This was really a video game of 2 halves – separated by a half-time break longer than either one. It deserved the wait in the end for Sydney FC, who shook their jitters in front of objective with a 3-0 win over a 10-man Macarthur FC.

The Bulls lost skipper Mark Milligan to a red card after 21 minutes however still looked the better side for much of Saturday night’s clash at Campbelltown Stadium, which was lashed by storms that postponed the start of the 2nd half, stretching the period out to nearly an hour.

Ultimately, the Sky Blues made their numerical benefit count, but coach Steve Corica had to cycle through his bench to discover the right mix after a lacklustre opening 45 from the safeguarding champs.

Teenager Patrick Wood, last year’s NSW NPL Golden Boot, completed with a brace after providing the development in the 66th minute with his very first A-League goal in just his 4th senior look – a tap-in after Adam Federici parried an effort from Kosta Barbarouses.