Sydney FC has added another piece of silverware to the club’s bulging cabinet with a 2-1 win over Adelaide United in the FFA Cup final, but the match was overshadowed by a shocking incident that saw Adelaide defender Michael Marrone red-carded deep in extra-time.
The rivals were locked 1-1 at the end of regulation time after Milos Ninkovic’s 19th-minute goal for Sydney was negated by a Nikola Mileusnic’s brilliant strike in the 68th.
But the defending A-League champs reclaimed a decisive lead in the 111th minute when Bobo headed one in.
As Adelaide desperately chased an equaliser, Marrone accosted a ball boy who delayed giving him the ball for a throw-in, tackling him to the ground.
Furious Sydney FC opponent Matt Simon grabbed Marrone and a melee ensued, before Marrone was given his marching orders.
In a happy ending to the unsavoury incident, the ball boy celebrated on the podium with the victorious Sydney FC players, while Michael Zullo gave the youngster his winner’s medal.