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Adam blows whistle on brother’s penalty role

Posted by on 21/09/2019

SYDNEY defender Adam Griffiths cheekily suggested his younger brother and Jets striker Ryan Griffiths needs to ‘‘get on the weights’’ after earning what he believes was a questionable penalty on Saturday night at Hunter Stadium.
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The Jets came from behind twice to draw the match 2-2, with both goals coming from Ryan Griffiths penalties.

The final penalty in the 88th minute followed a clear-cut handball from Terry McFlynn that thwarted a Ryan Griffiths shot, but the first goal in the 15th minute was more contentious.

Referee Jarred Gillett pointed to the spot after Sydney defender Rhyan Grant brought down Griffiths from behind.

‘‘He knows he got one penalty that wasn’t a penalty,’’ Adam Griffiths said. ‘‘I was close. It wasn’t simulation, but maybe he went down pretty easy.

‘‘Maybe he needs to get on the weights or something because he went down and the referee gave a penalty, and that’s the way it goes.’’

The younger brother calmly slotted both penalties low to the right corner to take his season goal tally to eight.

‘‘I was telling my goalkeeper [Vedran Janjetovic] both times, ‘He’s going right, he’s going right,’’’ Adam said.

‘‘He went that way; he just didn’t put his hand out.’’

Adam and his twin brother and Sky Blues teammate Joel were part of the Jets’ 2007-08 grand final-winning team.

Joel’s suspension on Friday for abusing match officials the week before robbed fans of seeing all three Griffiths brothers in the same A-League match for the first time.

Adam was especially disappointed not to have Joel beside him.

‘‘We had some big names out, and they’re key players for us, especially in the front third with the likes of Joel, Jason [Culina] and Emo [Brett Emerton],’’ he said.

‘‘They’re our key players.

‘‘It was disappointing Joel didn’t play.

‘‘It would have been great for him to play against his old team and get a few boos and a few cheers.’’

Meanwhile, former Broadmeadow Magic recruit Andrew Hoole made the most of his second A-League start by producing a pleasing performance from left back in place of the suspended Sam Gallaway.

‘‘Early in the first half I found it hard to get into the game, but that was like what happened in the first game. I was still coming to terms with the whole step up,” the 19-year-old said.

‘‘Once I have a few more games under my belt I should be right. In the second half I thought I got more involved.’’

Adam Griffiths is yellow-carded after approaching brother Ryan as the latter took a penalty on Saturday. Picture: Peter Stoop

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