Sydney FC prove too strong for local rivals in the FFA Cup

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A strong second-half ensured Sydney FC claimed a 4-2 victory in their round of 32 FFA Cup match against Sydney Olympic.

Just 21 minutes after kick-off, Olympic midfielder Daniel Dias received a yellow card following a head-on collision with Adam Le Fondre, leaving him with a bloody nose.

After multiple failed attempts, the first goal of the game was scored by Adam Parkhouse, with a brilliant assist pass from Sam Mclllhatton, leaving Sydney FC rattled.

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The 41st minute saw an interaction between Patrick Yazbek and Max Burgess that left both parties with painful injuries. While Yazbek had suffered a head injury, Burgess was left with blood gushing from his nose.

Before the half-time bell rang, Le Fondre scored Sydney FC’s first goal of the game and celebrated with his trademark heart aimed at the fans watching at home.

Two substitutions were made by the Sky Blues after the start of the second half as Paulo Retre replaced Luke Brattan and Rhyan Grant took over defence for Harry Van Der Saag.

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In the 59th minute, striker Patrick Wood scored Sydney FC’s second goal, handing them the lead over Olympic for the first time.

One minute later, Olympic coach Ante Juric quickly substituted midfielder Darcy Burgess for midfielder Brendan Cholakian, who proved to be a great asset in the second-half.

Another two substitutions occurred as Sydney Olympic swapped Oliver Puflett for striker Emmanuel Peters, while Calem Neiuenhof replaced Patrick Yazbek on the field for Sydney FC.

With help from Le Fondre, attacker Elvis Kasomba scored his first goal for Sydney FC as he poked home from close-range to make it 3-1.

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In the 80th minute, Juric decided to change up his midfield with Daniel Dias replacing Christopher Gligor, and Fábio Ferreira taking over from McIIIhatton.

Defender Liam McGing pegged a goal back for Sydney Olympic with only nine minutes left on the clock.

Buhagair, however,  had no obstacles in his way to score a fourth and final goal for Sydney FC, ensuring the A-League Men side continued through to the round of 16.

Sydney FC: 4 (Le Fondre 44’, Wood 59’, Kamsoba 78’, Buhagiar 90+2’)

Sydney Olympic: 2 (Parkhouse 30’, McGing 82’)

Stadium: Belmore Sports Ground

Referee: Ben Abraham

Assistant Referees: Matthew McOrist and Brad Wright 

Fourth Official: Sam Kelly

Sydney FC: Andrew Redmayne (GK), Alex Wilkinson, Adam Le Fondre, Joel King, Harry Van der Saag, Max Burgess, Luke Brattan, Elvis Kasomba, Patrick Yazbek, Patrick Wood, Liam McGing

Subsitutes: Thomas Heward-Belle (GK), Paulo Retre, Milos Ninkovic, Trent Buhagiar, Rhyan Grant, Callum Talbot, Calem Nieuwenhof

Unused subs: Milos Ninkovic

Sydney Olympic FC: Nicholas Sorras (GK), Mathieu Cordier, Benjamin Van Meurs, Michael Glassock, William Angel, Sam McIIIhatton, Oliver Puflett, Adam Parkhouse, Darcy Burgess, Daniel Dias, Roy O’Donovan

Substitutes: Christopher Parsons (GK), Thomas Whiteside, Brendan Cholakian, Emmanuel Peters, Marley Peterson, Fabio Ferreira, Christopher Gilgor

Unused subs: Christopher Parsons (GK), Thomas Whiteside, Marley Peterson

Featured image credit: Jaime Castaneda

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Olivia Nunes-Malek
Covering Sydney FC for the 2021/2022 season. Currently studying a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism and Digital and Social Media) at the University of Technology Sydney.

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