Sydney FC thoroughly trumped in storm ridden match-up

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A second half surge from Brisbane Roar has unraveled a contrived Sydney FC 3-1 as tempestuous conditions raged at Allianz Stadium.

From kickoff it was obvious that first half conditions were to be dicey. And the Roar wasted no time in capitalising on an adjusting Sydney FC defence.

Thomas Broich played in a clever dink to Jamie Maclaren who strayed away all to easily from Matt Jurman, as the striker slotted away calmly to take his team to an early lead in the 8th.

A noticeably stunned Sydney scrambled to string play together as the Brisbane offensive onslaught and turbulent conditions escalated. Yet, Brandon O’Neill was more than capable of rising to the challenge as the central midfielder regained possession for the Sky Blues by the 15th. And it wasn’t long until a returning Alex Gersbach pushed the ball into a metre of space to punt a cross that saw Blackwood glance his header marginally shy of the crossbar.

A lack of experience in the final third was apparent for Sydney. Andrew Hoole linked up effortlessly with Ninkovic in the 25th to one-two the Brisbane defence only for Michael Theo to deny a lone Hoole header on goal.

A few speculative attempts from Maclaren and O’Neill at either end of the park and some fireworks from Janjetovic and McKay constituted the remainder of the half as the two sides entered the sheds fired up.

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Sydney returned to the pitch the more spritely of the pair as Gersbach continued to threaten down the left flank. The wing-back found Hoole in the 47th minute with a beautifully struck low cross only for the number seven to scuff his shot.

A freekick arose for the home side as Petratos tripped up Grant in the 52nd. Gersbach stepped up to whip in a slick ball that fortunately found the back of the net by the glance off the outstretched leg of Corona, as the home side drew vivaciously level.

The tune of the game instantaneously changed as Sydney backed themselves on their newly created momentum.

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A noticeably fluid attack emerged, orchestrating a myriad of attacks on the travelling goal. And it was youngsters Gersbach and Blackwood who lead the charge.

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Just as the game turned for the Sky Blues it was as quickly snatched away. A tight run from Petratos in the 67th seemed offside as the winger tracked down the line. The ex-Sydney man picked out McKay, who’s header almost broke the back of the net as the visitors rightly grabbed the lead on review.

And in almost consecutive fashion, Petratos picked the surging run of Henrique who pushed the ball into yards of space to draw in Faty. The Brazilian was clinical in squaring to Maclaren at the right moment as he gave Roar a further lead at 3-1 for the visitors in the 76th minute.

Dimi Petratos went searching for a last minute reward for his supportive efforts when the young talent went one on one with Janjetovic only to be denied by the keeper’s outstretched hand.

3-1 it remained as the final whistle with the Sky Blues unraveling in the final moments.

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George Vlotis
UTS Journalism graduate and football fanatic. Ex-NSW premier league player and now fortunate enough to be reporting on the A-League. Sydney is Sky Blue. Follow me @VlotisGeorge

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