Sydney players celebrate with the Cove.
Sydney players celebrate with the Cove.

Six shooters! Sydney FC juggernaut rolls on

THERE'S no need for New Year's resolutions at Sydney FC, with the club set to enter 2018 in the same scintillating form as they've spent 2017 in.

The Sky Blues ran rampant against Perth Glory at Allianz Stadium, scoring six unanswered goals, including a hat-trick to Bobo, in what was a supreme display of football.

But the result came as no surprise to coach Graham Arnold, who all through the week had predicted his team would win 6-0 and even went so far as writing it on the board before the game.

Bobo has scored six goals in two matches.
Bobo has scored six goals in two matches.

"I'm not being arrogant or anything, but I challenged the boys this week and I kept saying to them this week that we will win 6-0," Arnold said. "It's about believing it. The boys believed it and I thought it was a fantastic performance.

"We had threatened to do that, even more so in the last few weeks. It's about belief and believing in what we have. You see now the players are getting more used to each other, there's more cohesion and we were much more clinical."

Jordy Buijs and David Carney celebrate with Bobo.
Jordy Buijs and David Carney celebrate with Bobo.

Brandon O'Neill, Adrian Mierzejewksi and Alex Brosque all got on the scoresheet, but it was Mierzejewksi and Bobo who shone. The Polish winger scored his sixth in six games, while Bobo scored back-to-back hat-tricks to take his tally to 13 for the season after he scored three against Wellington Phoenix last weekend.

The match just couldn't end quickly enough for Perth, who won't want to return to Sydney anytime soon.

As the result would suggest, there were plenty of other positives including Ninkovic returning to form and a decent crowd of just over 13,000 there to take it all in. It's still fewer than this brilliant Sydney team deserve, but it will hopefully set a new trend for the year. Who wouldn't want to catch a glimpse of this Sydney team, who are unbeaten in 23 games at home?

 

 

 

But it didn't go all Sydney's way from the opening minute, with the home side pegged back for much of the first half by a Glory side who dominated possession and created the bulk of chances. But that all changed when Sydney, against the run of play and on the counter, carved through Perth to score the game's opener in the 21st minute. It was a glorious move, started by Brosque in his own half who unleashed Mierzejewski after winning the ball. The Polish star then played in Ninkovic who, selflessly, squared the ball to O'Neill in the box, leaving the midfielder with the easiest of tap-ins. It was only Sydney's second real chance of the game, but such is their quality that they made no mistake taking it. And none would have appreciated the gift more than O'Neill who scored against his former club after making a lung-busting run down the field.

All of a sudden the Glory were frantically defending, with Bobo, Josh Brillante and Ninkovic all peppering Liam Reddy's goal.

Sydney thought they had their second 10 minutes into the second half when Mierzejewski rounded Reddy to tap home, but the VAR - fortunately with far less controversy than we've seen in the past - correctly ruled for off-side and the goal was scratched out.

Perth keeper Liam Reddy argues with referee Jonathan Barreiro.
Perth keeper Liam Reddy argues with referee Jonathan Barreiro.

But there was nothing the VAR or Perth could have done just three minutes later, when Mierzejewski curled the ball into the net via a deflection off Alex Grant to score his sixth goal in six games. Despite the Glory's efforts, Sydney began to run rampant when Brosque added a third with a diving header that he brilliantly flicked past Reddy.

Perth heads dropped and they stayed down when Bobo scored from the spot after the Brazilian was brought down by Jacob Poscoliero and there was no escape for the visitors when the floodgates opened.



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