Sydney FC cruise into the AFC Champions League Group Stage

Sydney FC have cruised into the Group Stage of the AFC Champions League after a 5-0 win over Kaya F.C.–Iloilo from the Philippines at Jubilee Stadium.

Moments that mattered:

BARBAROUSES CHANCE – 3’-Burgess gets to the byline puts in a cross which is met by Barbarouses who tests the Kaya keeper with a shot on target.

BUHAGIAR HITS THE CROSSBAR! – 7’ – Burgess again does well to put in a cross. This time it’s met by Buhagiar who’s shot rattles the crossbar.

BUHAGIAR GOAL – 30’ – O’Toole whips in a cross which is met by Barbarouses who has his shot well saved but the ball is parried into the path of Trent Buhagiar who smashes it home.

BOBÔ GOAL – 47’ – Scramble in the box and the ball falls to the feet of the Brazilian who tucks it home to make it 2-0.

BOBÔ GOAL – 49’ – Barbarouses plays the ball into Rhyan Grant who is fouled in the box. Bobo steps up and slots the spot kick for his second goal and Sydney FC’s third.

LE FONDRE GOAL – 71 – Amini whips in a dangerous ball from a corner which is met by Adam Le Fondre to head home.

LE FONDRE GOAL – 81’ – Patrick Wood slides in a beautiful pass which is well controlled by Le Fondre. The Englishman slots the ball past the keeper to make it 5-0.

What they said: Steve Corica: “I was quite happy with the win especially with our strikers getting a few goals amongst themselves.”

“We want to be involved in this tournament. We want to be there with the best teams in Asia and I’m glad we have qualified.”

“It is a tough group that we have been drawn into. We’ve become used to playing these teams. We faced Jeonbuk and Yokohama not too long ago so we know how good they are and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

Match Report

Sydney FC have cruised into the Group Stage of the AFC Champions League after a comprehensive 5-0 win over Kaya FC at Jubilee Stadium.

Sydney FC put Kaya on the back foot from the kick-off with Max Burgess, Kosta Barbarouses and Trent Buhagiar linking up well in the final third to test the Kaya goalkeeper.

Buhagiar was rewarded for his persistence when he slotted home Sydney FC’s opener.

Kaya held on for the remainder of the first half but soon found themselves fall behind further when Bobô struck twice in the space of a couple of minutes.

Sydney FC continued to press and Adam Le Fondre headed home from Amini’s corner to make it 4-0 after only entering the field as a substitute.

Le Fondre rounded out the win for Sydney when a well-placed ball from Patrick Wood found the striker who coolly tucked it away to seal the win.

Sydney FC: 1. Andrew REDMAYNE, 3. Ben WARLAND, 4. Alex WILKINSON ©, 5. Connor O’TOOLE, 6. Mustafa AMINI, 8. Paulo RETRE (32. Patrick YAZBEK 61’), 9. BOBÔ (14. Adam LE FONDRE 69’), 11. Kosta BARBAROUSES (31. Adrian SEGECIC 61’), 12. Trent BUHAGIAR (33. Pat WOOD 69’), 22. Max BURGESS (21. Harry VAN DER SAAG 61’), 23. Rhyan GRANT

Unused Subs: 20. Tom HEWARD-BELLE (GK), 2. James DONACHIE, 24. Corey HOLLMAN, 25. Callum TALBOT, 36. Jaiden KURCHARSKI.

Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None.

Kaya FC: 1.  Zach BANZON, 6. Oskari JOHANNES KEKKONEN, 7. Hervas BEDIC ©, 8. Jesse CURRAN, 9. Eric GIGANTO, 12. Vincent DIANO, 17. Robert LOPEZ MENDY, 19. Carlyle MITCHELL, 20. DAIZO, 22. Fitch ARBOLEDA, 44. Audie MENZI.

Subs: 5. Camelo TACUSALME, 10. Abuloc AMITA, 13. Jesus MELLIZA, 18. Javier GAYOSO, 21. Sandro MIGUEL REYES, 27. Shirmar FELONGCO, 31. Nathan BATA.

Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None.