Sydney FC aim for rare interstate GF win

Hard-running Sydney FC defender Rhyan Grant regards the task of winning an A-League grand final interstate as the Sky Blues’ biggest challenge.

Sydney play away to Premiers Plate winners Perth Glory at Optus Stadium on Sunday, after their extraordinary 6-1 home thrashing of defending champions Melbourne Victory on Sunday.

Earlier this season, the Sky Blues won one and lost one to Glory at HBF Park in Perth, in addition to beating them in Sydney.

Only two A-League grand finals have been won by an interstate team.

Sydney won on penalties against Melbourne Victory in 2010 while Kevin Muscat’s men won last seasons’s decider at Newcastle.

“I think, obviously, it will probably be our biggest challenge,” Grant said.

‘We’ve had some good results against Perth this year, so we’ll take a lot of confidence out of that.”

Up 3-0 at the break against Victory, a relentless Sydney doubled their goal tally in the second half.

Grant agreed it was their most complete performance of the season, but felt they could still have done better.

“Even that first half I don’t think we actually played the best football we have,” Grant said.

Grant, who missed Sydney’s last Champions League game with a minor hamstring issue, was substituted in the 71st minute of Sunday’s game.

He was booked in the first half for a foul on former teammate Terry Antonis.

”Everyone wants to stay on, obviously, when it’s such an enjoyable game as it was for us,” he said.

“It would have been great to see it out but I totally understand the substitution.

“Obviously the hamstring injury and being on a yellow card, they didn’t want to risk anything, so in hindsight it was probably a great decision.”

Like most, Grant had problems coming to terms with the lopsided result.

“To beat one of our biggest rivals, if not our biggest, 6-1 is pretty crazy,” Grant said.

Sydney scored in just the third minute as they made good on coach Steve Corica’s pre-match instruction to start well.

“Get stuck into them and once we were on top of them, physically play the football we know we can play and dominate and I think we did that perfectly,” Grant said.

Even Corica was happy to show some emotion behind closed doors after the resounding win.

“He was just as happy as everyone else, we were all high-fiving and having a good time in the changing rooms,” Grant said.

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