Sydney FC start title defence with victory in big blue

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    It wasn’t the most convincing of performances but reigning premiers Sydney FC have still started their title defence with a win over Melbourne Victory away from home.

    Melbourne were the better team in the first half but failed with the final ball or touch on numerous occasions. Sydney grew into the game and by the start of the second half, were firmly on top.

    An own goal from Geria brought the match to life as Sydney began bombarding the Victory goal. Bobo should have scored from point-blank range but somehow missed with his header while Thomas produced a fine save to his left to keep the score at one-nil into the second half.

    The Victory had chances of their own but Berisha’s poor touch on occasion cost the home team dearly. The Albanian striker was played through on one occasion in the second half but failed to secure possession with only the keeper to beat.

    Overall, the Victory toiled hard and will be frustrated not to secure at least a draw as they finished strongly. Sydney, however, stood tall in defence yet again with plenty of bodies in the area producing vital blocks to keep Melbourne at bay.

    Sydney’s title defence off to the perfect start. Melbourne once again have to lick their wounds but should improve with a full squad to pick from next week.

    Final score

    Melbourne Victory 0
    Sydney FC 1

    Alan Nicolea
    Alan Nicolea

    Alan is one of The Roar's longest serving live bloggers, covering football, tennis and rugby league.