Safety first: Alex Gersbach protects the ball. Photo: Getty Images
Sydney FC 3 (Gameiro 59’, 64’, Burgess 74’ ) d. Bonnyrigg White Eagles 2 (Younis 36’, Edosomwan 62’)
Sky Blues striker Corey Gameiro fired a brace while youngster Max Burgess scored his first goal for the club as the Sky Blues defeated Bonnyrigg White Eagles 3-2 in front of 2,190 fans at Leichhardt Oval.
Gameiro’s goals, both in the second half, take his tally to six in four pre-season games and gives Graham Arnold his third win as Sydney FC boss.
Nikola Petkovic sends one into the box. Photo: Getty Images
It was a win the Sky Blues deserved despite having ten first team players unavailable and twice coming from behind.
“It was another good workout for us and we are making good progress,” said Arnold
“It was good to win but the most important thing for me was that some players who didn’t get much game time in New Zealand got a good hit out tonight in preparation for next week’s FFA Cup tie against Melbourne City.
“Bonnyrigg were a good test tonight and you can see why they are top two in the New South Wales Premier League.
“But results don’t matter at this stage and these games are all about coming together as a team and progressing as a team.
“Another important aspect for me is that what we are doing on the training field is now being replicated on the pitch,” he said.
Against the run of play Bonnyrigg took the lead in the 36th minute when Canak broke down the Sydney FC left. The linesman’s flag stayed down despite a hint of offside and when the midfielder crossed, Younis was on hand to control and calmly slot past Bouzanis.
Sydney FC finally made the breakthrough.in the 59th minute, as a left wing corner from Nikola Petkovic created a scramble in the Bonnyrigg box and Gameiro was first to pounce and slot the ball beyond Gobbo to make it 1-1.
The White Eagles restored their lead within three minutes. A right wing cross to the far post was headed back across the Sky Blues six yard box to Edosomwan who nudged the ball over the line with his head.
The lead didn’t last for long and it was Gameiro again who squared the ledger. Petkovic curled in a dangerous corner, this time from the right, and Gameiro met his pinpoint cross with a firm header from 12 yards to make it 2-2 after 64 minutes.
The striker almost had his hat-trick in the 70th minute when he found space and struck a shot that deflected wide of the post, but he was on hand four minutes later to play his part in the Sky Blues' winner.
The Young Socceroos striker headed the ball back across goal from a right wing cross to Max Burgess and the midfielder controlled the ball on his chest and fired home the winner.