Sydney FC kicks off Pre-Season Cup campaign with win

Sydney FC has staged a second half fight back to win its opening game of the Hyundai A-League Pre-Season cup in front of a vocal crowd at the Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

Sydney FC has staged a second half fight back to win its opening game of the Hyundai A-League Pre-Season cup in front of a vocal crowd at the Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

The sky blues lined up against the Queensland Roar and were forced to work hard just to stay in the game in the opening half.

Dutchman, Serginho Van Dijk looked dangerous throughout the first period, and gave the visitors the lead shortly after the start of the second, but Sydney responded quickly, with teenager, Chris Payne positioning himself perfectly to equalise five minutes later.

In the 57th minute Queensland was reduced to ten men when Hyuk-Su Seo was sent off for bringing Alex Brosque down on the edge of the area, and Mitchell Prentice scored what would be the winner from the free kick, blasting the dead ball opportunity into the back of the net.

Match Details

Sydney FC 1. Clint Bolton (gk), 2. Iain Fyfe, 3. Nikolas Tsattalios, 4. Simon Colosimo, 5. Mitchell Prentice, 10. Steve Corica [c] (18. Adam Casey 67-), 12. Alex Brosque, 15. Terry McFlynn (24. Ryan Walsh 74-), 16. Chris Payne, 17. Jacob Timpano, 21. Adam Biddle

Unused substitutes 20. Ivan Necevski, 25. Chris Van Leur

Unavailable 6. Tony Popovic (injury), 7. Robbie Middleby (suspension), 8. Stuart Musialik (Olyroos), 11.Brendon Santalab (injury), 19. Mark Bridge (Olyroos), 22. Mike Enfield (injury), 23. John Aloisi (injury)

Yellow Cards McFynn 17- Adam Casey 79- Simon Colosimo 86- Red Cards nil Goals Chris Payne 54- Mitchell Prentice 59-

Queensland Roar 1. Liam Reddy (gk), 2. Andrew Packer, 3. Luke Devere, 8. Massimo Murdocca, 9. Seginho Van Dijk, 10. Charlie Miller (7. Michael Zullo 62-), 13. Chris Grossman ( 12. Tahj Minnieconn 69-), 14. Ben Griffin, 15. Matthew McKay, 16. Hyuk-Su Seo,23. Tim Smits (17. Mitchell Nichols 62-)

Unused substitute 20. Griffin McMaster

Yellow Cards Andrew Packer 44- Red Cards Hyuk-Su Seo 57- Goals Serginho Van Dijk 49-

Referee Matthew Breeze Crowd 4,222