Sky Blues stroll past Glory to Premiers’ Plate

Sydney FC have celebrated winning the Premiers’ Plate in style, breezing past Perth Glory 3-0 in an utterly dominant performance at NIB Stadium.

The Sky Blues were without Socceroos duo Rhyan Grant and Danny Vuvokic, however it was business as usual as they took care of a lacklustre Perth side missing key men Rostyn Griffiths and fellow Socceroo Rhys Williams.

Kenny Lowe handed Romanian import Lucian Goian his debut in central midfield as a result, but the decision backfired as his first-half own goal set the tone for what turned into a dull performance from a Perth perspective.

The Sky Blues easily asserted their possession game on Perth in the first stanza, forcing the home side deep into their defensive half.

The Glory withheld the pressure for long periods, but ultimately cracked through an innocuous Goian own-goal in the 39th minute.

From a Sydney corner, Goian managed to knee his attempted clearance toward his own goal and a scrambling Liam Reddy could do nothing as the ball trickled into the back of the net.

Brandon O’Neill stepped up two minutes later and smashed home a 20-yard belter into Reddy’s bottom right corner.

Perth looked jaded after the double blow and limped to the half-time interval trailing 2-0.

Sydney FC continued with the same intensity in the second half, again pinning Perth for long periods.

Bobo, Milos Ninkovic and Alex Brosque were consistent threats for Sydney throughout the match and a clever passage of passing in the 62nd minute sealed the Sky Blues victory.

Ninkovic threaded the needle through multiple Glory legs and found Brosque sprinting into the six-yard box. The skipper was intelligent enough to back-heel into Bobo’s path and the Brazilian coolly slotted Sydney’s third.

Perth’s frustration was obvious and multiple players were often seen engaged in heated discussions.

Diego Castro provided two late flashes of joy for the home side in the dying moments, but both free kick attempts ultimately amounted to nothing.

It would end with Sydney running out resounding victors in a game that should be seen as a signal of intent for what they hope to achieve in finals.

Sydney face Melbourne City at Allianz Stadium this Saturday, while Perth travel to Coopers Stadium hoping to get back on the winners list against Adelaide.

Match Details
Perth Glory 0
Sydney FC 3 (Goian (OG) 39’, O’Neill 41’, Bobo 62’)

Attendance: 10970
Stadium: NIB Stadium, Perth

Referee: Kris Griffith-Jones
Assistant Referees: Matthew Southern, Josh Mannella
Fourth Official: Adam Fielding

Perth Glory: 33. REDDY Liam (GK), 6. DJULBIC Dino, 9. KEOGH Andy (C), 10. MARINKOVIC Nebojsa (11. GARCIA Richard 34’) 14. HAROLD Chris, 15. WILSON Brandon, 16. MILLS Joseph, 17. CASTRO Diego, 19. RISDON Joshua, 20. WILLIAMS Aryn, 22. TAGGART Adam, 26. GOIAN Lucian (18. OXBORROW Mitchell 59’)

Substitutes: 13. FEELY Nicholas (GK), 3. WARREN Marc, 7. CHIANESE Joel

Sydney FC: 1. REDMAYNE Andrew (GK) 4. WILKINSON Alex, 5. BUIJS Jordy (12. CALVER Aaron 60’), 6. BRILLANTE Joshua, 7. ZULLO Michael, 8. DIMITRIJEVIC Milos, 9. BOBO, 10. NINKOVIC Milos (17. CARNEY David 75’), 13. O’NEILL Brandon, 14. BROSQUE Alex (C) 21. HOLOSKO Filip (11. IBINI-ISEI Bernie 63’)

Substitutes: 40. HEWERD-BELLE Thomas, 18. SIMON Matthew

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