David Carney of Sydney FC attempts a long-range shot in front of Vince Lia of the Phoenix.
David Carney of Sydney FC attempts a long-range shot in front of Vince Lia of the Phoenix. ROSS SETFORD

Video ref makes history as Sydney, Wellington share spoils

IN an A-League and world football first, the Video Assistant Referee system has been used as Sydney FC won a penalty in the second half of their clash with Wellington Phoenix on Saturday.

Having been introduced into the competition for the first time in Round 26, to be trialled for the remaining two rounds and the finals series, Sydney were the first beneficiaries as referee Shaun Evans deferred a penalty decision to video assistant referee Jarred Gillet.

With Sydney players screaming for a handball in the box off a set piece, Gillet reviewed the video and gave the call to award a penalty to the Sky Blues.

Replays showed a "clear error" had occurred, with Marco Rossi handling the ball in the box with his hands above his head - an act which denied Alex Wilkinson a shooting opportunity.

 

Filip Holosko of Sydney FC (right) challenges Marco Rossi of the Phoenix.
Filip Holosko of Sydney FC (right) challenges Marco Rossi of the Phoenix. ROSS SETFORD

The penalty was awarded and Bobo stepped up to give the away side the lead.

Rossi was then handed a yellow card for his handball offence.

The Sky Blues were unable to hang on for the win at Westpac Stadium, with a 91st-minute Michael McGlinchey header earning the Phoenix a 1-1 draw with the A-League leaders to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

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