After a devastating loss in the FFA Cup Final on Tuesday, Sydney bounced with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Melbourne City
The Sky Blues got themselves into the lead on 16 minutes, with a great bit of play. Michael Zullo robs the ball off Riley McGree outside the box, plays it square to le Fondre, who then bangs one out wide to Rhyan Grant – who then took a wicked shoot which Paulo Retre backheeled into the net. They went into halftime with a 1-0 lead.
After the break, they sustained considerable pressure from City. However, City were devoid of a midfield or match winners. Their one effort on target was a skewed diving header from Dario Vidosic which Redmayne was equal to.
City were an incredible nothing going forward, and equally nothing defensively. Rhyan Grant won the ball outside City\’s box and played a square ball to Retre, who then made a smart through ball to le Fondre to double the lead. A classy finish from le Fondre, and demonstrated again why is he worth every cent Sydney pay him.
City continued to huff and puff but they were distinctly average. They\’re in desperate need of a a deep playmaker and a more classic striker. Bruno Fornaroli spent more time offside than on the ball.
le Fondre then rounded out a complete performance from the Sky Blues after receiving the ball in the box off a Ninkovic back-heel.
Another 3 points for Sydney FC, and a very good performance to go with it. But what did we learn from tonight?
1) Utility brilliance
2) Rock solid
3) O Captain my captain
4) What a turnaround
I feel Sydney were really unlucky on Tuesday night. They lost to two worldies, which you can\’t do anything about. Steve Corica has done a sensational job in the three day gap to keep the lads motivated and positive. One of Arnie\’s best traits was his ability to motivate his players, and Corica has very much inherited it. They looked set to prove yet again why they are the team to beat.
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Back-to-back A-League clean sheets, back-to-back A-League wins, and another strong performance from the Sky Blues.
Final score: Sydney FC (3) def. Melbourne City (0)
MOTM: Rhyan Grant