Chris puts Brisbane in a world of Payne

A Chris Payne hat-trick helped Sydney FC claim a crushing 5-nil win over the Brisbane Roar in Saturday’s National Youth League clash in Miranda.

Sydney FC has established a four point break at the top of the table after crushing the Brisbane Roar in Saturday afternoon-s round-7 National Youth League contest at Miranda, thanks largely to a Chris Payne hat-trick.

Payne found the net twice in the first half and was successful from the penalty spot in the second to help steer his side to a 5-nil victory – Sydney-s fifth so far this season.

“I-m stoked,” he said simply after the match. “It-s always good to score but to get a hat-trick and the win is a great feeling.”

The home side signalled its intentions immediately after the opening whistle. Smart interplay peeled open the Roar defence and Kerim Bulut could have opened the scoring inside thirty seconds but his shot from inside the eighteen rebounded harmlessly off the left upright.

That close call sparked Brisbane from its slumber and in the 5th minute Joshua McVey could have given the visitors the lead but failed to make the most of a good opportunity on the edge of Sydney-s area. Ten minutes later he should have scored but was denied by a great one-on-one save from Sky Blues- keeper, Nenad Vekic.

Having absorbed a mountain of pressure the hosts went back on the attack and their composed efforts in defence were rewarded when Payne beat the offside trap and calmly put the ball in the back of the net to give Sydney the advantage in the 23rd minute of the match.

On the half-hour that advantage was out to two when Bulut extended his amazing run. The in-form striker received the ball inside the Brisbane box and made the most of a minimum of space to beat the keeper and stretch his scoring spree to seven goals in as many games so far this season.

Steve O-Connor-s side was dictating terms and ten minutes from the break the scoreline read 3-nil after a perfect through ball from captain, Antony Golec opened the door for Payne to claim his second – the 19-year old providing another clinical finish after finding himself one-on-one with keeper, Matthew Acton.

Sydney went to the break with a comfortable cushion and in a carbon-copy of the first half, almost scored less than a minute after the restart but Brendan Gan fired wide.

It seemed only a question of when, not if the junior Sky Blues would extend their lead and in the 64th minute the inevitable occurred, again off the boot of Payne. The young striker again found himself running at Acton and when the custodian ankle-tapped him in the box there was never any doubt who would take the resulting penalty.

In the 73rd minute Joel Chianese was on the spot to collect the spoils and extend Sydney-s lead to five following more concerted pressure in the visitor-s defensive third.

Twice in the final ten minutes Gan was denied by sharp keeping from the Roar custodian but victory was already well and truly assured – Sydney FC cruising to a crushing 5-nil win and further extending its lead at the top of the National Youth League table.

“They-re a young side, Brisbane so we should be making life difficult for them but the boys worked hard,” assessed Coach, Steve O-Connor. “We said we-d try to press them early and up high and we did that – got those turnovers and got a few goals from it.”

The Junior Sky Blues have the bye in the next round, before heading to Queensland to face Gold Coast United on Sunday, November 8.

Match Detail

Sydney FC 5 (Payne 23-/35-/64-P, Bulut 29-, Chianese 73-)
Brisbane Roar 0

Sydney FC Line-up: 1. Nenad VECIK (gk) (20. Mark PULLMAN (gk) 54-), 2. Steven TIBBETTS (17. Luke AUSTIN 57-), 3. Antony GOLEC (c), 5. Sam MUNRO, 6. Chris PAYNE, 7. Brendan GAN, 8. Kofi DANNING ( 11. Iain RAMSAY 45-), 9. Kerim BULUT (4. Dimitri PETRATOS 60-), 10. Zachary CAIRNCROSS, 13. Joel CHIANESE, 14. Adam CASEY (OA).

Substitutes Not Used: Nil.

Yellow Cards: Nil.
Red Cards: Nil.
Goals: 6. Chris PAYNE 23-/35-/64-P, 9. Kerim BULUT 29-, 13. Joel CHIANESE 73-.

Brisbane Roar Line-up: 1. Matthew ACTON (gk), 2. Matthew BYRNE (9. Tyler THURTELL 57-), 4. Michael RYAN, 5. Daniel BOWLES (c), 6. Calum O-CONNEL (10. Stefan VRBESIC 45-), 7. Luke BRATTEN, 8. Jordan FARINA (15. Antony SCHIAVO 55-), 11. Joshua McVEY, 12. Kenneth DOUGALL, 13. Adam SAROTA, 16. Timothy SMITS (OA).

Substitutes Not Used: 20. Luke MUIR (gk).

Yellow Cards: Nil.
Red Cards: Nil.
Goals: Nil.

Referee: Gerard Parsons (at Seymour Shaw Park, Miranda).