Hyundai A-League - 2010/2011 - HAL 6 Preseason

Rusty Mariners hold Slick Sydney
By Chris Dunkerley

Trial match
5pm, Saturday 17 July, 2010
at Sydney Showground, Homebush Bay

Central Coast Mariners 2
(Adam Kwasnik 59', 67')
drew with
Sydney FC 2
(Alex Brosque 1', Mark Bridge 60')

(Sydney Showground, the teams take the field - Photo for BOTN)

A still rusty Central Coast Mariners FC held a slick Sydney FC for a fair 2-2 draw in their preseason trial game at the Sydney Showground, Homebush Bay, on Saturday evening.

Sydney FC's coach looked to this game to continue to fine tune his side and potential playing combinations in the lead up to his side's international tournament and the start of the A-League in only a few weeks. "Each match of the preseason is important for us. In the games we try things and it gets the players ready. It is the same for both teams on Saturday I am sure," Lavicka had said.

He played two trialists, ex Mariners NYL defender Nathan Sherlock and Japanese hopeful Hirofuni Moriyasu for the whole game and impressive young Dimitri Petratos got good game time. Marquee Nick Carle was out injured.

With new Mariners coach Graham Arnold only recently returned from the World Cup this was his first chance to see his charges in action against top flight opposition after trials against local selects and State League sides.

The Mariners could be expected to be a bit rustier than their opponents who had more illustrious opposition only last weekend in Everton FC. Dutch import from NEC Breda, defender Patrick Zwaanswijk had a solid first half cameo and 16 year old Mustafa Amini played a full game as did reserve 'keeper Matthew Ryan with first choice Danny Vukovic in Turkey. New Argentinian playmaker Patricio Perez was expected to play but wasn't on the teamsheet and preseason star, striker Daniel McBreen, didn't feature.

From the start Sydney looked faster and fitter but it was still a shock as they took a 1-nil lead in the first minute of the game after Alex Brosque picked out a poor defensive pass from Mariners keeper Mathew Ryan and had an open goal to tap the ball into for the easiest goal he's likely to get. 0-1

The Mariners used their left side particularly well with Joshua Rose and Oliver Bozanic combining, and as early as the 5th minute they set up Nik Mrdja out on the right, whose curling cross found Bozanic inside the area - but his header curled tantalisingly close outside the left upright.

With Sydney's defence looking very tight they were able to launch raids forward with Alex Brosque the target and the Mariners struggled to set their pattern on the game for most of the first half.

In the 14th minute a corner from the left by Brad Porter cleared the defence and was met by Alex Wilkinson at the far post, but he headed just wide.

Within minutes Kwasnik, Rose, and Mrdja all had chances, although general play still favoured Sydney.

In the 35th minute in-form Sydney 'keeper Liam Reddy made a sharp one-handed save off Zwaanswijk's powerful header at the left post.

Four minutes later a beautiful curling cross from Joshua Rose on the right found Adam Kwasnik ghosting in at the far post, but alas his header was sent wide.

Best chance, not taken, of the half for Sydney came when lively youngster Dimitri Petratos was away down the centre with Brosque ready for the pass but he was brought down by Alex Wilkinson whose pace was shown up. Referee Kris Griffiths-Jones gave the Mariners captain a yellow card for his trouble but nothing came of the resultant free-kick.

Fourteen minutes-in to the second half Matt Simon, surging down the left, picked out Brad Porter with a long but pinpoint diagonal pass, and the midfielder controlled the ball well and as he continued down the right he got in a cross. The cross was however cut-out by the Sydney defence, but the ball fell to Simon whose ball back in was not cleared at all - Adam Kwasnik was on hand to knock it in. 1-1

One minute later Sydney's signing from Adelaide Scott Jamieson, who had been causing the Coast problems all game down the left, got a cross in on his second attempt and it fell to Mark Bridge at the far post, who hammered it in! 1-2

A free-kick awarded to the Mariners in the 67rh minute and young midfielders Brad Porter and Oliver Bozanic combined in a set piece. Porter’s cross saw Rostyn Griffiths head towards goal, only to be parried by Reddy. The ball went only as far as Matt Simon who was able to find room to thread his shot back in, where it was blcoked but deflected into the net by Adam Kwasnik. 2-2

Trial games are trial games and little can be read into the result or even some of the formations, as both coaches run through their respective agendas. Certainly Sydney's preseason has been at a higher level than Coast's (particularly with the Mariners tour of China via so-called 'partner'Chengdu Blades not coming off).

The loss of the Pre Season Cup may be impacting some clubs badly against their more internationally attractive and income viable rivals - something that the FFA needs to consider for 2011.

Sydney FC’s next preseason clash is against AEK Athens next Sunday (Sydney Festival of Football which kicks-off on Sunday 25 August) and the Central Coast Mariners play Newcastle Jets at Budgewoi during the week (Thursday, 22 July at Budgewoi Soccer Club, Kick-off is at 11:00am.)

Trial match
5pm, Saturday 17 July, 2010
at Sydney Showground, Homebush Bay

Central Coast Mariners 2
(Adam Kwasnik 59', 67')
drew with
Sydney FC 2
(Alex Brosque 1', Mark Bridge 60')

    Crowd: est. 1,800


    Central Coast Mariners FC :
    1. Mathew RYAN (gk), 3. Joshua ROSE, 5. Brad PORTER, 6. Patrick ZWAANSWIJK (Rostyn GRIFFITHS +46’), 7. John HUTCHINSON, 9. Nik MRDJA (Matt SIMON +46’), 11. Oliver BOZANIC (12. Michael LEWIS +68’), 14. Michael MCGLINCHEY (4. Pedj BOJIC +62’) 18. Alex WILKSONSON, 22. Mustafa AMINI, 23. Adam KWASNIK

    Substitutes not used: 20. Nikodin MATIC (rgk)

    Coach: Graham Arnold

    Yellow Cards: 44’ Alex WILKINSON
    Red Cards: Nil

    Sydney FC :
    Player listing:
    1.Liam REDDY (gk), 5. Hayden FOXE, 7. Brendan GAN, 13. Antony GOLEC, 14. Alex BROSQUE (19. Mark BRIDGE +46’), 15. Terry MCFLYNN (c), 21. Scott JAMIESON (23. Rhyan GRANT +83’), 22. BYUN Sung-Hwan(3. Stephan KELLER +72’), 25. Nathan SHERLOCK, 26. Dimitri PETRATOS (11. Kofi DANNING +68’), 28. Hiro MORIYASU

    Substitutes not used: 20. Ivan NECEVSKI (rgk)

    Coach: Vitezslav Lavicka

    Yellow Cards: 28’ Hayden FOXE, Antony GOLEC 78’
    Red Cards: Nil

    Referee: Kris Griffiths-Jones
    Assistants: Daniel Dewhurst, Stephen Lucas

    Match Report: Chris Dunkerley

Picture Gallery (All for BOTN by Chris Dunkerley)

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