Sydney FC within touching distance of Premiers Plate

Friday March 3, 2017

Sydney FC are within touching distance of the A-League Premiers Plate after a 1-0 win over Melbourne Victory took them eleven points clear at the top of the ladder.

The Sky Blues could wrap up the title as early as next weekend which would make them the fastest winners of the Plate in A-League history.

Graham Arnold’s men produced a host of chances against second placed Melbourne Victory and took a deserved lead five minutes after half time as Bobô rounded off a clinical counter-attack.

That goal proved enough, however the score-line could have been a lot bigger with the Sky Blues creating many more opportunities on their way to completing a clean sweep of wins over their arch-rivals this season – the first time either team has managed three wins against the other in 12 years of the A-League.

Next Friday night Sydney FC meet Central Coast Mariners at Allianz Stadium knowing a win would clinch the title, providing Victory failed to win at home to Perth Glory the following evening.

After the match, Arnold said, “I thought we started a little bit slow, both teams took some time to get used to the pitch. At the end of the day, I thought second half was our best performance of the season.

“We totally dominated Melbourne, we didn’t give them any time on the ball and the boys did well. We just kept the ball better, we got used to the surface better. Initially it was a bit of a dogfight in midfield.

“I thought we were very good. Once you get your creative players Ninkovic, Brosque and Bobô on the ball in that kind of form, it was pleasing to see.

“They had two or three chances to be honest, but we had some fantastic chances and the only small negative was that we didn’t kill them off, get the second and go for the third.

“There’s still 15 points to go, we’re in a great position, our destiny is in our own hands.”

News Source: Sydney FC

Match Details:

Sydney FC – 1 (Bobô 50’)
Melbourne Victory – 0
Crowd: 13,310 at Allianz Stadium
Referee: Peter Green

Sydney FC: 20. Danny Vukovic (gk), 4. Alex Wilkinson, 5. Jordy Buijs, 6. Joshua Brillante, 7. Michael Zullo, 9. Bobô (18. Matt Simon 84’), 10. Milos Ninkovic (17. David Carney 89’), 13. Brandon O’Neill, 14. Alex Brosque (c), 21. Filip Holosko (11. Bernie Ibini 72’), 23. Rhyan Grant. Subs not used: 1. Andrew Redmayne (gk), 8. Milos Dimitrijevic. Yellow Cards: Zullo 9’, Holosko 16’. Red Cards: None.

Melbourne Victory: 20. Lawrence Thomas (gk), 2. Jason Geria, 4. Nicholas Ansell, 5. Daniel Georgievski (13. Oliver Bozanic 77’), 6. Leigh Broxham, 7. Marco Rojas, 8. Besart Berisha, 10. James Troisi, 17. James Donachie, 21. Carl Valeri (c), 23. Jai Ingham (14. Fahid BEN Khalfallah 64’). Subs not used: 40. Matthew Acton (gk), 11. Mitchell Austin, 16. Rashid Mahazi. Yellow Cards: Troisi 86’. Red Cards: None.