Sydney FC Weekend Recap (7th – 8th December 2019)
Hyundai A-League – Round 9
Sydney FC 5 (Le Fondre 7’ 42’ 89’, Ninkovic 25’, Buhagiar 86’) def. Brisbane Roar 1 (O’Donovan 90+3’ pen)
Sydney FC have gone five points clear at the top of the Hyundai A-League ladder with a resounding 5-1 win over Robbie Fowler’s Brisbane Roar on Saturday night at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.
On a night that saw over 300 SSFA players participate in matchday activities, the Sky Blues got off to the perfect start when a deflected cross from Barbarouses found its way to in-form striker Le Fondre, who made no mistake finishing from close range.
With impressive passing on display from Sky Blue German midfielder Baumjohann, he picked out an inch perfect pass to Barbarouses, who crossed the ball into the middle for Ninkovic to side foot into the back of the net making it 2-0.
Just prior to half time, Sydney FC would further extend their lead after a perfect long ball from Grant found Barbarouses to provide yet another assist with Le Fondre producing a spectacular chipped effort into the top corner.
In the 85th minute, Buhagiar, recently returning from injury, only needed two-touches in the game to grab his first A-League goal for Sydney FC with his finish at the near post having been set up by Baumjohann. Buhagiar then turned provider, setting up Le Fondre to complete his first Sky Blue hat-trick.
Brisbane Roar scored a late consolation goal from the penalty spot as the Sky Blues push five points clear at the top of the Hyundai A-League ladder. Sydney FC now look forward to this weekend’s clash against Central Coast Mariners this Saturday on December 14. Kick off 7:30pm at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.
Westfield W-League – Round 4
Sydney FC 1 (Huerta 40’) def. by Melbourne City 2 (Van Egmond 3’, Mijatovic 76’)
Sydney FC have dropped their first points of the season with a narrow defeat against Melbourne City at Cromer Park, Manly.
The visitors opened the scoring early in the third minute after a quick break from City was clinically finished by Matilda attacker Van Egmond into the bottom corner.
Soon after, the Sky Blues looked to get back level after Ibini got in behind the defence only for the cross to be blocked by City’s goalkeeper.
Sydney would draw level five minutes before half time. Midfielder Logarzo produced a sublime chip through ball for Huerta who cut inside and fired into the goal.
In the second half, Huerta had a chance to add a second after showing great skill to get past a City defender only to be denied by the City goalkeeper.
Both teams went searching for the goal that would provide the winner and it was City who managed it with Mijatovic thumping the ball into the net following a dangerous cross.
A late chance fell to Evans but she could only hit her shot over. The Sky Blues now face Newcastle Jets away this Sunday December 15 at 4pm, McDonald Jones Stadium.