Sydney splits points in six goal thriller

Sydney FC's young-guns have extended their lead at the top of the National Youth League ladder to 10-points after scoring a thrilling 3-all draw with Adelaide United on Saturday at Hindmarsh Stadium.

For the first time in 13 matches Sydney FC-s National Youth League team has been forced to share the points, with the Sky Blue young-guns playing out a thrilling 3-all draw with Adelaide United today at Hindmarsh Stadium.

Sydney striker, Chris Payne set the tone for what would be a blistering first half, opening the scoring after only four minutes, before a fifteen minute blitz from the home side saw it claim a comfortable 3-1 advantage inside the first half-hour.

Returning from senior duty, defender Antony Golec continued the scoring spree and narrowed the gap to one just before the break, and when Payne claimed his second shortly after the restart the scores were level and the stage was set for a thrilling finish to the round-15 encounter.

Goal-keeper, Vedran Janjetovic was the hero for Sydney with 17 minutes remaining, denying the Reds their second penalty of the game with a great save against Matthew Mullen.

Both sides had opportunities to claim all three points in the closing stages but neither could find the net and the enthralling match finished all even.

Sydney will be searching for its 11th win of the season when it faces off against its closest rivals, the Queensland Roar in two weeks time at Suncorp Stadium.

Click here to read a full match report on the Youth League page of the Hyundai A-League website.

Match Detail

Adelaide United 3 (Paul Agostino 14-, Michael Marrone 22-, Matthew Mullen 29-P) Sydney FC 3 (Chris Payne 4-/49-, Antony Golec 34-)

Adelaide United: Matthew NASH (gk) (OA), Paul AGOSTINO (OA), Joel ALLWRIGHT, Angelo COSTANZO (OA), Osama MALIK, Michael MARRONE, Francesco MONTEROSSO (Angelo ARAMBATSIS 60-), Matthew MULLEN (Francesco MONTEROSSO 78-), Alex SUNASKY (c) (Andrew CIARLA 55-), Michael VALKANIS (OA), Scott WEIDENBACH (Michael Doyle 53-).

Substitutes not used: Lucas ANDREUCCI (gk).

Yellow Cards: Angelo Costanzo 64-. Red Cards: nil. Goals: Paul Agostino 14-, Michael Marrone 22-, Matthew Mullen 29-P.

Sydney FC: Vedran JANJETOVIC (gk), Luke AUSTIN, Adam BIDDLE (Matthew HALL 61-), Zach CAIRNCROSS, Simon COLOSIMO (OA) (Steven LUSTICA 60-), Anthony GOLEC, Ibrahim HAYDAR, Robbie MILESKI (Nik TSATTALIOS 61-), Sam MUNRO, Chris PAYNE, Chris TRIANTIS (c).

Substitutes not used: nil.

Yellow Cards: Robbie Mileski 28-, Zach Cairncross 73-. Red Cards: nil. Goals: Chris Payne 4-/49-, Antony Golec 34-.

Referee: Regis Queffelec.