Hyundai A-League Season 6

Gold Coast grab a chance
By Chris Dunkerley

A-League 2010/2011 - 2nd Elimination Semi Final
Sunday 27 February, 2011
at Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide


Adelaide United FC 2
(Sergio van Dijk 56 pen, Mathew Leckie 70')
lost to
Gold Coast United FC 3
(Shane Smeltz 38, 79 pen, Bruce Djite 71')


(Adelaide eliminated, and Gold Coast to play Central Coast Mariners next week in Gosford for right to play GF)

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Gold Coast have come away from a firey Hindmarsh Stadium with a 3-2 win over the Adelaide and will have another go to get into the grand final next Saturday night in Gosford against Central Coast.

On a very hot evening in Adelaide the home side dominated possession until the first drinks break, and thereafter seemed to fall under Miron's spell.

The first goal came in the 38th minute when Shane Smeltz received the ball deep in the Reds half, but with Nigel Boogard close by. Inexplicably Boogard dropped of him, and Smelz made space and swung the ball into the top right of the Adelaide goal. 0-1

Inexplicably referee Chris Beath gave him a yellow card for celebrating with his shirt covering his head - how stupid will the FFA refs get?

Adelaide came back in the second half when Sergio van Dijk was needlessly pushes over in the area at a Reds corner. The big Dutchman expertly put the penalty away. 1-1

The Reds moved in front in the 70th minute when Cassio got up on the left, and with few options took a shot. Gld Coast 'keeper Glen Moss parried the ball but it fell to substitute Matthew Leckie who was on the spot to knocked the rebound past Moss. 2-1

Rather than the home side going on with it, within a minute Tahj Minniecon was free down the left and hit a cross into the box where Shane Smeltz's glancing header was palmed away by Red's keeper Eugene Galekovic. Alas it hit Bruce Djite and rebounded in! 2-2

In the 79th minute Boogard unwisely barrelled substitute Joel Porter over as he was moving wide on the right of the Red's penalty area. Shane Smeltz took the penalty, which Galekovic got a hand to but it went it to the net. Not good enough as there was encroachment. Smelz put it away cooly for the second time. 2-3

Even 5 minutes of stoppage time wasn't enough for Adelaide to square the score and redeem themselves.

Adelaide are thereby eliminated, and Gold Coast United are to play Central Coast Mariners next Saturday at 7pm in Gosford for the right to play Brisbane Roar FC in the Grand Final and either be HAL Champions for season 6, or gain a place in the AFC Champions League for 2012.



A-League 2010/2011 - 2nd Elimination Semi Final
Sunday 27 February, 2011
at Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide

Adelaide United FC 2
(Sergio van Dijk 56 pen, Mathew Leckie 70')
lost to
Gold Coast United FC 3
(Shane Smeltz 38, 79 pen, Bruce Djite 71')


(Adelaide eliminated, and Gold Coast to play Central Coast Mariners next week in Gosford for right to play GF)

    Crowd: 15,028

    MATCH STATS:

    Adelaide United FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 3.Nigel BOOGAARD (2.Robert CORNTHWAITE 90), 6.CASSIO, 8.Adam HUGHES, 9.Sergio VAN DIJK, 10.Marcos FLORES, 11.Andy SLORY (19.Mathew LECKIE 40), 12.Paul REID, 13.Travis DODD (c), 14.Cameron WATSON (17.Iain RAMSAY 84), 16. Dario BODRUSIC

    Substitutes not used: 30. Mark Birighitti (rgk), 21. Francisco Usucar

    Coach: Rini Coolen

    Yellow Cards: Nigel Boogaard 78
    Red Cards: Nil

    Gold Coast United FC :
    1. Glen MOSS (gk), 2.Steve PANTELIDIS, 3.Michael THWAITE (c), 6.Dino DJULBIC, 7.Zenon CARAVELLA, 8.ANDERSON, 9.Shane SMELTZ, 11.Bruce DJITE (19.Andrew BARISIC 88), 13.Bas VAN DEN BRINK (14.Joel PORTER 70), 15.Tahj MINNIECON (24.John CURTIS 81), 33. Peter PERCHTOLD Player listing:


    Substitutes not used: 16. Kristian REES, 20.Scott HIGGINS (rgk)

    Coach: Miron Bleiberg

    Yellow Cards: Shane Smeltz 38, Bruce Djite 47, Bas Van Den Brink 54, Steve Pantelidis 82'
    Red Cards: Nil

    Referee: Chris Beath 6/10
    Brad Hobson, Nathan Macdonald; Fourth official: Ryan Shepheard

    Pitch rating: 9/10

    Game rating: 8/10

    BOTN Player Points :

    3. Michael Thwaite (GCU)
    2. Sergio van Dijk (AU)
    1. Shane Smeltz (GCU)

    Match Report by Chris Dunkerley

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