Melbourne City were defeated 3-0 by Sydney FC at AAMI Park on Friday night.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alex Wilkinson - 6.5
Solid defensively and didn't allow players to get forward.
Jop van der Linden - 6.5
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.