Three Wins In Seven Days For The Sky Blues


Sydney FC 3 (Carney 8’, Mierzejewski 15’, Ryall 79’) def. Brisbane Roar 1 (Hingert 93’)


Hyundai A-League Champions Sydney FC have recorded their third win in seven days with a 3-1 demolition of Brisbane Roar to take them back to the top of the A-League ladder.

Goals from David Carney, Adrian Mierzejewski and Seb Ryall did the damage as the Sky Blues cruised home, despite a late Roar consolation.

Striker Matt Simon and Brisbane centre half Avram Papadoulous were both controversially sent off in the second half following a VAR review in which the Greek defender spat at the forward.


What They Said

Graham Arnold: “I keep saying that we’re the fittest team in the country and we’ve got legs.

“The boys do a remarkable job, that’s 300 minutes this week at full gas.

“I thought Seb Ryall was outstanding tonight, Luke Wilkshire filled that left back role well for us, it’s a great thing for the group.

“Everyone expected us to be tired tonight, but the professionalism of the players is first class and I’ve got great staff to help with that recovery.

“We’ve got a very great group and a very happy culture at the club.”


8’ CARNEY GOAL – Mierzejewski plays the ball into Simon with his back to goal, he flicks it through the legs of his marker to Carney who suddenly finds acres of space and he beats Young with a left foot shot.

15’ MIERZEJEWSKI PENALTY GOAL – Pepper handball in the box and a spot kick is awarded.  Mierzejewski steps up and blasts it straight and into the roof of the net.

79’ RYALL GOAL – Sydney FC win a free kick wide on the left. Buijs curls a perfect ball into the goal mouth for Ryall who arrives unmarked to head home.

90’+3’ HINGERT GOAL – Hingert’s deflected shot takes the ball past Redmayne for a late Brisbane consolation.


Key Moments

28’ MIERZEJEWSKI RABONA – Adrian Mierzejewski with an audacious rabona cross into the area cleared away. Neat skill!!

28’ CARNEY HEADER WIDE – Mierzejewski hooks a ball towards the far post and finds Carney but he can’t steer his header on target.

41’ BAUTHEAC CHANCE – Hingert crosses from the right and Bautheac gets a right foot on it but can only guide it wide.

45’+2’ BROSQUE CHANCE – Brillante ball over the top puts Brosque in the clear, he beats the attentions of Papadopoulos but Young closes down the angle well to save.

48’ MACCARONE GOAL DISALLOWED –  A Brisbane free kick is chipped towards the Sky Blues box and lands at the feet of Maccarone but he is flagged offside.

72’ PAPADOPOULOS & SIMON SENT OFF – The Brisbane centre half and Simon clash after which the Greek spits at the striker. Incensed Simon grabs his shirt and the defender falls to the ground clutching his face. After consulting the VAR the referee send both off.

82’ KALIK CHANCE – Kalik races clear on the left edge of the box cuts back inside beating his defender before taking a shot which Young saves at point blank range.

Team News

Sydney FC 3 (Carney 8’, Mierzejewski 15’, Ryall 79’) def. Brisbane Roar 1 (Hingert 93’)

Head Coach Graham Arnold made a number of changes to the starting line-up on the back of Sydney FC’s FFA Cup Championship win on Tuesday night.  Milos Ninkovic and Michael Zullo both miss out with knocks received during the win. They are replaced by David Carney and Seb Ryall respectively with the latter at right back and Luke Wilkshire switching to the left full back role.  Matt Simon starts up front with Bobô moved to the bench following his exertions of three games in a week.  Paulo Retre and Chris Zuvela also come onto the bench alongside Andrew Redmayne and Anthony Kalik.

Ground: Allianz Stadium

Attendance: 10,044

Referee: Alex King

Sydney FC: 1. Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), 4. Andrew WILKINSON, 5. Jordy BUIJS, 6. Joshua BRILLANTE, 11. Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI (16. Anthony KALIK 68’), 13. Brandon O’NEILL (8. Paulo RETRE 94’), 14. Alex BROSQUE (9. BOBÔ 85’), 17. David CARNEY, 18. Matt SIMON, 22. Seb RYALL, 26. Luke WILKSHIRE.

Subs Not Used: 30. Tom HEWARD-BELLE (GK), 19. Chris ZUVELA.

Yellow Cards: O’Neill 51’.

Red Cards: Simon 79’.

Brisbane Roar: 21. Jamie YOUNG (gk), 6. Avram PAPADOPOULOS, 8. Jacob PEPPER, 9. Massimo MACCARONE, 10. Brett HOLMAN, 14. Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH (26. Nick D’AGOSTINO 82’), 17. Matt MCKAY (c), 18. Joe CALETTI (16. Mitchell OXBORROW 86’), 19. Jack HINGERT, 22. Eric BAUTHEAC, 24. Connor O’TOOLE (77. Ivan FRANJIC 86’).

Subs Not Used: 31. Brendan WHITE (gk), 2. Dane INGHAM.

Yellow Card(s): Oxborrow 90’.

Red Card(s): Papadoulous 75’.


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