The Sky Blues brushed aside the Glory and into a fourth A-League Grand Final courtesy of three first half goals, two of which were successfully overturned in the hosts favour by the video referee.  

A superb Josh Brillante strike, as well as efforts from Jordi Buijs and Filip Holosko delighted the 21,938-strong home crowd at Allianz Stadium, with Perth looking a shadow of the team which upset Melbourne City last week.

The nerves appeared to have gotten to Sydney early on, with the visitors looking far more composed in attack, but the game was brought to life in the 21st minute through a wonder strike from Brillante.

Picking up the ball 30 yards out, Brillante didn’t hesitate in unleashing a rocket of a strike into the top corner to make it 1-0.

His goal seemed to lift the Premiers, with both Bobo and Alex Brosque coming agonisingly close to doubling the lead just minutes later, while Perth, who had been so patient early on, looked increasingly frustrated as they failed to penetrate from set pieces.

The crowd were in raptures again in the 37th minute when Buijs danced through the Glory defence to stroke home a lovely goal, but the celebrations were quickly quashed by the linesman, with the goal disallowed for apparent obstruction.

With Sydney’s players urging referee Peter Green to take the decision upstairs, the call was handed over to the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) for a review, and fortune fell the way of the hosts with the decision overturned to give Sydney a 2-0 lead.

The video referee was called into action again less than ten minutes later when Holosko was denied a headed goal in the first minute of first half injury time. Much to the relief of the Sky Blues faithful the decision was once again overruled to give Sydney a 3-0 lead at the break.

Unbelievably the second half started where the first ended – Bobo heading Ninkovic’s low cross into the back of the net after 50 minutes, but the Brazilian was correctly judged to have been offside.

Perth weren’t without opportunities of their own as they tried to claw their way back into the fixture, but Andrew Keogh proved wasteful in front of goal despite the efforts of Diego Castro.  

Brosque and substitute Bernie Ibini could have put the hosts well and truly out of sight with 20 minutes to play, but neither could convert promising chances with Ibini particularly unlucky to see his shot parry off Liam Reddy, back onto himself and bounce out of play off the post.

The hosts were able to see out the remaining minutes with ease, booking a home Grand Final next week against either Melbourne Victory or Brisbane Roar.
Sydney FC 3 (Brillante 21, Buijs 37’, Holosko 45+1’)
Perth Glory 0

Stadium: Allianz Stadium
Crowd: 21,938

Referee: Peter Green
Assistant Referees: Nathan MacDonald and Owen Goldrick
Fourth Official: Kurt Ams


Sydney FC 4. WILKINSON Alex, 5. BUIJS Jordy, 6. BRILLANTE Joshua, 7. ZULLO Michael, 9. BOBO, 10. NINKOVIC Milos (17. CARNEY David 81’), 13. O’NEILL Brandon, 14. BROSQUE Alex (C), 20. VUKOVIC Danny (GK), 21. HOLOSKO Filip (11. IBINI Bernie 66’), 23. GRANT Rhyan


Substitutes: 1. REDMAYNE Andrew (GK), 8. DIMITRIJEVIC Milos, 18. SIMON Matt
Perth Glory 3. WARREN Marc, 6. DJULBIC Dino, 7. CHIANESE Joel (14. HAROLD Chris 73’), 8. GRIFFITHS Rostyn (C), 9. KEOGH Andy, 11. GARCIA Richard (15. WILSON Brandon 52’), 17. CASTRO Diego, 19. RISDON Josh, 22. TAGGART Adam, 26. GOIAN Lucian, 33. REDDY Liam (GK)

Substitutes: 5. WILLIAMS Rhys, 10. MARINKOVIC Nebo, 13. FEELY Nick (GK)

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