Sydney romp as Mariners struggle

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The Sydney FC goal-scoring machine has continued to flourish, punishing the Central Coast Mariners in a 4-0 rout much to the delight of the 15,000 raucous fans at Allianz Stadium on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

Two goals in either half was more than enough for the Sky Blue, with a brace to Filip Holosko alongside goals to Bobo and substitute Alex Brosque more than enough to hand Sydney their second win for the season.

A class, piercing ball from Sydney’s Milos Ninkovic on 18 minutes split the turning Mariners defence for Filip Holosko to accelerate and calmly finish past the rushing Necevski for the opening goal of the match.

In the 35th minute left back Michael Zullo sent a ball to David Carney and released a venomous strike into Mariners defender Jacob Poscoliero to deflect centimetres wide of the right post for no result.

An impressive Ninkovic then earned Sydney the ball in their attacking half, gaining control and releasing a classy lob to Bobo’s chest. Poscoliero attempted to clear only to loop the ball over Necevski to allow an easy tap in for Bobo to double the Sydney lead.

The halftime score was a deserved 2-0 lead for the Sky Blues who looked an intimidating home outfit, continuing where they left off after the 4-0 Sydney Derby win last week.

It went from bad to worse for the Central Coast in the 65th minute, with a Holosko ball targeting a planted Bobo in the penalty area for Mariners defender Jake McGing to carelessly pull him down and give away an unnecessary penalty.

Holosko stepped up to the spot and calmly slotted home his third goal in two A-League appearances this season to the delight of the Cove faithful singing behind the netting as Sydney raced to a three goal advantage.

An absolute clanger from Necevski in the 70th minute symbolised a forgettable evening at Allianz Stadium for the Mariners. The former Sydney FC goalkeeper failed to control a throw-in gifting Brosque to an easy finish into the empty netting for a 4-0 lead.

Sydney FC continued to threaten the ever-loose Central Coast defence, with a number of chances in the final 15 minutes, none more cruel that Rhyan Grant’s strike bouncing off the woodwork.

It was another statement from Graham Arnold’s squad that goals will not be a problem as they look to compete for silverware in season 2016/17, while the Central Coast Mariners can take little comfort from a match that identifies Paul Okon’s men have much to work on if they’re to be competitive this year.

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Daniel McGookin
Passionate sports fan and aspiring journalist. Excited for the challenge of following the journey of Sydney FC in 2016/17

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