Melbourne City came out firing against Sydney FC early, unlucky not to take an early in their maiden A-League Grand Final.
After five shots in the opening 10 minutes, and a shot cleared off the line from Craig Noone, City thought they’d finally broken the deadlock in the 18th minute, until VAR intervened.
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A Harrison Delbridge strike from just outside the box beat Andrew Redmayne, but after further consideration, referee Chris Beath decided Lachlan Wales, in an offside position, impaired the Sydney goalkeeper’s eyesight.
Not long after, Sydney striker Adam le Fondre appeared to be brought down by Curtis Good in the box, with penalty shouts ignored by Beath, and backed up by VAR.
Sydney FC, who have been second best in the first half, are looking to win a record fifth A-League title.
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Sydney FC: Andrew Redmayne, Rhyan Grant, Joel King, Ryan McGowan, Alex Wilkinson, Paulo Retre, Anthony Caceres, Luke Brattan, Milos Ninkovic, Adam le Fondre, Kosta Barbarouses
Bench: Thomas Heward-Belle, Harry Van der Saag, Ben Warland, Alexander Baumjohann, Chris Zuvela, Trent Buhagiar, Luke Ivanovic
Melbourne City: Tom Glover, Harrison Delbridge, Nathaniel Atkinson, Richard Windbichler, Curtis Good, Joshua Brillante, Adrian Luna, Florin Berenguer, Jamie Maclaren, Lachlan Wales, Craig Noone
Bench: Joe Gauci, Scott Galloway, Stefan Colakovski, Rostyn Griffiths, Connor Metcalfe, Ramy Najjarine, Moudi Najjar
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