Sydney FC’s finals hopes took a big hit as they were humbled by a comprehensive performance from Wellington Phoenix. The New Zealand side dominated most of the match and cruised to a simple 3-1 victory to keep Sydney out of the top six.
The match started well, with the two sides trading chances in the early going, with Shane Smeltz looking dangerous for Sydney FC. Wellington Phoenix’s main man in the early going was Blake Powell and it was Powell who found the opening goal.
In the 12th minute, Powell’s goal came, after some good work from Michael McGlinchey out wide, allowed him to get a cross away. That cross was perfectly placed for Powell, who was able to turn well and bury the chance easily.
It took just one minute for Wellington to double their lead as they quickly recovered possession, which allowed the chance. Roly Bonevacia sent a ball through for Hamish Watson, who easily curled the ball past Vedran Janjetovic.
That quieted down the Sydney crowd, after such a shocking start from their team and things got even worse for Sydney in the 24th minute. Milos Ninkovic was forced from the field due to an injury which brought Filip Holsko on to the park.
David Carney was trying to spark things for Sydney FC as they were determined to try and get back to the match. But he was unable to make things happen, as his attempted assists were too often cut out by Wellington Phoenix.
Wellington was able to make it three in the 37th minute as Wellington’s pressure finally got them another goal. Again the assist came through McGlinchey who sent in a ball for Watson who couldn’t hit it well, but the ball fell to an open Bonevacia who easily buried it to make it 3-0 at half-time.
Sydney FC cleared the bench to launch the second half of the match as Jacques Faty and Miguel Tavares came off the bench. That was an attempt from Sydney to get back in to the match, but took a risk of them not being able to make any more subs.
The changes worked as Sydney FC started the second half well and they pulled a goal back six minutes in to the half. Robert Stambolziev sent in a cross, which Glen Moss could only get a slight hand to, which left Holsko with a simple finish after coming on at half-time, to pull Sydney back in to the match.
Sydney was looking the more likely side in the second half, as they had the bulk of the possession against Wellington. Despite that they struggled, and with no substitutions remaining, they tired late, giving Wellington the win.