Sydney FC Defeat Bulls 5-0 In Friendly

Sydney FC 5 (Bobô 2’, 19’, Kamsoba 55’, Le Fondre 71’, 75) Macarthur 0

Sydney FC have produced an excellent performance in their first behind closed doors friendly to defeat Macarthur FC 5-0.

A brace each for Bobô and Le Fondre plus one from Kamsoba did the damage. 

Moments That Mattered: 

BOBÔ GOAL – 2’ – Barbarouses finds the Brazilian with a cut back from the right and the Brazilian finishes inside the box.

BOBÔ CHANCE – 13’ – Barbarouses finds Bobô again but his shot from a tight angle is put out for a corner.

BURGESS SHOT – 16’ – Burgess drills a fine shot just over from 22 yards.

BOBÔ GOAL – 19’ – Under pressure from Kamsoba, Federici gets the ball trapped under his feet and can only play it to the Burundian who squares it to Bobô for a tap-in.

BARBAROUSES SHOT – 26’ – Good work Burgess running at the defence, his cross is cleared to Barbarouses who hits a shot just over on the volley.

KAMSOBA CHANCE – 37’ – Retre’s pass sends Kamsoba clear and Elvis rounds the keeper but last ditch block from a retreating defender stops a certain goal.

DA SILVA SHOT – 41’ – A long range shot from DDS is into the arms of Redmayne.

Elvis Crosses For Alfie To Score Against Bulls

KAMSOBA GOAL – 55’ – King’s ball through plays Burgess onside and the new recruit keeps his head to go around Federici and cross to Kamsoba to finish.

ALFIE PENALTY APPEAL – 68’ – Kamsoba is the only one who reacts to a ball behind the defence and he plays a cross to Alfie from the byline but he’s nudged in the back as he attempts to score.  No penalty is given.

LE FONDRE GOAL – 71’ – Barbarouses plays in the ubiquitous Kamsoba who delivers a great cross to the back post to Le Fondre. Alfie takes a touch and buries it with power.

LE FONDRE GOAL – 75’ – A perfect O’Toole cross from left finds Alfie at the back post. He takes a touch and places the ball past the keeper.

Le Fondre About To Bury His Second Goal

What They Said: Head Coach Steve Corica: “I was very pleased with the performance and fitness of the boys.

“We still have some way to go to be at our peak but what we’ve been working on in training, we put into practice in the game today.

“It was good to give some players a run and we still have the likes of Milos Ninkovic, Anthony Caceres, Trent Buhagiar, Rhyan Grant, Michael Zullo and some other young boys to come back in.”

Sydney FC were dominant in their first pre-season friendly of the season, scoring five goals and creating at least three other big chances.

Bobô opened the goalscoring in the opening minutes finishing a Barbarouses cutback inside the box.

He made it two inside 20 minutes when Kamsoba forced Federici into a mistake by closing him down quickly. The Burundian squared the ball to the Brazilian to double his tally.

Kamsoba could have made it three soon after when he went clear rounding the keeper but a last ditch out-stretched leg from Bulls defender blocked his shot on goal.

Bobo Opens The Scoring vs Bulls

He wasn’t to be denied and after Burgess went clear from King’s pass, the two new boys linked up with Burgess crossing after going around the keeper for Kamsoba to finish.

Le Fondre came on as sub in the 60th minute and scored the 4th and 5th.

The Englishman controlled and finished Kamsoba’s excellent cross in the 71st minute and then did the same again three minutes later after a fine left-wing cross from fellow substitute Connor O’Toole to the back-post.

Sydney FC: 1. Andrew REDMAYNE (20. Tom HEWARD-BELLE (GK) 45’), 3. Ben WARLAND (34. Aaron GURD 80’), 4. Alex WILKINSON (2. James DONACHIE 45’), 8. Paulo RETRE, 9. BOBÔ (14. Adam LE FONDRE 60’), 11. Kosta BARBAROUSES, 16. Joel KING (5. Connor O’TOOLE 60’), 21. Harry VAN DER SAAG, 22. Max BURGESS (28. Calem NIEUWENHOF 60’), 26. Luke BRATTAN, 27. Elvis KAMSOBA (29. Luka SMYTH 80’).

Unused Subs: 25. Corey HOLLMAN, 32. Oscar PRIESTMAN, 33. Jake GIRDWOOD-REICH.

Yellow Cards: None.

Red Cards: None.

Venue: Sydney FC Training Ground

Referee: Sam Kelly