Sydney FC slaughter Melbourne Victory in semi final

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Sydney FC have destroyed Melbourne Victory’s grand final hopes after defeating them 6-1 in their sudden death semi-final at Jubilee Stadium.

Youngster Aaron Calver gave Sydney FC the lead within the first three minutes after Victory’s goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas fumbled the ball on the goal line.

Sydney FC looked confident and aggressive early on, winning a series of corners and making positive movements in the attacking third. The Sky Blues created numerous goal scoring opportunities, with defender Rhyan Grant coming close on one occasion when his clean strike was pushed just wide by the Victory keeper.

Ola Toivonen and Georg Niedermeier had a number of their own attacking chances in the first half, but a solid Sky Blues defence was able to keep the threats at bay.

Sydney FC doubled their lead just before half time, with Alex Brosque pouncing on Siem de Jong’s deflected shot and firing the ball into the back of the net, making the score 2-0. But the Sky Blues weren’t done yet. Seconds before the half time whistle, de Jong sent a cross flying into the box, but Leigh Broxham’s defensive header sent the ball past Thomas for an own goal. A deflated Melbourne Victory retreated to the change rooms down 3-0.

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The second half started out evenly, but it didn’t take long for the Sky Blues to strike again. Niedermeier came sliding in on Adam Le Fondre in the box, leaving referee Chris Beath no option but to point to the spot. Le Fondre took the resulting penalty kick, placing the ball perfectly into the bottom right corner, pushing the score line to 4-0 in Sydney’s favour.

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Adam Le Fondre netted his second goal five minutes later, sliding the ball past Thomas after receiving a perfectly weighted pass from Milos Ninkovic. Milos Ninkovic scored the final goal for the Sky Blues, volleying the ball into the net following Joshua Brillante’s cross to make the score 6-0.

Ola Toivonen scored a consolation goal for Melbourne Victory in added time, with the resulting score a demoralising 6-1 victory to Sydney FC.

After having eliminated Melbourne Victory, Sydney FC will now progress to the Grand Final hosted by Perth Glory on Sunday the 19th of May.

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Sydney FC 6 (Aaron Calver 3’, Alex Brosque 43′, Leigh Broxham (OG) 45 + 2′, Adam Le Fondre 63′, 68′, Milos Ninkovic 88′)

Melbourne Victory 1 Ola Toivonen (90+1′)

 

Stadium: Jubilee Stadium

 

Referee: Chris Beath

Assistant referee: Andrew Lindsay and Ashley Beecham

Fourth official: Kurt Ams

 

Sydney FC: Andrew Redmayne (GK), Aaron Calver, Alexander Wilkinson, Joshua Brillante, Michael Zullo, Adam Le Fondre, Milos Ninkovic, Brandon O’Neill, Alex Brosque, Siem de Jong, Rhyan Grant, Anthony Caceras (66′), Paulo Retre (71′), Daniel De Silva (77′)

Unused subs: Aleksander Cisak (GK), Reza Ghoochannejhad

 

Melbourne Victory: Lawrence Thomas (GK), Keisuke Honda, Georg Niedermeier, Leigh Broxham, Terry Antonis, Kosta Barbarouses, Ola Toivonen, Thomas Deng, Raul Baena, James Donachie, Elvis Kamsoba, Kenjok Athiu (55′), Carl Valeri (68′), Storm Roux (73′)

Unused subs: Matthew Acton (GK), Anthony Lesiotis

 

Feature Image Credit: Jaime Castaneda

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