Chris Payne scored two goals in the National Youth League Match.
Two goals to Chirs Payne wasn’t enough to get Sydney FC home against Perth Glory in the National Youth League.
Perth defeated Sydney 3-2 in the A League curtain raiser at ME Bank Stadium after Dean Evans scored his first ever goal in the competition to seal the victory ten minutes from full time.
But it was a fighitng effort from Sydney, who were down two-nil inside the first 30 minutes through a double to Eugene Dadi.
Things looked grim before Payne stepped up, scoring before half-time against the run of play and again in the 64th minute.
Payne had a chance for a hat-trick with 18 minutes to go but his shot was well wide.
The match looked headed for a draw until Evans headed home what turned out to be the match winner.
Sydney would be entitled to be disappointed with the loss but they showed good composure fighitng back from a two nil deficit and will be pleased by the efforts of Payne who was a standout for the visitors.
Perth Glory 3 (Eugene DADI 20-/29-, Dean EVANS 80-)
Sydney FC 2 (Chris PAYNE 38-/64-)
Referee: David Costello
Perth Glory: Ludovic BOI, Dean EVANS, Steve HESKETH (c), Sam MITCHINSON (Joshua RISDON 75-), Alex PEARSON (gk), Ryan PEARSON, Joshua RISDON (Clayton ARNEZ 59-), Adam TAGGART, Glen TRIFIRO, Andrija JUKIC, Eugene DADI (Mario MARCINKO 46-)
Substitutes not used: Jason SALOARIS (gk)
Yellow cards: Ludovic BOI 56-
Red cards: Nil
Sydney FC: Joel CHIANESE, Antony GOLEC (c), Tim MCGOWAN (Mitchell SPEER 46-), Ray MILLER, Sam MUNRO, Chris PAYNE, Iain RAMSAY, Nenad VEKIC (gk), Sam GALLAGHER, Dimitri PETRATOS, Matthew JURMAN
Substitutes not used: Nil
Yellow cards: Ray MILLER 35-, Matthew JURMAN 42-, Nenad VEKIC 45-, Mitchell SPEER 90-+2
Red cards: Nil