Sydney FC 0-1 Melbourne Heart
Last year’s double-winning side Sydney FC have only a mathematical chance of making this year’s finals after losing 1-0 at home to Melbourne Heart at the Sydney Football Stadium this evening.
It was Sydney’s fourth straight loss and they are bottom of the A-League ladder, level on 18 points with second-last North Queensland Fury.
The Heart, with back-to-back wins, are now in fifth spot and a point ahead of sixth-placed city rivals, Melbourne Victory.
The only goal of the game came 4 minutes from the end and involved two of Melbourne Heart’s substitutes.
Gerald Sibon dispossessed Sydney captain Terry McFlynn and played the ball into the box for substitute Adrian Zahra, whose first touch was excellent, enabling him to score with the outside of the right foot with his second touch. Hayden Foxe had been cut out of the action by Sibon’s pass, while Bun Sung-Hwan was unable to recover on the right and tackle Zahra.
Sydney badly missed Alex Brosque and Stuart Musialik. Foxe returned at centre-back in place of Sebastian Ryall, who was on the bench, while Nick Carle came on as a substitute after finally recovering from injury.
The Heart were well served by Matt Thompson, while Sibon, Zahra and Michael Beauchamp all started on the bench.
Sydney FC: Reddy - Cole, Keller, Foxe, Sung-Hwan - Petratos, McFlynn, Jamieson (Carle 60) - Bridge, Moriyasu, Cazarine (Danning 75) (Subs not used: Ryall, Necevski)
Melbourne Heart: Bolton - Marrone, Colosimo, Thompson, Behich - Kalmar (Beauchamp 66), Srhoj, Skoko - Hoffman, Aloisi (Sibon 58), Worm (Zahra 77) (Sub not used: Zois)
Goals: Zahra 86
Ref: B Williams