National Youth League - 2009/2010 - Season 2

Sydney youth return to winning ways
By Nick Guoth

2009/2010 National Youth League - Round 17
4:15pm, Sunday 27 December, 2009
at Sydney Football Stadium

Sydney FC 3
(Kerem Bulut 33', 64', Rhyan Grant 73')
Adelaide United FC 1
(Francesco Monterosso 45+3')

(Photo Nick Guoth for BOTN - Ryan Grant & Matthew Mullen)

Sydney FC provided a dominant second half display to defeat Adelaide United 3-1 at the Sydney Football Stadium. A brace from Kerem Bulut and one from Ryan Grant were enough to cover the lone header from Francesco Monterosso.

Sydney FC began the match much stronger and keen to make up for their close loss on Wednesday night. Adelaide had brought in two over-age players, one at each end of the field in Robbie Cornthwaite and Lloyd Uwusu.

Yet it was the forementioned who was not having a good day. With first team coach Aurelio Vidmar in the stands, Cornthwaite was responsible for a few gifts to the opponents. His promotion to the first team may be on hold.

Just on ten minutes done and a gift in defence fell to Joel Chinaese. Adelaide goalkeeper Mark Birighitti came to the rescue deflecting the chance up in the air and Kerem Bulut was unable to turn the spinning ball into the net.

Adelaide had a good chance a few minutes later when a corner from Joseph Wright was headed down by Cornthwaite and tipped over the bar by Sydney custodian Mark Pullman, who was playing his first full game.

Both sides had some opportunities to open the scoring in the opening half-hour and it was not until a mistake by Cornthwaite gave Sydney the golden chance. A pass to the keeper was too soft and east-pickings for Bulut, who rounded the keeper and slid the ball inside the near post.

Adelaide pushed hard for the equaliser Andrew Ciarla's free-kick tipped over and Brett Rayner showing skill and determination to wander through most of the Sydney defence but unfortunately his shot was too weak to trouble Pullman.

Then the first item of controversy for the afternoon. Well into time added-on, a corner kick from Wright on the left to the far post was headed back across the goal by Monterosso. Although Sam Munro made a brave attempt to clear on the post, the referee and his assistant adjudged that the ball had already crossed the line.

Although Adeliade came out the keener at the beginning of the second half, the period belonged to Sydney, even without the help of the officials.

Under ten minutes into the half, a controversial decision went Sydney's way when Chianese chased a ball into the box and his shot was smothered by Birighitti. The referee adjuged that a foul occured and awarded a penalty to Sydney. One may say justice was served when Chris Payne's spot kick was touched onto the upright by Birighitti to maintain the even scoreline.

Yet he could not do much when the defence opened up just past the hour mark. Again it was Bulut who benefited from the freedom to round the keeper and slot the ball into an open net.

The game appeared beyond the Reds' reach when Rhyan Grant finished off a move to send a strong low shot past Birighitti with only twenty minutes to go.

Adelaide should have pulled one back to make the game more interesting when Uwusu, who had been rather absent throughout the game, sent in a delightful cross. It was not rewarded when, on the six-yard line, Rayner's volley went straight at Pullman.

Adelaide's lack of structure and discipline late in the game did not help them. Even the expulsion of Ryan Grant with ten minutes left for a second caution did not advantage them. Uwusu had a chance in extra-time, but his shot across goal was easily palmed away for a corner by Pullman.

Ex-AIS and Sydney FC Youth coach Steve O'Connor was happy with finally a few things going his way. "We have created so many chances, but just have not put them away", stated O'Connor. 'We have missed three penalties, including today's this season."

"Today we defended better and generally I was happy with the way we played."

2009/2010 National Youth League - Round 17
4:15pm, Sunday 27 December, 2009
at Sydney Football Stadium

Sydney FC 3
(Kerem Bulut 33', 64', Rhyan Grant 73')
Adelaide United FC 1
(Francesco Monterosso 45+3')

    Crowd: 1,200 est.


    Sydney FC :
    Player listing: 20. Mark Pullman (gk), 2. Steven Tibbetts (5. Sam Gallagher +49'), 3. Mitchell Speer, 6. Chris Payne, 7. Ryan Grant, 8. Sam Munro (14. Tim McGowan +60'), 9. Kerem Bulut, 10. Antony Golec (c), 13. Joel Chianese, 15. Raymond Miller (4. Joseph Gibbs +60'), 17. Luke Austin

    Substitutes not used: 1. Nenad Vekic (rgk)

    Coach: Steve O'Connor

    Yellow Cards: Ryan Grant 30', 83', Sam Munro 45'+2
    Red Cards: Ryan Grant 83'

    Adelaide United FC :
    Player listing: 1. Mark Birighitti (gk), 7. Joel Allwright, 10. Andrew Ciarla (12. Brett Raynor +37'), 4. Dane Milovanovic, 15. Francesco Moterosso (9. Evan Kostopoulos +59'), 8. Matthew Mullen (c), 6. Alex Sunasky, 11. Liam Wooding, 16. Joseph Wright (3. Michael Doyle +60'), 17. Robert Cornthwaite (oa), 14. Lloyd Owusu (oa)

    Substitutes not used: 20. Codey Larkin (rgk)

    Coach: Joe Mullen

    Yellow Cards: Matthew Mullen 28', Joseph Wright 43'
    Red Cards: Nil

    Referee: Kurt Ams
    Assistant Referees: Lance Greenshields, David Lockeridge; Fourth Official: Stephen Lucas

    BOTN players to watch:
    3. Kerem Bulut (SFC), 2. Sam Munro (SFC), 1. Matthew Mullen (AU)

    Ground rating: 8/10

    Game rating: tba/10

    Match Report and ratings Nick Guoth

Photo gallery:(All photos by Nick Guoth for BOTN

(Andrew Ciarla)

(Bruno Monterosso & Ryan Grant)

(Chris Payne & Dane Milovanovic)

(Kerem Bulut (after scoring goal))

(LloydvUwusu breaks through)

(Matthew Mullen watches Ryan Grant)

(Sam Munro & Matthew Mullen)

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