Sydney FC edged nearer to wrapping up the A-League Premiership following a 1-0 victory over Central Coast Mariners at Allianz Stadium in front of 11,148 supporters.

A lovely first half team goal finished off by Filip Holosko was all that separated the two teams in what was a largely frustrating match which also featured a penalty miss from substitute Bernie Ibini.

It took just eight minutes for the hosts to take the lead, and they did so in superb fashion with a beautiful goal so typical of Sydney’s campaign so far. Calm as ever in their build up play, Alex Brosque flicked a ball on to Michael Zullo out wide who whipped in a gem of a cross for Holosko to fire in from the back post.

Despite the 1-0 deficit the Mariners kept their composure and looked a threat going forward, particularly through the impressive Kwabena Appiah.

The game descended into a comfortable lull after the goal, with neither team able to create any solid chances. But it was Sydney who finally brought some life into the game ten minutes before the break, and they should have extended their lead with a great double chance for Rhyan Grant and Brosque.

The red-hot Zullo found himself in space again on the edge of the area before threading a ball through into the six yard box. The ball was met by a close range effort from Grant which required a fine save by Ivan Necevski before ricocheting out to Brosque who fired a shot into Row Z.

A frustrating opening 15 minutes to the second period had the home fans restless in their seats as the Mariners played the ball around comfortably. But once again it was Sydney who nearly grabbed a second and ignited the game – Bobo skewing a good 60th minute chance wide at the far post after Holosko’s header on.

The home side should have buried the game after 73 minutes when referee Shaun Evans awarded a penalty following Liam Rose’s push on substitute Bernie Ibini. But Ibini’s awful effort from the spot proved far too close to Necevski who easily pushed the ball away.

Ibini had an excellent chance to redeem himself just four minutes later, but it just wasn’t the strikers night as his effort from wide of goal smashed into the crossbar and narrowly missed bouncing over the line.

Necevski capped off an excellent performance in goal with a top draw save in the 85th minute to deny O’Neill from a free kick, but unfortunately for the replacement stopper his teammates failed to find an equaliser in the final minutes.
Sydney FC 1 (Holosko 8’)
Central Coast Mariners 0

Stadium: Allianz Stadium
Crowd: 11,148

Referee: Shaun Evans
Assistant Referees: Owen Goldrick and Kearney Robinson
Fourth Official: Jarred Gillett

Sydney FC 4. WILKINSON Alex, 5. BUIJS Jordy, 6. BRILLANTE Joshua, 7. ZULLO Michael, 9. BOBO (18. SIMON Matt 81’), 10. NINKOVIC Milos, 13. O’NEILL Brandon, 14. BROSQUE Alex (C), 20. VUKOVIC Danny (GK), 21. HOLOSKO Filip (11. IBINI Bernie 68’), 23. GRANT Rhyan
Substitutes: 1. REDMAYNE Andrew (GK), 8. DIMITRIJEVIC Milos, 17. CARNEY David,

Central Coast Mariners 1. NECEVSKI Ivan (GK), 2. ROUX Storm, 3. GALLOWAY Scott, 4. POSCOLIERO Jacob (5. ASCROFT Harry 79’), 7. FERREIRA Fabio, 8. MONTGOMERY Nick (C), 9. O’DONOVAN Roy, 13. APPIAH Kwabena (12. BUHAGIAR Trent 78’), 16. ROSE Liam, 17. BINGHAM Josh (11. PAIN Connor 61’), 22. McGING Jake
Substitutes: 14. BERRY Adam, 30. PEARCE Adam (GK)

SHARE