Le Fondre puts Sydney back on top

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Sydney FC has returned to the top of the table after Adam le Fondre’s spectacular two-goal feat against Western United.

Le Fondre gifted Sydney another three points sending them straight to the top of the A-League table, replacing Melbourne City in the process.

He was the only shining light in an otherwise dim first half.

Play stopped shortly after kicking off when Ryan McGowan was left bloody after a head clash with Kwabena Appiah-Kubi.

The break-in play helped momentum sway in Sydney’s favour with two ferocious chances by Alex Baumjohann and Kosta Barbarousess.

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Both players found breakaways through United’s defensive line but struggled to make it to the back of the net meeting United keeper Filip Kurto in the process.

Le Fondre was not going to let Sydney’s force go to waste scoring in the 27th minute after Baumjohann set up a goal from the corner.

Western United gave up after Sydney’s 1-0 lead and again struggled to regain control, despite having ample opportunities.

Their best chance coming late in the first half when Dario Jertec tried to thunder home a stunning strike close to the box.

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Le Fondre’s momentum continued to make the Green and Black’s sweat during five minutes of additional time when he outran midfielder Aaron Calver creating a perfect opening to sweep a cross into the back of the net.

With his second goal of the night, Le Fondre surpassed Milos Ninkovic and Alessandro Del Piero to become Sydney’s fourth all-time goal scorer.

United fell straight back into old habits in the second half, struggling to make any key moments in front of goal count.

Sydney tried to make their possession in the second half count moving to a more defensively based style of play in order to protect their 2-0 lead.

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Rhyan Grant and Michael Zullo took the lead, away from Le Fondre and applied the pressure on United strikers Besart Berisha and Josh Risdon effortlessly combatting any chances they created to score.

Despite making ample chances, United missed their first and only shot on target in the 77th minute after Berisha tried to swoop a strike from the left of the box.

United suffer their third consecutive goal-less performance after losing to Central Coast 1-0 last week.

Western United: 0
Sydney FC: 2 (Le Fondre 27’, 45+4’)

GMHBA Stadium
Attendance: 5176

Referee: Stephen Lucas
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Ilievski
Assistant Referee 2: Tony Peart
Fourth Official: Jack Morgan
VAR: Craig Zetter

Western United: Filip KURTO (GK), Andrew DURANTE, Kwabena APPIAH-KUBI Connor CHAPMAN, Panagiotis KONE, Scott MCDONALD, Connor PAIN, Dario JERTEC, Josh RISDON, Alessandro DIAMANTI, Aaron CALVER, Besart BERISHA (46’) Max BURGESS (68′), Dylan PIERIAS (60′)

Unused Subs: Ivan VUJICA, Ryan SCOTT (GK), Brendan HAMILL.

Sydney FC: Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), Rhyan GRANT, Alexander WILKINSON (c), Ryan MCGOWAN, Michael ZULLO, Brandon O’NEILL, Luke BRATTAN, Alexander BAUMJOHANN, Anthony CACERES, Kosta BARBAROUSES, Adam LE FONDRE, Joel KING (70’), Luke IVANOVIC (77’), Paulo RETRE (84’)

Unused subs: Thomas HEWARD-BELLE (GK), Trent BUHAGIAR.

Feature Image Credit: Sydney FC

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