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Brosque, Ibini push Sydney into second

Sydney FC have jumped up to second place on the A-League table tonight, following a 3-0 win over the Perth Glory at nib Stadium.

On a day when the Glory’s season was thrown into chaos with the announcement that they would be excluded from this year’s finals series for salary cap breaches, the Glory struggled to find momentum as Sydney turned on the class in both midfield and attack.

Over 7,000 fans turned out to despite the news that broke during the day, but unfortunately went home disappointed as Alex Brosque scored a double and Bernie Ibni stole the show with a stunning second-half strike.

Sydney went close as early as the 8th minute, when a whipped in cross to the back post narrowly eluded the outstretched boot of golden boot leader Mark Janko.

A weaving run by Dimitrijevic in the 27th minute was Sydney’s next best chance, with the electric midfielder dodging multiple Glory defenders before eventually being denied by a stoic Danny Vukovic in the Perth goal. Dimitrijevic would go close again in the first half, with a thumping shot off his right boot coming back off the crossbar, much to the dismay of the Serbian.

Sydney would break through in the 35th minute, when a cross from the left wing toward the back post found the head of Janko, whose header was parried by Vukovic. Unfortunately for the Glory custodian, Brosque was on hand to tap home the rebound.

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Date/Time Fri Apr 10, 2015, 9:45 PMStadium HBF ParkAttendance 7,426Referee Kris Griffiths-Jones

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Perth had the ball in the net less than a minute later, but Jamie Maclaren was correctly ruled offside at the point when the ball was played through to him.

Janko went close to adding a second for Sydney before the break, but his attempted shot at the near post from a low cross was well blocked by Vukovic.

After the half time interval, it was all Sydney FC.

On the hour mark, a flicked-on cross from the right wing ballooned to Bernie Ibini at the top of the box and, with one touch, a shot with the outside of his left boot swung inside the far post to double the lead.

Brosque added Sydney’s third five minutes later, after Ibini broke through the Glory defence down the left and played the ball to his captain for the simplest of side-footed finishes.

That goal capped off a poor day (and night) for the Glory, as Sydney put pressure on the other top five sides to match their performance, or risk being left behind in the race for the Premier’s Plate.

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avatarJustin is a passionate football fan, and the Editor-in-chief of Ultimate A-League.

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