Sydney FC has defeated Melbourne Victory 1-0 in the Big Blue at Etihad Stadium, in the rematch of the 2016/17 Grand Final.

Victory fans instantly got a glimpse of what Leroy George is capable of, pulling off a clever nutmeg after just three minutes.

The Victory had some chances with corners, however no clear cut chances to trouble Andrew Redmayne.

Victory then had a great chance with Besart Berisha finding Mitchell Austin, but a last ditch tackle by Jordy Buijs to deny him after 13 minutes.

Then it was the visitor’s turn with Adrian Mierzeijewski getting in behind nicely in the 25th minute, however Lawrence Thomas denied him the goal at the near post.

It was a cagey first half with both sides adapting to each other’s game quite well.

After the start of the second half, Sydney accumulated the chances, with one of these being an own goal to Thomas Deng after 53 minutes.

Luke Wilkshire crossed it to Alex Brosque who got a slight header on the ball but it fell to Deng who couldn’t react and ended up over the line.

Then just four minutes later, Wilkshire was involved again, this time getting a shot away but this was saved by Thomas to his left.

After 62 minutes, Berisha looked certain to score but Buijs was in the way to complete a  crucial block.

The hosts were able to create good opportunities but the lack of finishing in the final third got the fans a little frustrated.

In the very last big chance of the match, Geria just kept the ball alive and found its way to Williams. He chested it down and hit it first time but it was instantly blocked by the Sydney defence.

Certainly a better second half for both the teams and the neutrals, with Sydney FC on top to claim the 1-0 win.

Melbourne Victory:
Sydney FC:
(Thomas Deng Own Goal 53′)

Etihad Stadium

Referee: Kris GRIFFITHS-JONES
Assistant referees: Luke BRENNAN & Lance GREENSHIELDS
Fourth offical: Shaun EVANS

Melbourne Victory:
2. GERIA Jason, 4. WILLIAMS Rhys, 6. BROXHAM Leigh, 8. BERISHA Besart, 11. AUSTIN Mitchell, (14. DENG Thomas OG 53′), 17. DONACHIE James, 20. THOMAS Lawrence (GK), 21. VALERI Carl, 23. INGHAM Jai, 41. GEORGE Leroy.
Substitutes: 1. ACTON Matthew (GK), 16. HOPE Joshua, 19. WARING Pierce, 22. NIGRO Stefan, 31. THEOHAROUS Christian.

Sydney FC:
1. REDMAYNE Andrew (GK), 4. WILKINSON Alexander, 5. BUIJS Jordy, 6. BRILLANTE Joshua, 8. RETRE, Paulo, 9. BOBÔ, 10. NINKOVIC Milos, 11. MIERZEJEWSKI Adrian, 13. O’NEILL Brandon, 14. BROSQUE Alex, 26. WILKSHIRE Luke.
Substitutes: 16. KALIK Anthony, 17. CARNEY David, 18. SIMON Matthew, 22. RYALL Sebastian, 30. HEWARD-BELLE Thomas (GK).

 

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Liam Watson is currently completing Media and Communications at La Trobe University with a keen interest in sport, plus all the banter that goes with it.