Sydney FC still in the game

SYDNEY FC maintained their play-off aspirations with a 1-0 win over a lacklustre Melbourne Victory, who saw their faint play-off hopes extinguished.

The Sky Blues, in front a season high crowd of 18,180 at the newly-christened Allianz Stadium - formerly Sydney Football Stadium - produced one of their better performances of the season despite the slim winning margin.

The match immediately settled into a good tempo producing a number of half openings, the best of which saw Sydney FC goalkeeper Ivan Necevski quickly out to smother Archie Thompson who had been released by a short James Jeggo pass behind the defence.

It was to prove a false dawn for Victory and Sydney's Joel Chianese soon had an even better opening, but after evading two defenders he could not beat the advancing Ante Covic.

Midway through the half, Karol Kisel latched onto a loose ball in the penalty area and his shot seemed certain to ripple the net only for Mark Milligan to appear from nowhere and make a miraculous goal-line clearance.

Read the full match report at the Hyundai A-League website.



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