Sydney FC hit the reset button on Melbourne City’s winning streak

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The Sky Blues returned from the World Cup break fresh and with a point to prove, defeating the table-topping Melbourne City 2-1 at Allianz Stadium.

With the eyes of the nation glued to all things football after the Socceroos’ World Cup performance, this A-League Men clash certainly had Allianz Stadium buzzing with energy.

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Sydney pushed hard right from the kick-off, opening up some chances early in the hopes of dominating their so-far undefeated, visiting side.

The Sky Blue fans leapt to their feet only a few minutes into the match when Joe Lolley pulled the trigger on the opening shot for the game, which splayed just inches wide of the far post.

Despite the home team’s determination, it was Melbourne City to reach the scoreboard first. A penalty taken by Jamie Maclaren was slotted neatly between the post and the fingertips of Andrew Redmayne, putting the visiting side in front.

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City’s lead didn’t last long, however. The Sky Blues ploughed their way down the pitch straight from the restart of play. It was Lolley who found the back of the net just seconds after the opening goal of the match, levelling out the playing field as though it had never been shaken to begin with.

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Both sides pressed back and forth right up until the half-time whistle. With break after break being shut down, as well some crucial saves from both keepers, the first 45 came to an end at a tight 1-1 scoreline.

The second half started off just as fierce as the first had ended, with both teams desperately looking to be the first pull away from the draw.

It was just moments after Adam Le Fondre came off the bench when he snuck on through City’s defence to find the goal that finally put Sydney into the lead.

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The back-and-forth pressure continued as tensions were heightened amongst the visiting side, who continued the scramble to hold onto their winning streak.

As the final ten minutes started to trickle away, neither team sat back. Sydney managed to hold their cool without holding off, taking Melbourne on and pressing high with any chance they could get.

Marco Tilio banged one off the post for Melbourne City just as the match entered injury time, keeping everyone on the edge of their seats right up until the very end.

After a lengthy battle, it was the Sky Blues who came out on top, managing to hold onto their ever-so-tight 2-1 lead.

Sydney FC 2: (Joe LOLLEY 23’), (Adam LE FONDRE 61’)

Melbourne City 1: (Jamie MACLAREN 22’)

Allianz Stadium

Referee: Adam Kersey

Assistant Referees: Nathan MacDonald, Kearney Robinson

Fourth Official: Stephen Lucas

Sydney FC: Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), James DONACHIE, James DONACHIE, Jack RODWELL (Aaron GURD 46’), Paulo RETRE, Joseph LOLLEY (Adrian SEGECIC 81’), Patrick WOOD (Adam LE FONDRE 58’), Anthony CACERES (Jaiden KUCHARSKI 90’), Diego CABALLO, Max BURGESS, Rhyan GRANT, Luke BRATTAN

Unused subs: Adrian VLASTELICA, Jake GIRDWOOR-REICH, Thomas HEWARD-BELLE (GK)

Melbourne City: Thomas GLOVER (GK), Scott JAMIESON, Nuno REIS, Thomas LAM, Mathew LECKIE (Curtis GOOD 67’), Richard VAN DER VENNE, Jamie MACLAREN, Valon BERISHA, Andrew NABBOUT (Marco TILIO 67’), Callum TALBOT (Scott GALLOWAY 82’), Jordan BOS

Unused subs: Taras GOMULKA, Arion SULEMANI, Raphael BORGES RODRIGUES, Matthew SUTTON (GK)

Feature Image Credit: Melbourne City

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Neve McGavock
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Studying a Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong. Covering Sydney FC for the 2022/23 season.

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