Ten Away Wins In A Row For Sydney FC

Sydney FC have extended their record on their travels with a tenth consecutive regular season away win against the Central Coast Mariners.

Sydney FC 3 (Smeltz 35’, Simon 81’, 88’) def. Central Coast Mariners 1 (O’Donovan 37’)

Striker Matt Simon struck twice in the last ten minutes to secure the 3-1 win against the club he had served for nine years prior to joining Sydney FC.

Shane Smeltz had opened the scoring for the Sky Blues before Roy O’Donovan equalised two minutes later in the first half.

The Mariners were reduced to ten men following a second yellow card for Nick Fitzgerald at Central Coast Stadium.

Sydney FC are now 17 games undefeated on the road in the regular season.

 

What They Said

Graham Arnold : “The one thing we didn’t want to get involved in tonight was the chaotic style the Mariners play with but they dragged us into it in the first half.  Overall I’m happy because it’s hard against ten men but the tactical change worked bringing on Mickael Tavares, Matt Simon and Andrew Hoole.  

“I’ve got a lot of time for Mattty, he’s a wonderful person and he’s a pain in the arse to play against.  He showed tonight how technically good he is also.  He has a record of one goal in every three games and if he can keep that up for us this season I’ll be more than happy.”

Goals

35’ SMELTZ GOAL - Holosko backheels the ball to Brosque from a Ryall throw in.  He passes to Smeltz who is free in the box to slot home.

37’ O’DONOVAN GOAL - Ferreria makes a run on the right into the box and cuts it back to O'Donovan to finish

81’ SIMON GOAL – Holosko makes a break and his pace takes him one on one with the Central Coast defence, he passes square to Simon who takes a touch and launches it into the top corner.

88’ SIMON GOAL – Tavares combines with Faty and makes a fantastic surge forward before hitting a superb cross to the head of Matt Simon who buries it.

 

Key Moments

19’ O’DONOVAN SHOOTS OVER – Central Coast Mariners striker Roy O’Donovan is set free on goal by Ferriera but blasts his shot over.

38’ PENALTY CLAIMS WAVED AWAY - Janjetovic dives at the feet of O'Donovan to make a save and claim the ball - claims for  a pen waved .away.

41’ RED CARD FITZGERALD - Fitzgerald for Central Coast given a second yellow for having taken out Dimitrijevic with a challenge.

Sydney FC Celebrate

Team News

Sydney FC 3 (Smeltz 35’, Simon 81’, 88’) def. Central Coast Mariners 1 (O’Donovan 37’)

Sydney FC Head Coach Graham Arnold replaced Milos Ninkovic with Christopher Naumoff with the Serbian suffering a slight calf complaint. Bench remained the same.

Attendance: 10,030

Ground: Central Coast Stadium  

Referee: Adam Fielding

Sydney FC:   1. Vedran JANJETOVIC 2. Seb RYALL, 5. Matt JURMAN, 8. Milos DIMITRIJEVIC (27. Mickael TAVARES 45’), 9. Shane SMELTZ, 11. Christopher NAUMOFF (18. Matt SIMON 58’) 13. Brandon O’NEILL (7. Andrew HOOLE 58’), 14. Alex BROSQUE, 19. Jacques FATY, 21. Filip HOLOSKO, 23. Rhyan GRANT.

Subs not used: 20. Ivan NECEVSKI, 3. Alex GERSBACH.

Yellow cards: O‘Neill 21’, Holosko 25’, Grant 60’.

Red cards: None

 

Central Coast Mariners FC : 1.Paul IZZO (gk), 2.Storm ROUX, 3.Josh ROSE (6.Mitch AUSTIN 47’), 4.Jacob POSCOLIERO (21.Michael NEILL 67’), 7.Fabio FERREIRA, 8.Nick MONTGOMERY (C), 9.Roy O’DONOVAN, 10.Anthony CACERES (20.Anthony KALIK 77’), 11.Nick FITZGERALD, 16.Liam ROSE, 22.Jake McGING,

Subs not used: 5.Harry ASCROFT, 14.Daniel HEFFERNAN, 23.Eddy BOSNAR, 30.Adam PEARCE (GK)

Yellow cards: Montgomery 14’, Fitzgerald 40’, Poscoliero 47’, Neill 67, Austin 90‘.

Red cards: Fitzgerald 41’.

 

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