Melbourne City bag three points after Sydney FC clash

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Melbourne City have come away with three points after a rainy meeting against Sydney FC at Leichhardt Oval.

Round 22 of the A-League has seen Melbourne City defeat Sydney FC 2-0 thanks to a double from Shayon Harrison.

Sydney put the pressure on early in the game, winning a corner within the first two minutes that Melbourne’s goal keeper Eugene Galekovic was lucky to secure after a defensive scramble.

The Sky Blues were lively in their front third, pressing with intensity. Great build up play was on show from Reza Ghoochannejhad, Adam Le Fondre and Milos Ninkovic over a number of occasions. The attacking players for Sydney’s side created numerous goal scoring opportunities throughout the half, arguably the best chance coming from a defensive switch of play through the left side of the field. Sydney had a number of blue shirts going forwards, but a steadfast Rostyn Griffiths diffused the danger at the last second, swooping in to clear the ball for Melbourne City.

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Melbourne City’s closest chance of the half came from Luke Brattan, whose low strike forced Andrew Redmayne to make a fingertip save. With minutes of first half action remaining, Bart Schenkeveld only had the keeper to beat after a ball from Jamie Maclaren, but the defender couldn’t get his foot to the cutback. Melbourne did well to keep out the attacking efforts of the Sky Blues, holding them at 0-0 until the end of the first half.

Sydney FC were patient in possession towards the break, but neither side were able to score before the half time whistle.

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The Sky Blues started the second half strongly, immediately getting players forward into the Melbourne City area. Michael Zullo played a ball into Ninkovic on the edge of the box, but the striker couldn’t get a shot away before City cleared the danger. Rhyan Grant had a chance to cross from the right side minutes later, but his efforts were deflected by a strong City defence.

But it was Shayon Harrison for Melbourne City who eventually scored the first goal of the match. Harrison was played a neat ball into the middle against the run of play, and the attacker placed his shot low and left past Redmayne to give his side the 1-0 advantage.

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Shayon Harrison scored again for Melbourne City, this time with just over 10 minutes of regulation time remaining. The Englishman met a cross coming in from Harrison Delbridge, and his powerful volley deflected off Paulo Retre and into the back of the net.

Sydney will remain in second spot despite their loss to Melbourne City. Both Sydney FC and Melbourne City will be looking to pick up some points in round 23 as they take on lowly Brisbane Roar and Western Sydney Wanderers respectively.

 

Sydney FC 0

Melbourne City FC 2 (Shayon Harrison 62’, 79′)

 

Stadium: Leichhardt Oval

 

Referee: Shaun Evans

Assistant referee: James Tesoriero and Andrej Giev

Fourth official: Stephen Lucas

 

Sydney FC: Andrew Redmayne (GK), Benjamin Warland, Alexander Wilkinson, Michael Zullo, Paulo Retre, Adam Le Fondre, Milos Ninkovic, Brandon O’Neill, Reza Ghoochannejhad, Anthony Caceras, Rhyan Grant, Jacob Tratt (24′), Alex Brosque (66′), Luke Ivanovic (70′)

Unused subs: Aleksander Cisak (GK), Mitchell Austin

 

Melbourne City FC: Eugene Galekovic (GK), Ritchie De Laet, Scott Jamieson, Harrison Delbridge, Bart Schenkeveld, Rostyn Griffiths, Shayon Harrison, Kearyn Baccus, Iacopo La Rocca, Luke Brattan, Jamie Maclaren, Curtis Good (48′), Connor Metcalfe (76′), Ramy Najjarine (88′)

Unused subs: James Delianov (GK), Yaya Dukuly

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Lani Johnson
Bachelor of journalism student from the University of Sydney covering Sydney FC. Passionate about writing and football.