Western United looked to return to winning ways when it took on Sydney FC in Geelong.
The Sky Blues showed why they're the reigning A-League champions however with a 2-0 win on the road.
Adam Le Fondre struck twice for Sydney in the first half, taking his season tally to seven.
United tried to find a way back into the game but Steve Corica's men held strong at GMHBA Stadium.
STORY OF THE GAME
10' CHANCE - Scott McDonald almost opens the scoring but his header fades wide.
13' CHANCE - Alex Baumjohann's strike from distance is parried away by Filip Kurto.
27' GOAL - Adam Le Fondre heads home from a Baumjohann corner. 1-0 Sydney.
44' CHANCE - Kurto denies Kosta Barbarouses in a one-on-one with a stretching save.
45+2' CHANCE - Dario Jertec with a driving shot from range but it goes just wide.
45+4' GOAL - Adam Le Fondre doubles the lead after a Sydney FC counter-attack.
48' CHANCE - Kosta Barbarouses goes close to making it 3-0 with a long-range effort.
57' CHANCE - Alessandro Diamanti has a chance to pull one back with a free-kick but it sails over the bar.
77' CHANCE - Diamanti's shot inside the area is blocked and goes out for a corner.
84' CHANCE - Andrew Redmayne reaches down low to save a Panagiotis Kone effort.
Western United 0
Sydney FC 2 (Le Fondre 27', 45+4')
Western United FC Squad: 1.Filip KURTO (GK), 2.Aaron CALVER, 4.Andrew DURANTE, 6.Connor CHAPMAN, 8.Panagiotis KONE, 10.Scott MCDONALD (5.Dylan PIERIAS 62’), 11.Connor PAIN, 12.Dario JERTEC (14.Max BURGESS 64’), 19.Josh RISDON, 23.Alessandro DIAMANTI, 26.Kwabena APPIAH-KUBI (18.Besart BERISHA 46’)
Substitutes not used: 30.Ryan SCOTT (GK), 3.Brendan HAMILL, 22.Ersan GULUM
Yellow cards: 10.Scott MCDONALD 19’, 8.Panagiotis KONE 49’, 19.Josh RISDON 90+5'
Red cards: None
Sydney FC squad: 1.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 4.Alex WILKINSON (c), 5.Alex BAUMJOHANN (18.Luke IVANOVIC 78’), 6.Ryan McGOWAN, 7.Michael ZULLO (16.Joel KING 70’), 9.Adam LE FONDRE, 11.Kosta BARBAROUSES (8.Paulo RETRE 85’), 13.Brandon O’NEILL, 17.Anthony CACERES, 23.Rhyan GRANT, 26.Luke BRATTAN
Substitutes not used: 20.Tom HEWARD-BELLE (gk), 8.Paulo RETRE, 12.Trent BUHAGIAR
Yellow cards: 26.Luke BRATTAN 56’
Red cards: None
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Western United’s next home game is against Melbourne Victory on Sunday, December 8 at GMHBA Stadium, Geelong. Kick-off is 4:00pm.
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