Van der Saag’s late attack seals Sky Blues 2-0 win over Roar

Sydney FC scored one goal either side of half-time to end the regular season on a high note with a 2-0 win over Brisbane Roar at the Moreton Daily Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Roar needed a three-point effort to seal third place on the table ahead of the final series, but will instead wait and see if the Central Coast Mariners can defeat Western United in the second game of the day on Saturday to jump to the over Brisbane on the table.

The Barbarians scored from a tight angle in the 16th minute of play, burying the ball in the lower left corner at a tight angle to give the visitors the advantage in Queensland.

The Roar created the bulk of the chances after falling behind, but with Andrew Redmayne as Socceroos, Thomas Heward-Belle showed off in his first start between the sticks for the Sky Blues this season.

The substitute keeper made a series of sterling saves to keep Dylan Wenzel-Halls, Alex Parsons and Joey Champness from leveling goals throughout the game – allowing Harry Van der Saag to come off the bench and score the Sealing goal for Sydney with the final touch of the game.

The Sky Blues end the regular season with 47 points on the board, with a semifinal berth secured ahead of the 2020/21 A-League Finals series. Brisbane, meanwhile, will be watching closely to see if the Mariners manage to climb to third place with a win over Western United.

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Key moments

A pair of early chances presented themselves to Wenzel-Halls and Parsons as Brisbane looked to challenge Heward-Belle in his first start of the season for the Sky Blues.

At the other end, Bobô shot a header off the crossbar in the ninth minute before Barbarouses opened the scoring with 16 minutes on the clock, propelling the visitors into the lead with a low shot buried in the lower left corner of a tight angle.

Paulo Retre – who started the game on the right side of the defense in Rhyan Grant’s absence – passed the ball behind the space left vacant by Roar left-back Corey Brown to find Barbarouses rushing towards the goal.

The New Zealand international rushed into the box with Kai Trewin in pursuit, and as the angle tightened he passed through Jamie Young to find the opposite corner with precision and power.

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GOAL: Barbarouses – Sydney FC opens the scoring

The Sky Blues created two more opportunities in almost identical situations to the one that led to the opening goal, with Adam Le Fondre and Barbarouses moving behind Brisbane’s defensive line with descents to the right side of the 18-yard penalty area .

Le Fondre’s first chance of the afternoon fell into Young’s waiting gloves and the Barbarouses smashed the next chance at the side net as the score remained 1-0 in favor of the visitors.

Wenzel-Halls put Heward-Belle to the test with a deflected shot in the 34th minute, and the Sydney keeper did well to dive to his left and crush the shot with an outstretched left paw.

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Brisbane took the upper hand in the later stages of the first half, with both full-backs Brown and Josh Brindell-South preparing to unleash offensive attacks on either flank which failed to score an equalizing goal then as the visitors took a 1-0 lead. at the break.

The Roar erupted blocks in the second 45, with Parsons hitting from far and narrowly missing the top left corner of the goal with Heward-Belle beaten well and having no chance of rocking the dangerous strike.

Retre did his defensive homework to keep Wenzel-Halls from hitting point blank after taking the ball into his chest area in the 55th minute before Danzaki missed his side’s best opportunity of the afternoon ten minutes later missing the mark with the goal to his pity from a slight angle inside the penalty area.

Heward-Belle made two sublime saves late in the second half to prevent Wenzel-Halls and substitute Roar Champness from keeping the Sydney sheet clean for the last 10 minutes.

Wenzel-Halls challenged the Sydney stopper in the first half with a diving shot and the Roar forward did the same in the 69th minute, with Heward-Belle diving back to push the ball over the crossbar .

Champness arrived on the scene shortly after stealing a shot on target after a defensive clearance hit Retre’s head and found himself on his way inside the box, asking Heward-Belle to realize his best stop of the night as he descended low. to his right to put a strong arm on the shot moving with speed towards the back of the net.

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SAVE: Heward-Belle – Sydney FC goalkeeper is just too good

Van der Saag came off the bench in place of Luke Brattan in the 65th minute, and half an hour later the Sydney substitute put the icing on the cake with his side’s second goal of the afternoon scored with the very last touch of the match.

Van der Saag invaded the right flank to meet a ball delivered to the back post by compatriot substitute Alex Baumjohann, before hitting the ball to the post close to Young and over the line to seal the 2-0 victory on the road .

GOAL: Van der Saag – Sydney put the game to bed

Upcoming matches – Week 24

Central Coast Mariners v Western United
Saturday 5 June 2021
Location: Central Coast Stadium
Kick-off: 5:05 p.m. AEST
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505, ABC TV
Broadcast: MyFootball Live app, Kayo Sports
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Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory
Saturday 5 June 2021
Location: McDonald Jones Stadium
Kick-off: 19:10 AEST
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Broadcast: MyFootball Live app, Kayo Sports
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Melbourne victory against the city of Melbourne
Sunday 6 June 2021
Location: AAMI Park
Kick-off: 4:05 p.m. AEST
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Broadcast: MyFootball Live app, Kayo Sports
Match center

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