Sky Blues continue domination

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Sydney FC left Melbourne Victory feeling blue after keeping the home side goalless to put them 11 points clear on top of the table.

The rivalry between these two sides in Sydney’s 3-0 win was constant throughout the night but they left the visible anger for the final stages with a red card send-off for either side.

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Ola Toivonen received the first in dangerous territory following a challenge by Ryan McGowan.

McGowan received a yellow card and Toivonen curled the shot straight into the hands of Andrew Redmayne.

Five minutes later saw Sydney with their turn of a free kick after Milos Ninkovic was brought down.

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Alexander Baumjohann sent the shot into the area, finding Alexander Wilkinson whose header was directed upright.

Sydney looked to create a quick counterattack through Adam Le Fondre but he was brought down by Leigh Broxham, to earn himself a yellow card.

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Le Fondre was quick to make up for the missed opportunity, tapping the ball into the net to make it 1-0 after Baumjohann beat multiple defenders to square up the shot.

Sydney dominated for the remainder of the half, keeping the Victory defence and Lawrence Thomas busy.

With two minutes of added time, Victory were not able to level the score.

Toivonen was open in front of the net but missed an early opportunity at the start of the second half, sending a header over the top bar.

In his first game back at against his old side at AAMI Park, Kosta Barbarouses toed the ball into the net taking Sydney’s lead to 2-0 after scrambled play.

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Redmayne was given the go ahead to continue play following on field treatment after diving at the feet of Toivonen.

Just like most of Victory’s attempts for the evening, Andrew Nabbout sent a shot straight into the hands of Redmayne in the final ten minutes of play.

Baumjohann added a third to Sydney’s tally after Ivanovic was able to find Ninkovic who then set up the easy shot to make it 3-0.

Victory were still unable to convert during the five minutes of stoppage time.

Baumjohann received a straight red card for pushing off Broxham and he too was then shown a red.

The away side finished the night 3-0 leaving a question mark on the Victory’s season.

Melbourne Victory:
Sydney FC: 3 (Le Fondre 27’, Barbarouses 53’, Baumjohann 85’)

AAMI Park
Attendance: 17,814
Referee: Alex King
Assistant Referees: George Lakrindis, Wilson Brown
Fourth Official: Kate Jacewic

Melbourne Victory: Lawrence THOMAS (GK), Storm ROUX, Leigh BROXHAM, Andrew NABBOUT, Robbie KRUSE, Ola TOIVONEN (C) (Brandon Lauton 73’), Elvis KAMSOBA (Joshua HOPE 84’), Migjen BASHA, Benjamin CARRIGAN, Adama TRAORE, Anthony LESIOTIS (Kenjok ATHIU 73’).

Unused subs: Brendan WHITE (GK), Jakob POULSEN, Jay BARNETT.

Perth Glory: Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), Alexander WILKINSON (C), Alexander BAUMJOHANN, Ryan MCGOWAN, Paulo RETRE (Anthony CACERES 73’), Adam LE FONDRE, Milos NINKOVIC (Harry VAN DER SAAG 89’), Kosta BARBAROUSES (Luke IVANOVIC 79’), Joel KING, Rhyan GRANT, Luke BRATTAN.

Unused subs:  Adam PAVLESIC (GK), Patrick FLOTTMANN.

Feature Image Credit: Jaime Castaneda

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Tricia Mifsud
Covering Melbourne Victory during the 2019/2020 season. Bachelor of Media and Communications (Sports Journalism) at Latrobe University. Dedicated to writing articles that sports fans want to read.