Sydney FC Denied Keeping Heroics

Sydney FC have had to settle for a share of the spoils with Wellington Phoenix in a 1-1 draw after Nix keeper Oliver Sail pulled off a number of fine saves to keep the Sky Blues at bay at Leichhardt Oval.

Sydney FC 1 (Bobô 67’) drew w. Wellington Phoenix 1 (Ball 43’)

Moments That Mattered: 

AMINI SHOT – 19’ – Amini rifles a low shot which Sail parries away.

AMINI CHANCE – 22’ – Mustafa plays a one-two with Le Fondre on the edge of the box and hits a shot low which Sail saves.

BURGESS HITS POST – 26’ – Burgess picks the ball up on the edge of the box, makes space and drills a shot off the left hand upright.

OFF THE LINE – 38’ – A nice bit of link up play between Kamsoba and Ninkovic ends with the latter slotting the ball beyond Sail but Sam Sutton is there to clear off the line.

BALL GOAL – 43’ – David Ball turns in the box and blasts one home.

BOBÔ GOAL – 67’ – Grant crosses the ball to Bobô who volleys home.

BOBÔ HEADER SAVED – 77’ – A cross from the left is headed goalwards by Bobô and Sail claws it away.

BOBÔ SHOT SAVED – 90’ – Bobô flicks a shot towards goal from a right wing cross and it’s heading towards the bottom corner before Sail gets his finger tips to it to turn it around the post.

Bobô celebrates his equaliser with Milos Ninkovic

What They Said: Steve Corica: “We’re disappointed we didn’t get the three points.  I think we deserved them, we created a lot of chances and the keeper made about seven saves.

“I’m pretty sure the keeper would have got man of the match because we kept coming which was very positive and the way we went about creating chances was fantastic.

“A little bit more composure in front of goals and we win that game and take the three points.”

Match Report

Sydney FC had to settle for a point against Wellington Phoenix after Oliver Sail produced a number of fine saves in the Nix goal to keep the Sky Blues at bay.

The Kiwi’s took the lead just before half time when David Ball got clear in the box and turned to shoot.

It came against the run of play after Max Burgess had hit the post and Milos Ninkovic had a shot cleared off the line.

Brazilian striker Bobô struck the equalizer midway through the second half when he finished off a Rhyan Grant right wing cross.

The frontman had a number of other efforts saved by Sail, particularly one in the dying stages as the Nix held on for a draw.

Mustafa Amini is brought down by Clayton Lewis of Phoenix

Sydney FC: 1. Andrew REDMAYNE, 2. James DONACHIE, 4. Alex WILKINSON, 5. Connor O’TOOLE, 6. Mustafa AMINI (21. Harry VAN DER SAAG 75’), 10. Milos NINKOVIC (11. Kosta BARBAROUSES, 75’), 14. Adam LE FONDRE (9. BOBÔ 60’), 17. Anthony CACERES, 22. Max BURGESS, 23. Rhyan GRANT, 27. Elvis KAMSOBA.

Unused Subs: 20. Tom HEWARD-BELLE (GK), 3. Ben WARLAND, 25. Callum TALBOT, 33. Pat WOOD.

Yellow Cards: Kamsoba 46’, Amini 74’, Caceres 78’.

Red Cards: None.

Wellington Phoenix: 20. Oli SAIL, 4. Scott WOOTON, 6. Tim PAYNE, 7. Gael SANDOVAL, 9. David BALL (88. Gary HOOPER 91’), 10. Reno PISCOPO (8. Ben OLD 74’) , 11. Jaushua SOTIRIO © (18. Ben WAINE 61’), 14. Alex RUFER, 19. Sam SUTTON, 21. Joshua LAWS (16. Louis FENTON 61’), 23. Clayton LEWIS.

Unused Subs: 40. Alex PAULSEN, 13. Nicholas PENNINGTON, 43. Oskar van HATTUM.

Yellow Cards: Sandoval 40’, Laws 46’.

Red Cards: None.

Venue: Leichhardt Oval

Referee: Jack Morgan.