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Redmayne saves Sydney FC again in A-League

Sydney FC goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne saved a late penalty before an Adam Le Fondre goal sealed a 2-0 A-League win over Melbourne City.

Redmayne saves Sydney FC again in A-League

Sydney FC goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne saved a late penalty before an Adam Le Fondre goal sealed a 2-0 A-League win over Melbourne City.

STEVE CORICA arrives at the Sydney FC coach announcement press conference at Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia.
STEVE CORICA arrives at the Sydney FC coach announcement press conference at Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia. Picture:Photo by Don Arnold/Getty Images

Andrew Redmayne has again come to the rescue of Sydney FC after denying Riley McGree from the penalty spot in their 2-0 A-League win over Melbourne City.

The Sky Blues appeared on their way to a draw when Bart Schenkeveld convinced the referee that he'd been brought down in the box in the 78th minute.


But for the third time this season, Redmayne's antics on the goalline paid off as he produced a legs save, to the delight of the 13,029 Jubilee Stadium crowd.

Redmayne also denied a Rostyn Griffiths' driving shot in the 59th minute.

"We're making it hard for him because of the penalty, but he comes up trumps again. I think that's (four out of five) he's saved," coach Steve Corica said.

"That's what you need your keepers for. He did another great job, another great performance by him, but it's important he makes these saves.

"That obviously helped us win the game today because it was 1-0 at the time."

Adam Le Fondre sealed the win in the 86th minute, ending a four-game goal drought, by going through the legs of Eugene Galekovic.

His 12th goal means he stays on top as the league's leading scorer.

More importantly, the win ensures Sydney FC remain in third spot, one point behind Melbourne Victory and five from league leaders Perth.

It was a measured performance on Sunday evening from the hosts, who had their backs to the wall for most of the second half after Luke Ivanovic's early opener.

City looked bereft of a finisher. They will welcome next week's arrival of Socceroos representative Jamie Maclaren.

Warren Joyce's side still sit fifth, one point ahead of Wellington.

The humid conditions meant both teams settled on a slower pace, which appeared to suit the Sky Blues.

And after impressing last week, Ivanovic took his first chance, showing good touch off a Milos Ninkovic pass and side-footing under Galekovic.

A minute later, the Sky Blues' youngster copped a high boot to the face from Harrison Delbridge, which resulted in a yellow card.

Ivanovic's afternoon ended when he limped off with a possible glute issue.

His goal allowed the home side to put the squeeze on their opponents, with Lachlan Wales' audacious shot with the outside of his boot their best chance.

With the wind behind them in the second half, City enjoyed a host of possession but struggled to capitalise.

In contrast, the Sky Blues had a handful of looks at goal, most notably when rusty midweek signing Mitch Austin had an open net, but could only find woodwork.

Joyce believed his team would've run away with the game had McGree converted the penalty, but refused to blame that moment solely.

"Dario (Vidosic) is a proven penalty taker, but you don't blame McGree. People can miss penalties. He's had the bottle to go and take it," Joyce said.

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