Sydney FC prevailed 2-0 over Central Coast Mariners at Allianz Stadium on Sunday and FourFourTwo's Griffin McMaster cast his eye over the performances of all players on the pitch.
VEDRAN JANJETOVIC – 8
Had a quiet match but the highlight was the penalty save and then another block which helped keep the clean sheet in place.
ALI ABBAS – 7
Sound. Involved in a clean sheet effort.
SASA OGNENOVSKI – 8
Was in good control at the back. Got on the scoresheet in a set piece
NIKOLA PETKOVIC – 7.5
Was only troubled once or twice otherwise solid. Brought down Bosnar for the penalty late.
SEBASTIAN RYALL – 8
Was superb down the right. Getting some quality delivery also running at players.
MILOS DIMITRIJEVIC – 8.5
Great performance. Dribbling at pace is his biggest asset. Looks like a big player in the A-League for this season.
TERRY ANTONIS – 8
Proves his ultimate class with a great goal you see from players in higher leagues overseas.
BERNIE IBINI-ISEI – 5
A bit disappointing.
ALEX BROSQUE – 7.5
A roaming number 10 suits him. Can come in deep to receive the ball and links well with other attackers around him. Ever present.
COREY GAMEIRO – 7
Lively again playing high up on the left hand side, aims to cut back in, good sharpness.
MARC JANKO – 7
Tried to get in the thick of it and was playing his part. Came off on 80 minutes.
CHRIS NAUMOFF – n/a
Came on and surprisingly being 2-0 was getting into the last third with some attack. Not bad.
ALEX GERBACH – n/a
On in the 86th minute.
NICK CARLE – n/a
On late, will be better for the match fitness.
Central Coast Mariners
MATTHEW NASH – 7
Makes a rare start. First goal was a great strike from Antonis. Gave a poor pass to Bosnar which led to a scrap and free kick and Sydney’s second goal, although couldn’t do much with the set piece. Put a great through ball in for Duke midway through the second half and a top save to deny Dmitrijevic. Got better as the game went on.
JOSHUA ROSE – 5.5
Sydney players running a lot down the wings and that gave Rose a difficult day.
JACOB POSCOLIERO – 6
Good experience that’s keeping out Anderson at the moment. Although under the pump a lot.
EDDY BOSNAR – 6
Involved in some miss match which led to the free kick which led to the second goal. Otherwise a real leading presence that’s needed for the Mariners but wasn’t his day. Did win a penalty for his side.
MATTHEW SIM – 5
Quiet, got subbed.
GLEN TRIFIRO – 5
Gets a start, couldn’t have the involvement he would have liked. Got some touches on the ball but nothing threatening.
ANTHONY CACERES – 6.5
Looked sharp in the midfield and looked to offer something to the front men.
JOHN HUTCHINSON – 6
His physicality is his strong point but was put to the test. First half couldn’t contain what was relentless Sydney pressure, second half better performance.
MALICK MANE – 5
A very quiet match and hardly got involved. Got dragged.
MITCHELL DUKE – 5
Should have scored in 38th minute. Had another great chance on 62 minutes. Positive got into positions but couldn’t capitalize. Had a penalty saved as well. Not his day.
NICK MONTGOMERY – n/a
NICK FITZGERALD – n/a
On with half an hour to go. The damage was done.
KIM SEUNG-YONG – n/a
Came on in last 15 minutes. Again same thing not a lot of time to change things.