There was no FFA Cup hangover for the Sky Blues as they drew first blood through Paulo Retre, who finished home with a flick into the back of the net, courtesy of Rhyan Grant's pinpoint pass.

Adam le Fondre doubled the lead with a beautiful finish, after Retre and Grant paired up again. Le Fondre made it three following a beautiful back-heel assist from Milos Ninkovic.

Melbourne City

Eugene Galekovic (GK) - 5

Conceded three but the defenders in front of him were not on top of their game.

Ritchie De Laet - 6

Dangerous with bursts of speed and deliveries, but couldn't do much with it in the end.

Bart Schenkeveld - 6.5

Thwarted Grant's cross into a dangerous area. Improved second half. Headed effort went wide from an offside position. 

Harrison Delbridge - 6.5

Last ditch clearances. Headed shot towards goal was plucked out of the air by goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne.

Scott Jamieson - 6

Neat first touch and important clearances. Cross into Vidosic almost resulted in the leveller. 

Riley McGree - 4.5 

Poor defensively and lost possession in a dangerous position which led to conceding a goal. Fired off a deflected shot.

Kearyn Baccus - 6

Better second half where he had a go at goal. 

Riley McGree

Luke Brattan - 6

Tried his luck from distance, but his effort went well wide.

Dario Vidosic - 6.5

Neat pass to McGree. Got on the end of Jamieson's cross, but Redmayne was too quick. Was kept at bay by Sydney's defence.

Bruno Fornaroli - 4

Had a quiet game and lacked service. Did well to tee-up Baccus.

Florin Berenguer - 5

Great ball to Schenkeveld.


Lachlan Wales, Rostyn Griffiths, Anthony Caceres - N/A

Didn't do enough to warrant a fair rating. 

Sydney FC

Andrew Redmayne (GK) - 8

Alert and comfortable with City's threat. Nothing was getting past this man tonight. 

Rhyan Grant - 10

Assisted goal with a drive from outside of the box. Saw lots of the ball and was vital in Sydney's attack. In excellent form after a long injury lay-off.

Rhyan Grant

Alex Wilkinson - 6.5

Solid defensively and didn't allow players to get forward.

Jop van der Linden - 6.5

Solid defensively. 

Michael Zullo - 9

Important clearances, combinded well and got into good positions. Won the ball in prime areas and caught out City's defence. Had an excellent first half. 

Paulo Retre - 8

Lovely finish to open the scoring. Made brilliant runs. Assisted le Fondre for the second goal.

Josh Brillante - 6.5

Quiet, but worked well with his side to thwart and put-off City.

Brandon O'Neill - 7

Solid in midfield. Beautiful half-volley pass to Zullo

Milos Ninkovic - 8.5

City had him crowded in the opening minutes but managed to break away and get involved in attack and had a few shots of his own. Stunning combination with the le Fondre in the box. Back-heel assist for le Fondre's second.

Alex Brosque - 5.5

Solid and organised in midfield as per usual, but fairly quiet.

Adam le Fondre - 8.5

Combined well with Zullo. Couldn't put the ball away after some beautiful one-twos with Ninkovic. Prodded home Sydney's second from close-range then grabbed himself a brace with a fantasic goal to make it three. 


Daniel De Silva - 6.5

Slipped in behind players, and was really energetic from off the bench. 

Charles Lokolingoy - N/A

Positive signs for the youngster, but was not on for long enough to warrant a fair rating.

Aaron Calver - N/A

Came on in the 90th.