Saturday Recap: Huge day for Sydney FC with Grand Final triumph and knockout win across the A-Leagues

Re-live all the action from Saturday, May 5 with a Liberty A-League Grand Final and an Isuzu UTE A-League Elimination Final on the agenda.

The action got underway with a blockbuster Grand Final in the Liberty A-League, as reigning Champions Sydney FC defended their crown in a 1-0 win over Premiers Melbourne City at AAMI Park.

Then, attention turned to the Isuzu UTE A-League and the Elimination Final between Sydney FC and Macarthur FC at Allianz Stadium, which the Sky Blues won 4-0 after an early red card to Bulls defender Kealey Adamson.


Liberty A-League

Melbourne City 0-1 Sydney FC – AAMI Park

Sydney FC have successfully defended their Liberty A-League crown after upstaging reigning premiers Melbourne City 1-0 in Saturday evening’s Grand Final.

Shea Connors was the difference at AAMI Park, where her 69th-minute strike guided Sydney to back-to-back Championships for the first time in their history.

The Sky Blues weathered a storm throughout the contest and waited for the the perfect moment to pounce, which they did 21 minutes from the end to snap City’s 100% record in Grand Finals following four previous wins from four appearances.

With the win, Sydney clinched a fifth Championship following a seventh successive Grand Final appearance – making them the most successful club in Liberty A-League history.

FULL MATCH REPORT: Sydney FC make history with Liberty A-League Grand Final triumph

Isuzu UTE A-League

Sydney FC 4-0 Macarthur FC – Allianz Stadium

Sydney FC have knocked Macarthur FC out of the Isuzu UTE A-League Finals Series with a comfortable 4-0 Elimination Final win at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.

The victory was not without its controversy after a first-half red card to Macarthur full-back Kealey Adamson; the Sky Blues cruised to the Semi-Finals after Adamson’s send-off, with Robert Mak’s two goals bookending a Joe Lolley wonder strike and Jaiden Kucharski’s classy finish in a game that left the Sky Blues with injury concerns for two key players.

Lolley, after finding the top-left corner from range with a classic Isuzu UTE A-League Finals Series goal, trudged off the field with an apparent right leg injury before Luke Brattan was helped from the field late in the contest after a heavy tackle from Bulls midfielder Jake Hollman.

The 4-0 win over Macarthur knocked the Bulls out of the post-season and sent Ufuk Talay’s Sky Blues to the Semi-Finals. Should Melbourne Victory beat Melbourne City in Sunday’s Melbourne Derby Final, Sydney would take on Central Coast Mariners in the final four. But if City cause an upset over Victory, Sydney would face Wellington Phoenix in the two-leg Semis.

FULL MATCH REPORT: Sky Blues cruise past Bulls to Semi-Finals but double injury blow a big cause for concern