Stylish Sydney FC prove too good for City
Andrew Redmayne has produced another stunning penalty save to ensure Sydney FC have recorded a crucial a 2-0 win against Melbourne City on Sunday afternoon.
With just over 10 minutes left City looked on course to draw level after they were awarded a penalty for a tug of the shirt by Milos Ninkovic on Bart Schenkeveld.
But just like he did against Wellington Phoenix last month, Redmayne produced a sublime stop from Riley McGree’s penalty to preserve Sydney FC’s 1-0 lead.
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Just minutes later Adam Le Fondre put the icing on the cake with a second goal to give the Sky Blues a fifth successive win at Jubilee Stadium.
Earlier, teenager Luke Ivanovic marked his starting debut with a goal to give Sydney FC the perfect start.
While the Sky Blues remain right in the hunt for another Premiership, City has now lost three away games in a row and end the round in fifth spot.
It took just nine minutes for Ivanovic to make his mark on the match.
Milos Ninkovic was the architect, playing a perfect pass into the feet of the youngster just inside the box, with Ivanovic showing great composure to control and then slot it past Eugene Galekovic.
Unfortunately, Ivanovic’s afternoon ended after just 30 minutes due to an injury, replaced by new signing Mitch Austin for his first game for the club.
The setback didn’t slow the Sky Blues down as they continued to dominate, almost doubling their lead before the break.
The returning Rhyan Grant was picked out in the box and he centred to Paulo Retre who produced a classy back-heel flick which hit the post and into the hands of Galekovic.
Things started to open up after the break with City’s Lachlan Wales and Retre both blazing over the bar at opposite ends within 10 minutes of the restart.
Riley McGree forced a stunning save from Andrew Redmayne soon after before Austin put in his nomination for the miss of the season.
After Adam Le Fondre wriggled free of a couple of defenders and forced Galekovic to parry his shot into the path of Austin, the winger had an open goal to put the ball into but could only hit the post.
Austin will be thankful Redmayne spared his blushes with his penalty save soon after before Le Fondre ended his mini goal drought with the match-sealer four minutes from time.
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