Jets and were away to Brisbane Roar.
An early shot was parried straight into the path of Steven Taylor and from two yards he knocked it into the unguarded net…
Only he didn’t.
Somehow he produced an early contender for miss of the season and with the game ending goalless it made it all the worse.
Watch below how shocking the miss is and the reaction of Taylor’s Head Coach to the miss is quality as well.
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Elsewhere, Sydney FC opened with a draw at Adelaide United and their match this weekend was in front of over thirty thousand fans at the SCG (Sydney Cricket Ground).
Siem de Jong played the full 90 minutes last weekend but was left on the bench for this second league match in a derby game against Western Sydney Wanderers. The 29 year old being kept fresh for a big cup game coming up in midweek.
With Sydney FC cruising at 2-0, the Head Coach gave his star player the final 25 minutes.
However, Siem de Jong only lasted 20 of them before picking up his latest injury.
The midfielder picking up a hamstring tear although his Head Coach is hoping it proves not too serious.
Hamstring issues were just one of the many injuries that plagued his time at Newcastle.
Sydney FC Head Coach Steve Corica:
“We put him (Siem de Jong) on the bench in the first place to rest him, not give him 90 minutes because I wanted him to be fresh on Tuesday night for the Cup.
“Unfortunately it didn’t work out that way…
“The physios say a low grade strain so hopefully that’s the way.
“It’s hard to tell right now but tomorrow we’ll have a better idea.”