Sydney FC defender Seb Ryall is confident the Sky Blues’ big Boxing Day win over Central Coast can be the catalyst of a goal-scoring glut for the side.
The Sky Blues gave their fans the perfect late Christmas present, cruising to a 4-1 win over a 10-man Mariners outfit at Allianz Stadium.
It’s not just the much-needed three points which will please coach Graham Arnold but also the goals, which have been hard to come by for the Sky Blues in season 2015/16.
In 11 previous games before Saturday night, they had managed just 11 goals.
While two of Sydney’s goals came via penalties, the home carved out a host of opportunities and also hit the woodwork on a couple of occasions against the hapless Mariners.
“We’re very happy with the performance and obviously the win and the goals,” Ryall told ABC Radio post-match.
“Over the season you get some luck and you also get some luck against you. Tonight we obvious got the luck.
“But we’re very relieved to get the win…collectively we’re improving. We just want to keep on improving and scoring goals. Tonight was a good way to start that off.”
Sydney made an ideal start, taking the lead inside 12 minutes via skipper Alex Brosque, before the same man doubled the lead soon after from the penalty spot.
While Brosque was then forced off soon after with a recurrence of a hamstring problem, it didn’t slow the Sky Blues down.
Another penalty – and red card to Mariners gloveman Paul Izzo – made it 3-0 and the contest was over inside half an hour.
“We sat back and allowed them [the Mariners] to come forward but we always had the belief that once we got on the ball, we moved it properly we’d always be dangerous and we’d score more goals,” midfielder Brandon O’Neill said.
“We got four tonight, we could have had more and now we look forward to next week [against Melbourne City].
“They are playing some good football but we want to go over there and take the points off them that’s for sure. It’s a game we’re all looking forward to.”