Sydney FC post third win on Italian tour
Sydney FC have posted a third straight win on their pre-season Italian tour with a 1-0 victory over A.S. Cittadella in Jesolo.
A first half goal from trialist Vincenzo Italiano was enough for the Sky Blues to secure victory over a youthful A.S. Cittadella side at the Stadio Comunale Picchi on Wednesday (Thursday AEST).
Coach Frank Farina rested the majority of his squad for the match with Terry McFlynn, Pascal Bosschaart, Vedran Janjetovic and Mitch Mallia joined by youngsters Jacob Tratt, Daniel Petkovski and Josh MacDonald as well as four trialists.
MacDonald and Mallia both had chances before trialist Vedran Niksic rattled the post in the 30th minute with a curling left-foot shot.
Three minutes later A.S. Cittadella won a penalty only to be denied by Sydney FC 'keeper Janjetovic.
Sydney FC then scored the opening goal of the game in the 35th minute when Petkovski beat a defender down the left hand side and put in a hanging cross for Italiano to volley home from the edge of the six-yard box.
Farina made a glut of substitutions after 60 minutes with Alessandro Del Piero entering the field to another rousing reception, replacing Niksic.
The Italian maestro almost brought the house down when he beat the `keeper and struck the crossbar direct from a corner in the 78th minute.