Sydney FC claimed the 2019 A-League championship at Optus Stadium in Perth on Sunday night, defeating Perth Glory in a penalty shootout.
A-LEAGUE GRAND FINAL
Perth Glory 0 - 0 Sydney FC (Sydney FC win 4-1 on penalties)
Crowd: 56,371 at Optus Stadium, Perth
JOE MARSTON MEDALLIST
Milos Ninkovic (Sydney FC).
Pre-match - Leading scorer Andy Keogh is named on the bench in an odd move from Glory coach Tony Popovic. Joel Chianese is given the chance to start against his old side.
27 min - Adam Le Fondre celebrates what he thinks is the opener but Michael Zullo is ruled offside. Replays show the Sydney FC man might have just beat the offside trap, but it's seen as not obvious enough for the video assistant to overrule the linesman.
52 min - Diego Castro forces the first save of the game, heading Ivan Franjic's smart cutback to the near post where Andrew Redmayne tips it over.
91 min - Ivan Franjic dives to clear Brandon O'Neill's late set piece, denying Sydney FC the chance for a last-minute winner and sending the game to extra time.
117 min - Jason Davidson romps free into the box but ignores Diego Castro at the top of the box, crossing for Andy Keogh unsuccessfully.
Sydney FC Penalty Shootout Stats:— 10 Sport (@10SportAU) May 19, 2019
- Only have ever played in 3 penalty shootouts
- They have won every single one of them.
Also, all 3 were in A-League Grand Finals! Clutch 👊#ALeagueGF #FeelTheFinals pic.twitter.com/h5ITJ8aNsn
Sydney FC 1-0 Perth Glory: Adam Le Fondre scores with a bullet-like effort.
Sydney FC 1-1 Perth Glory: Juande sends Andrew Redmayne the wrong way to score.
Sydney FC 2-1 Perth Glory: Brandon O'Neill just beats Liam Reddy down low with a bobbling effort.
Sydney FC 2-1 Perth Glory: Redmayne leaps to his right to deny Andy Keogh.
Sydney FC 3-1 Perth Glory: Rhyan Grant send an effort high into the net.
Sydney FC 3-1 Perth Glory: Brendon Santalab attempts a Panenka but Redmayne doesn't move to save it.
Sydney FC 4-1 Perth Glory: Reza Ghoochannejhad strikes past Liam Reddy to send Sydney into jubilation.
PERTH GLORY: Liam Reddy; Jason Davidson, Shane Lowry, Mathew Spiranovic, Dino Djulbic, Ivan Franjic (91min Scott Neville); Juande, Neil Kilkenny (105m Jake Brimmer); Joel Chianese (73min Andy Keogh), Chris Ikonomidis (115m Brendon Santalab), Diego Castro.
Coach: Tony Popovic
SYDNEY FC: Andrew Redmayne; Michael Zullo, Aaron Calver, Alex Wilkinson, Rhyan Grant; Brandon O'Neill, Josh Brillante, Milos Ninkovic; Alex Brosque (95m Reza Ghoochannejhad), Adam Le Fondre, Siem De Jong (78m Anthony Caceres).
Coach: Steve Corica