Sydney FC secure important victory over Perth Glory

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Sydney FC have claimed a crucial win against Premiers Perth Glory in their last home game of the season at Jubilee Stadium in the lead up to the finals series.

It was a lively start for Sydney FC, with the home team creating their first attacking chance within a minute of the whistle. Despite the Premiers Plate already being won by the Glory, both teams played with intensity in an even first half.  Equal opportunities in the front third were shut down by steadfast defending from both sides.

The first half saw chances to Sydney FC’s Adam Le Fondre and Milos Ninkovic, while Perth Glory players Brendon Santalab, Joel Chianese and Jacob Italiano also came close to breaking the stalemate.

Perth’s best chance of the first half came from Santalab, whose shot from 25 yards out went flying just wide of the post. But it was the home side who broke the gridlock towards the end of the first half. Anthony Caceres sent a looping cross in to Paulo Retre, who headed the ball across goal and onto the path of Le Fondre for an easy touch across the line.

After a seemingly even first 45 minutes, Sydney FC went into the change rooms 1-0 up against the Premiers.

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The second half started out similarly to the first, with the Sky Blues winning two early corners and attacking aggressively. Both sides continued to create chances through controlled possession, but strong defenses kept these attacking opportunities at bay.

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Both sides became more physical in the second 45 minutes, with a number of fouls being called for heavy tackles. Sydney FC thought they had a chance for a penalty kick after a challenge in the box from Santalab on Ninkovic, but the appeals were waved away from the referee.

Sydney had another close chance late in the second half when Ghoochannejhad pounced on a wayward back pass to Liam Reddy in Perth’s goal box, but the Glory won the free-kick after contact on their goalkeeper. Although Perth had their fair share of chances throughout the half, the game ended with a 1-0 victory to Sydney FC.

Although Sydney’s triumph can’t push them ahead of the Premiers, the three points keeps the Sky Blues in front of third placed Melbourne Victory, as well as giving them a psychological advantage over Perth if they should meet again throughout the finals series.

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Sydney FC 1 (Adam Le Fondre 37’)

Perth Glory 0

 

Stadium: Jubilee Stadium

 

Referee: Chris Beath

Assistant Referee: Andrew Lindsay and Andrej Giev

Fourth Official: Kurt Ams

 

Sydney FC: Andrew Redmayne (GK), Aaron Calver, Alexander Wilkinson, Joshua Brilliante, Paulo Retre, Adam Le Fondre, Milos Ninkovic, Brandon O’Neill, Anthony Caceres, Siem de Jong, Rhyan Grant, Reza Ghoochannejhad (71′), Daniel De Silva (84′), Jacob Tratt (90+4′)

Unused Subs: Aleksander Cisak (GK), Mitchell Austin

 

Perth Glory: Shane Lowry, Ivan Franjic, Joel Chianese, Brendon Santalab, Tomislav Mrcela, Jake Brimmer, Jacob Italiano, Fabio Ferreira, Scott Neville, Liam Reddy (GK), Neil Kilkenny, Diego Castro (45′), Chris Harold (71′), Kristian Popovic (75′)

Unused Subs:  Tando Velaphi, Brandon Wilson

 

Feature Image Credit: Jaime Castaneda

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