Sunday, February 7, 2010

Sydney FC move into second place with win over Glory

Two goals by marquee player John Aloisi powered Sydney FC to a 3-2 win over Perth Glory at Parramatta Stadium in Sydney this afternoon.

The win put Sydney into second place on the A-League ladder, two points adrift of leaders Melbourne Victory and one ahead of third-ranked Gold Coast United.

Perth Glory stayed fourth with one round remaining.

Steve Corica put Sydney ahead from a 24th-minute penalty after Todd Howarth was adjudged to have brought down Shannon Cole.

The fourth official signalled one minute of stoppage time at the end of the half, but it was after 46 minutes and 45 seconds that Wayne Srhoj volleyed a left-footed equaliser from 19 metres after Sydney failed to deal with a free-kick from wide on the right.

The ball was nodded back across the box and only half-cleared by Sydney and it fell to Branko Jelic, who set it up for Srhoj to shoot inside Clint Bolton’s left-hand post.

An amazing and controversial incident led to a goal by Aloisi four minutes after the resumption to restore Sydney’s lead.

Aloisi’s shot was reached by Chris Coyne, who appeared to clear the ball along the goal-line, but it had crossed the line and went through a hole in the bottom corner of the net just inside the far post.

The referee consulted his assistant, who seemed well-placed, but media reports suggested the fourth official radioed the referee to tell him it was a goal as he had seen a replay of the incident on a nearby TV monitor.

That will be of interest to FIFA, which insists information gained from TV replays is not acceptable.

Daniel McBreen equalised again for Glory 11 minutes from the end when he was left unmarked at the far post and converted Scott Bulloch’s low cross.

With just three minutes remaining, Aloisi out-jumped Andy Todd and headed past keeper Aleks Vrteski and inside the far post for the winner.

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