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Group chat champions: Sydney FC celebrate premiership via WhatsApp

“We were planning on winning it on the Tuesday night which would have been the desired result,” Sydney FC chief executive Danny Townsend said. “We had something planned for the boys after that but when they couldn’t get the job done on Tuesday, we sort of we just felt it was best to wait, and when it happens it will happen and we will find time after the season.”

Sydney FC players celebrate after a Adam Le Fondre goal.

Sydney FC players celebrate after a Adam Le Fondre goal.Credit:Getty Images

The club had booked out the Sydney CBD restaurant District Brasserie but, awkwardly, had to cancel when the win didn’t come.

“We wouldn’t have got to it until 11 o’clock at night,” Townsend said. “The boys would have got together and had a bit of time to enjoy it and celebrate but it wasn’t meant to be. Instead, we were all sitting at home in our respective houses on the couch.”

The plate represented Sydney FC’s third premiership over four seasons, with the club now gunning to become the second since Brisbane Roar in 2012-13 to win back-to-back A-League championships with four games left to play.

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“Everyone has worked really hard to get the season back and for us to win it fair and square – you don’t like winning things with an asterisk next to it,” Townsend said.

Sydney FC head coach Steve Corica said it was a just reward for the team’s hard work during the COVID-affected season.

“It was disappointing not to do it at home but it is very nice to win the Premier’s Plate, as the best team over the season and it was well deserved by our players and staff, who put in a massive shift this season,” Corica said.

“There is a long way to go still. We have the Premier’s Plate but we still want to back up for the Grand Final. That’s been our aim from the start of the season.”

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