Sydney FC, leader of the Runaway A-League, faced an amazing challenge from the Central Coast Mariners in last place, but a dream debut for the young cannon Marco Tilio scored all three points with a 3-0 victory .
The eighteen-year-old emerged from the bench in the 88th minute and scored a class final from inside the box just 1 minute and 15 seconds after entering the field, a record for the fastest debut goal in the A-League.
Unhappy with his goal, he then found young Harry Van der Saag for his first A-League goal.
The Van der Saag strike was one of the goals of the season, hitting the ball in the top corner from the edge of the area.
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Tilio was a star on Sydney’s youth production line, including scoring two goals in a final victory in the National Youth League (NYL) this season.
Previously, Milos Ninkovic opened the scoring in the eighth minute after a defensive error gave him possession near the six-yard box.
But the Mariners were a bit unlucky to equalize after a strong first half, after Gianni Stensness had a controversial powerful header excluding the offside.
Gianni Stensness came back in the 45th minute, but his goal was ruled out for offside in strange circumstances.
Teammate Kim Eun-Sun forced Sydney’s Alex Wilkinson to dismiss Pastor Stensness during the free kick, allowing Stensness to run freely in the head.
But Kim was judged offside, a decision that made Mariners coach Alen Stajcic smoke.
Asked by Fox Sports if he thought the call was correct, he replied “No. No chance.
“They said the blocker was offside. I haven’t seen the blocker called offside all season, so as long as they stay with that for the next 100 A-League games, we will be right.”
The result sees Sydney move 13 points to the top of the table, while the Mariners remain in the lead.
Tilio told Fox Sports “I am quite ecstatic. Obviously I have worked hard for this.
“Today was my chance and I thought I took it, so I’m very happy.”
“It’s more of my game to move the ball (but coach Steve Corica said) when you get the chance to dribble and go do what you can do. That’s what I did.”