Sydney pull eight points clear after comfortable 2-0 win

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A three-minute blitz early in the second half ensured Sydney FC maintained their unbeaten start to the season after a 2-0 victory over Adelaide United in front of 11,255 supporters at Allianz Stadium.

A wet and stormy night didn’t deter the league leaders, with goals from Alex Brosque and Milos Ninkovic rounding out an easy win against a spirited, but toothless Adelaide.

Sydney looked lively from the off in the first half, troubling the Adelaide defense on both flanks through Michael Zullo and Rhyan Grant.

Milos Ninkovic could have put the Sky Blues ahead after just three minutes when the ball fell to him in a prime position in the box, but instead of shooting the midfielder chose to cut a pass wide to Zullo who fired into the side netting.

Grant could have received his marching orders in the 16th minute for what looked like a clear lunging challenge on Marcelo Carrusca after losing control of a slippery ball, but referee Shaun Evans spared the right back’s blushes by brandishing a yellow card.

Sydney had the ball in the net after 25 minutes when Ninkovic slotted Filip Holosko through, but the goal was disallowed by the linesman’s flag for offside – a decision which replays suggest could have gone either way.

Adelaide looked content to absorb Sydney’s attacks and hit the home side on the counter, but the Reds failed to seriously test Danny Vukovic’s goal.

Ninkovic found himself in the thick of the action once again in the first minutes of the second half, and narrowly missed putting his side ahead. His side-footed volley from just inside the box falling agonisingly wide of goal after some strong build-up play by Bobo.

Sydney finally made the most of their dominance after 57 minutes – Alex Brosque putting the Sky Blues ahead with his 9th goal of the season after latching on to a superb cross from Grant and steering a left-footed shot into the bottom right corner.

And the home side made it 2-0 just minutes later when Ninkovic capped off another brilliant performance with a 60th minute close range effort from inside the crowded area.

Sydney continued to look for a third to wrap up the game, with substitute Matt Simon coming close on several occasions, but the league leaders ultimately settled for an easy victory and 10th clean sheet of the season.

For Adelaide, it was a disappointing display after last week’s impressive victory over Melbourne City, with the Reds failure to fire up front particularly worrying. The 2-0 loss ensuring they remain tied at the bottom of the ladder with the Central Coast Mariners.

Sydney FC 2 (Brosque 57’, Ninkovic 60’)
Adelaide United 0

Stadium: Allianz Stadium
Crowd: 11,255

Referee: Shaun Evans
Assistant Referees: Owen Goldrick and Scott Edeling
Fourth Official: Stephen Lucas

Sydney FC 4. WILKINSON Alex, 6. BRILLANTE Joshua, 7. ZULLO Michael, 9. BOBÔ (18. SIMON Matt 79’), 10. NINKOVIC Milos (17. CARNEY David 86’), 12. CALVER Aaron, 13. O’NEILL Brandon, 14. BROSQUE Alex, 20. VUKOVIC Danny (gk), 21. HOLOSKO Filip (11. IBINI Bernie 68’), 23. GRANT Rhyan
Substitutes: 1. REDMAYNE Andrew, 8. DIMITRIJEVIC Milos

Adelaide United 1. GALEKOVIC Eugene (gk) (c), 2. MARRONE Michael (24. O’DOHERTY Jordan 81’), 4. McGOWAN Dylan, 5. REGAN Taylor (3. LA ROCCA Iacopo 65’), 7. HENRIQUE (9. GUARDIOLA Sergi 59’), 8. ISAÍAS, 10. CARRUSCA Marcelo, 11. CIRIO Sergio, 18. McGREE Riley 19. GARUCCIO Ben, 21. ELRICH Tarek
Substitutes: 12. OCHIENG Mark, 20. HALL John (gk)

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