Marconi Stallions 0 – Sydney FC 3 (Swibel 10′, 38′, Wood 90′)
Sydney FC have finished their season in winning fashion after they cruised to a one-sided 3-0 victory against a listless Marconi Stallions at Marconi Stadium on Friday.
It was a bittersweet victory for the Young Sky Blues after Sydney United’s big win in Friday’s late match meant Jim van Weeran’s side would narrowly miss out on a maiden finals berth finishing the season in fifth place.
Sydney made a fast start to the contest and were rewarded for their early endeavour when Jordi Swibel fired past the keeper after some questionable defending from the home side.
The visitors made two big stops midway through the half to deny Marconi an equaliser.
In the 25th minute an Anthony Frangie volley was blocked on the line by some desperation defending, before Nathan Milgate’s effort in the 27th minute hit the post before being cleared to safety.
Marconi’s defensive frailties were punished again in the 38th minute when Swibel tapped home from close range after being left unmarked to send the visitors ahead 2-0 at the interval.
The Young Sky Blues came out of the break with increased energy and began to take over the contest creating several chances during the early exchanges of the half.
Patrick Wood, looking to clinch the Golden Boot award for top goalscorer, missed three big chances to score during the second stanza and it looked as if he would not add to his tally of 10 goals for the campaign.
However, as all good goalscorers do, Wood found the back of the net in the final minute of the match to claim his 11th goal of the season and finish the league campaign as the competition’s most prolific scorer.