Sydney FC Defeat The Olyroos


Sydney FC 3 (Retre 5’, Buhagiar 14’, Baumjohann 17’,) def Olyroos 0 

Sydney FC have continued their dominant pre-season campaign with a 3-0 win over the Australian under 23’s at Jubilee Stadium tonight.

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Moments That Mattered: 

  1. RETRE GOAL – 5’ – Brattan’s right wing corner falls to Ninkovic who slips the ball wide to Retre in the box who finishes with a first time right foot shot in the box.
  2. BUHAGIAR GOAL – 14’ – Grant’s right wing cross is headed home by an unmarked Buhagiar from six yards out.
  3. BAUMJOHANN GOAL – 17’ – Buhagiar wins the ball on the left hand side. He drives into the box and feeds Baumjohann who drills the ball low and hard past Glover.
  4. HEWARD-BELLE SAVE – 26’ – Tom Heward-Belle punches away a dangerous cross before saving Atkinson’s powerful rising drive.
  5. HEWARD BELLE SAVE – 59′ – Another good stop from Tom Heward-Belle, getting down low to his left to deny an Olyroos shot on the turn.
  6. ZULLO TACKLE – 60’ – A solid sliding tackle from Zullo to deny the Olyroos a sight at goal from point blank following a defensive error.
  7. ROWLES HEADER – 62’ – Rowles rises highest off a corner to head just over the bar for the Olyroos.


Sydney FC have secured a 3-0 win over the Olyroos in their final pre-season friendly before heading to Doha in Qatar to resume their AFC Champions League campaign on Saturday.

An early Paulo Retre strike got the Sky Blues underway following a Ninkovic pass, before Trent Buhagiar’s header from an inch perfect Rhyan Grant cross doubled the lead on the quarter hour.

Buhagiar turned provider three minutes later giving the ball to Alex Baumjohann to finish well inside the box.

The Olyroos mounted a comeback in the second half and had a number of chances as both sides used their substitutes.

However Tom Heward-Belle in the Sydney FC goal kept his young Australian colleagues at bay and the final scoreline remained at 3-0.


What They Said:

Steve Corica On The Performance:- “I think we were very clinical in that first 15-20 minutes, we played some very good stuff.

“I’m happy, I think we can be better of course, it was a good test for us and the last hit out before we leave for Champions League.

“We’ve got clearance to go to Qatar now. It’s about mentally preparing. It’s a good competition and good preparation for our A-League season.

Corica On Ryan McGowan:- “Ryan has tested positive for Covid-19, so will remain in Scotland where he is currently self-isolating.

“He’ll be tested again shortly and will hopefully make a recovery in time to meet up with the boys later in Qatar.”

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Sydney FC: 20. Tom HEWARD-BELLE (GK), 2. Patrick FLOTTMANN, 4. Alex WILKINSON, 5. Alexander BAUMJOHANN (17. Anthony CACERES 63’), 7. Michael ZULLO (21. Harry Van Der SAAG 78’), 8. Paulo RETRE (28. Calem NIEUWENHOF 63’), 10. Milos NINKOVIC (19. Chris ZUVELA 83’), 11. Kosta BARBAROUSES, 12. Trent BUHAGIAR (33. Patrick WOOD 77’), 23. Rhyan GRANT, 26. Luke BRATTAN.

Subs: 30. Adam PAVLESIC (GK), 40. Levi KAYE (GK), 27. Jordi SWIBEL.

Yellow Cards: 

Red Cards: None.

Olyroos: 1. Tom GLOVER (GK), 2. Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS (4. Josh LAWS 86’), 6. Lachlan WALES (13. Luke IVANOVIC 63’), 10. Denis GENREAU (8. Connor METCALFE 63’), 14. Brandon WILSON (2. John KOUTROUMBIS 73’), 16. Ramy NAJJARINE (7. Cameron DEVLIN 73’), 17. Keanu BACCUS, 19. Daniel BOUMAN, 20. Nathaniel ATKINSON (26. Tate RUSSELL 63’), 21. Kye ROWLES (24. Jordan O’ DOHERTY 73’), 22. Joel KING (3. Connor O’TOOLE 86’).

Subs:  12. Adam PEARCE (GK), 18. Nicholas SORRAS (GK), 9. Angus THURGATE, 11. Reno PISCOPO, 25. Aiden O’NEILL.

Yellow Cards: 

Red Cards: None. 

Ground: Jubilee Stadium

Referee: Tim Danaskos