100% Sydney FC Top Of Hyundai A-League

Sydney FC continued their 100% record in the Hyundai A-League this season with a third consecutive win in the competition to remain top of the ladder.

Sydney FC 1 (Ninkovic 92’) def. Wellington Phoenix 0

Milos Ninkovic struck late on against a gallant Wellington Phoenix to secure the three points, latching onto a Matt Simon downward header.

The Sky Blues have a record of 20 goals with none conceded in all seven competitive games so far this season.

What They Said

Graham Arnold: “For me it was a fantastic effort victory by our boys.  I think we showed our fitness is very high.  The second half we ran over the top of them.

“I felt there was only one team that looked like winning in the last twenty minutes and that was us.

“We had some good chances and they had some good chance and Danny Vukovic made some good saves when we needed.

“Overall I think that it was a good effort from us after the week we’ve had.”

Arnold applauding the fans

Goals

92’ NINKOVIC GOAL – Zullo swings the ball in from the left to Simon who plays a superb header back across the goal to Ninkovic for a cool left foot finish.

 

Key Moments

4' ZULLO TACKLE – Fantastic intervention from Zullo as he gets a foot in with Barbarouses ready to shoot.

5' JURMAN CLEARANCE - Krishna breaks forward causing problems and it's @mjurman5 who clears this time.

14' MCGLINCHEY GOAL DISALLOWED - McGlinchey taps it into the net off a neat low cross but it's ruled out for offside.

23' CARNEY HEADER - Brillante floats a ball into the area and Carney directs a header at goal but Moss claims it.

26’ VUKOVIC SAVE – Krishna fires in a snap shot which Vukovic is down low to save.

33’ CARNEY SHOT SAVED – Fabulous ball from Jurman with his right foot releases Carney on goal but his well hit shot is pushed over the bar by Moss.

36’ FANTASTIC VUKOVIC SAVE – Doyle meets a right wing Phoenix corner with his head and Vukovic reacts quickly to push the header onto the post and behind.

42’ KRISHNA OFFSIDE – Krishna gets beyond the Sydney FC backline but play stops as he is called offside before he puts the ball into the empty net.

56’ HOLOSKO SHOT - After a clever free kick, Carney chips the ball to the far post from the left and Holosko shoots on goal but the ball takes a deflection and goes behind.

77’ SIMON HEADER – Ninkovic makes space and stands a cross up for Simon at the back post but his downward header is gathered by Moss.

77’ CARNEY SHOOTS JUST WIDE – Carney receives the ball on the left hand side of the box, turns inside and curls a shot inches wide of the post.

Players celebrate the win

Team News

Sydney FC 1 (Ninkovic 92’) def. Wellington Phoenix 0

Head Coach Graham Arnold kept the same side which defeated Central Coast Mariners 4-0 eight days earlier.

Ground: Westpac Stadium

Referee: Kurt Ams

Attendance: 7,365.

 

Sydney FC:  20. Danny VUKOVIC (gk), 4. Alex WILKINSON, 5. Matt JURMAN (c), 6. Joshua BRILLANTE, 7. Michael ZULLO, 9. BOBÔ (18. Matt SIMON 71’), 10. Milos NINKOVIC, 13. Brandon O’NEILL, 17. David CARNEY, 21. Filip HOLOSKO (14. Alex BROSQUE 61’), 23. Rhyan GRANT.

Subs not used: 1. Vedran JANJETOVIC (gk), 8. Milos DIMITRIJEVIC, 22. Sebastian RYALL.

Yellow cards: Grant 38’, Jurman 43’, O’Neill 62’,

Red cards: None.

 

Wellington Phoenix: 1.Glen MOSS (gk), 2.Jacob TRATT, 4.Roly BONEVACIA, 7.Gui FINKLER, 9.Kosta BARBAROUSES (23.Matthew RIDENTON 91’), 10.Michael MCGLINCHEY, 13.Marco ROSSI, 17.Vince LIA, 19.Tom DOYLE (12.Adam PARKHOUSE 45’), 21.Roy KRISHNA, 22.Andrew DURANTE (c).

Subs not used: 20.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 11.Hamish WATSON, 14.Alex RUFER.

Yellow cards: McGlinchey 88’.

Red cards: None.