Sydney FC have made it four wins in a row, defeating bottom of the table Central Coast Mariners 5-2 at Jubilee Stadium.

The Sky Blues have squandered any hope the Mariners may have had about winning their first game of the season with a convincing second half performance, beating the Mariners 5-2.

The Mariners started off strongly, keeping possession and frustrating Sydney FC with their attacking opportunities in transition. The 17th minute saw the Mariners take a shock lead, with Connor Pain’s left footed strike hitting the top of the left hand corner.

The Mariners went down to 10 men mid-way through the first half after a dangerous slide tackle from Kalifa Cisse on Siem De Jong. It was his second yellow of the game after a receiving a card for kicking the ball away after conceding a handball only three minutes earlier.

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The compromised Mariners started to lose momentum towards the end of the first half, and Sydney FC came out on top after chances for De Jong, Adam Le Fondre and Milos Ninkovic.

Four minutes into the second half the Sky Blues equalised, with Alex Brosque sliding the ball into the back of the net after a Le Fondre cross.

Sydney was awarded a 51st minute penalty kick when Jacob Melling’s slide tackle on Le Fondre forced the referee to point to the spot. The striker stepped up and blasted the ball into the net giving his side the 2-1 advantage.

Brosque scored his double in the 58th minute as he got a head to Le Fondre’s cross, and finished from the rebound as goalkeeper Ben Kennedy tried to clear the attempt.

The captain wasn’t done there, and went on to score his hat-trick in the 64th minute, beating his defender with speed and chipping the ball over the head of Kennedy to make the score 4-1 to the home side.

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In response, three minutes later, Matthew Millar cut the ball back to Aiden O’Neill who shot from the edge of the box, making the score 4-2 to Sydney FC.

A Joshua Brilliante lofted ball into the area found Aaron Calver, whose volley on a tight angle found the back of the net with only added time remaining. His strike put the Sky Blues 5-2 in front, and secured Sydney’s fourth consecutive win.

Although the Mariners started strongly, Sydney’s talented squad overcame them in the second half. The three points should leave the Sky Blues in good stead going into next week’s match against against top of the table Perth Glory, whilst the Mariners are still hoping to get a win under their belts in round 12.

 

 

Sydney FC 5 (Alex Brosque 49′, 58′, 64′ Adam Le Fondre 53’, Aaron Calver 90′)

Central Coast Mariners 2 (Connor Pain 17’, Aiden O’Neill 67′)

 

Stadium: Jubilee Oval

 

Referee: Jonathan Barreiro

Assistant referee: Nathan MacDonald and Andrej Giev

Fourth official: Adrian Arndt

 

Sydney FC: Andrew Redmayne (gk), Aaron Calver, Alexander Wilkinson, Joshua Brilliante, Michael Zullo, Paulo Retre, Adam Le Fondre, Milos Ninkovic, Brandon O’Neill, Alex Brosque, Siem de Jong, Jacob Tratt (72′), Anthony Caceres (72′), Luke Ivanovic (81′)

Unused subs: Aleksander Cisak (gk), Cameron Devlin

 

Central Coast Mariners: Ben Kennedy (gk), Jake McGing, Andrew Hoole, Connor Pain, Aiden O’Neill, Kye Rowles, Matthew Millar, Matthew Simon, Kalifa Cisse, Jacob Melling, Jordan Murray, Mario Shabow (57′), Thomas Oar (61′), Tom Hiariej (76′)

Unused subs: Adam Pearce (gk), Michael McGlinchey

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