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Sydney far too good for Perth in A-League

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 26/03/2017 Tristan Lavalette
Team mates celebrate with Brandon O'Neill of Sydney FC after scoring during the round 24 A-League match between Perth Glory and Sydney FC. © Stefan Gosatti/Getty Images Team mates celebrate with Brandon O'Neill of Sydney FC after scoring during the round 24 A-League match between Perth Glory and Sydney FC.

Sydney FC have celebrated winning the A-League Premiers' Plate in style with a decisive 3-0 victory over Perth Glory at nib Stadium on Sunday.

An own goal on 38 minutes from Glory debutant Lucian Goian, Brandon O'Neill's sweet strike three minutes later and a Bobo goal in the 63rd minute sealed an 18th win of the campaign for Sydney.

Having secured the first-past-the-post title after Brisbane Roar defeated Melbourne Victory on Saturday night, the Sky Blues are now an astonishing 14 points clear at the top of the table.

Their total of 59 points is a record for a 27-round A-League season. With three rounds remaining before the finals, Sydney could break Roar's record for a 30-round campaign of 65 points.

Conversely, it was a costly loss for fifth-placed Glory's bid for a top-four spot and a coveted home final. Perth trail third-place Melbourne City and fourth-place Roar by four points.

The Sky Blues dominated the match at nib Stadium from the start but were unable to penetrate Glory's plucky defence.

In a cruel blow for the hosts, Sydney got the breakthrough when Glory's recent Romanian recruit Goian deflected a corner past goalkeeper Liam Reddy and into his own goal.

Moments later, ex-Glory midfielder O'Neill doubled Sydney's lead with a clinical right-foot shot from the edge of the box that gave Reddy no chance.

The Glory started the second half with more gusto and had a golden opportunity to peg back the deficit but acting captain Andrew Keogh misfired from close range.

Sky Blues' sharpshooter Bobo put the issue beyond doubt when he slid a shot past Reddy from 10 yards after a neat backheel from Alex Brosque.

The visitor's comprehensive victory was made even more impressive as they were without goalkeeper Danny Vukovic and fullback Rhyan Grant, who are on national team duty with the Socceroos.

Vukovic's replacement Andrew Redmayne was barely troubled although Glory's star Diego Castro hit the crossbar late in the match after a piercing long-range free-kick.

The Glory rued several missed opportunities early in the match before the floodgates opened, most notably a chance from Goian that landed straight into the arms of Redmayne.

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