Sydney FC produced a scintillating display of sllck passing, quick movement and close ball control to totally outclass Perth Glory to the tune of three goals to nil. Alex Brosque and Sasho Petrovski were the scorers in this Round Four Pre-Season Cup clash played at Wollongong's WIN Stadium on Sunday afternoon before a respectable crowd.
Brosque scored the first of his brace when he latched onto a delightful pass from David Carney. He powered down the middle of the pitch and his goal bound shot went under the advancing Perth Glory goalkeeper, Andrew Crews. He got a slight touch, which slowed the momentum of the ball and subsequently rolled slowly across the goal line before any defenders could intercept. This first goal occurred in the twenty-sixth minute.
Barely a minute had elapsed and Brosque beat the defence again after he received a superbly measured pass from Petrovski. Brosque put the ball beyond Crews reach to ram home Sydney's advantage.
In the fifty-seventh minute David Carney toyed with the defenders close to the goal line before sending a perfect cross on to the head of Petrovski, who made no mistake. By this stage Sydney was in total control of the match.
Sydney made many forays into the oppositions goal area and attacked at will with good positioning for goal scoring opportunities. Steve Corica, Mark Milligan Mark Rudan, David Carney and Petrovski all had one or more shots on target. Milligan played in midfield and was very effective in this new role.
The back four of Mark Rudan, Iain Fyfe, Alvin Ceccoli and Nikor Topor-Stanley coped with anything the Perth attack could muster. Nikor-Stanley produced a top-notch standard of play with his ball winning style and reading of the play.
Perth's closest goal scoring chance occurred when Jamie Harnwell's dipping shot caused Clint Bolton some consternation in the thirty fourth minute. He failed to take the ball cleanly on this occasion and conceded a corner. Just after the second half kick off David Micevski produced a goal scoring chance after good lead up work by Naum Sekulovski. Mark Robertson and Leo Bertos were industrious in the midfield.
However, Perth did not cope too well with the speed and touch of the opposition. They will need to regroup before the A-League season begins in late August.
Sydney FC return to WIN Stadium on Friday night for the Pre-Season Competition against Adelaide United after finishing on top of Group B.