Sydney FC have applied pressure on Brisbane Roar in the battle for the premiership after a 2-1 Big Blue win against Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park on Friday evening.

Brisbane have a chance to respond when they play on Sunday against Adelaide United, as the Roar find themselves level on 22 points with the Sky Blues.

A boost to Sydney’s top-of-the-table prospects has mathematically ruled out Victory for the play-offs this season who remain down in seventh place.

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It was an uphill task already for them given they had a setback in their draw with Western Sydney Wanderers and even if Victory won this game and next, they’d heavily rely on results to go their way. What they needed didn’t come to fruition in what could’ve been an incredible surge into the top-four and the play-offs.

Nevertheless Sydney were made to work hard for their result which is a promising sign for the youngsters at Victory to potentially match it with more senior opposition in the future.

Sydney appeared in cruise control at half-time with goals to Taylor Ray and Chloe Logarzo seeing the away side go into the break with a handy 2-0 advantage. Through a heavy deflection, Ray scored very early in the game on her starting debut while Logarzo after half an hour found the top right corner via the support of the post.

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Victory found some extra desire in the second 45 minutes, who knew anything less than the three points would end their finals dream. Just four minutes after the restart Lia Privitelli found herself all alone and unmarked in the box to easily head in Angela Beard’s delivery from a corner.

Victory pushed hard for the comeback and created several chances but Sydney remained gritty in their defensive duties and managed to halt Victory’s momentum.

The Sky Blues maintained their lead and eventually secured the win that will be crucial for where they end up on the ladder and heading into the finals series.

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Liam Watson is covering Melbourne Victory this season while completing Media and Communications at La Trobe University.