Sydney FC masterclass demolished Perth Glory 6-0 at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.

Goals from Brandon O’Neill, Adrian Mierzejewski, Alex Brosque and a hatrick from Bobo saw the Sky Blues win to go the entire year of 2017 unbeaten at home.

That record didn’t seem certain after the opening period saw Perth with more possession and intent than was perhaps expected as the champions came out of the sheds a little flat.

However, the undermanned Glory side were unable to create many chances and failed to finish the opportunities they did create.

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They were made to pay for that failure after 20 minutes when the Sky Blues caught them with a quick counter as Adrian Mierzejewski sprung Milos Ninkovic clear through on goal with a sublime pass.

The Serbian used his acres of space to draw the goalkeeper before squaring the ball to Brandon O’Neill who tapped it calmly into the open net.

It was a beautiful move that summed the rest of the half for Sydney FC as Perth retreated into their shell whilst Sydney slipped into a familiar rhythm of calm play punctured with occasional moments of brilliance from their dynamic midfield.

Sydney’s dominant spell in the first half turned into an absolute masterclass from the champions in the second half. A thunderous finish from Mierzejewski, a sublime diving header from Alex Brosque and cool penalty from Bobo helped sydney quadruple their first half lead in just over 20 minutes.

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That surge saw an end to any hope that Perth had and left the visitors in damage control as the pressure from the Moore Park side continued until the final whistle. Unfortunately for Kenny Lowe’s men Sydney weren’t done.

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Bobo stamped his name on the golden boot with his second and third goal of the night and his thirteenth for the season with a brilliant half volley as well as a second penalty with the final kick of the game. The former was perhaps the best of his season as the Brazilian took a half volley at an impossible angle. 

The win sees Sydney jump eight points clear of the second placed Newcastle Jets and after displays like tonight are looking as though they are without equal. 

Sydney FC: 8
Perth Glory: 0

Referee: Jonathan Barreiro

Sydney FC
1. Andrew Redmayne, 26. Luke Wilkshire, 7. Michael Zullo, 5. Jordy Buijs, 4. Alex Wilkinson, 13. Brandon O’Neill, 11. Adrian Mierzejewski, 6. Joshua Brillante, 14. Alex Brosque. 10 Milos Ninkovic, 9 Bobô.

Substitutes: 30. Thomas Heward-Belle, 22. Sebastian Ryall, 17. David Carney, 8. Paulo Retre, 21. Charles Lokolingoy.

Perth Glory
33. Liam Reddy, 29. Jeremy Walker, 16. Joseph Mills, 5. Jacob Poscoliero, 2. Alex Grant, 15. Brandon Wilson, 14. Chris Harold, 18. Andreu Mayoral, 17. Diego Castro, 9. Andy Keogh, 6. Mitch Nichols.

Substitutes: 13. Nick Feely, 27. Riley Warland, 26. Jacob Italiano, 24. Callum Timmins, 19. Joseph Knowles.

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Football fan, writer, and post-grad journalism student at the University of Technology Sydney. Joined the team in 2017 to cover Sydney FC and the Central Coast Mariners.