Calamity continues for Sydney FC in 3-1 loss

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Horror defending had a frail Sydney FC chasing down a three goal first half lead to Wellington Phoenix at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night as the loss had fans reeling.

But while the opening moments had the home side exhibiting some promising movement within minutes it all came crashing down. The once strongest defence in the league may well have not shown up as Phoenix made no mistake in running riot in the harbour city.

Michael McGlinchey had a field day down the left flank, and his efforts came to fruition in the 12th when the winger calmly stepped past a limp Seb Ryall to deliver into the area allowing Blake Powell to pounce on a hesitant home side defence and put the Phoenix in the lead.

Before they could gather themselves the calamity continued for the Bling when Roly Bonevacia threaded an imposing Hamish Watson baring down on goal. The front man made no mistake in the 13th placing his effort early into the thick of Janjetovic’s net.

Unfortunately for the home side their woes weren’t confined to the score line. An eager Milos Ninkovic was taken down moments later resulting in ligament damage and his prompt replacement by fellow European Holosko.

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Yet despite the Slovak’s presence the tone of the game would remain the same. Michale Mcglinchey showed his prowess again slaloming down the left flank to play in an unmarked Bonevacia in the 37th.  The Phoenix favourite was composed as he slot home past a scampering Janjetovic to take the visitors to a 3-0 lead.

Boos reverberating at the closure of the half, as Sydney entered the sheds with much to consider.

Back on the pitch the Sky Blues found some sense of respite in the 51st when substitution Filip Holosko placed a loose ball high into the net of Glen Moss.

The goal allowed Sydney to claw one finger on the game as some defensive stability and linkup play began to take shape.

And it was the Substitute again spurring the attack in the 64th when his snap shot forced Glen Moss into action.

Some faltering attempts continued on the Phoenix goal but it was to remain 3-1. A horror first half for the Sky Blues condemns them to their eighth winless league game, Wellington Phoenix returning across the ditch with all three points.

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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