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

Sydney mixed it up well under Shiraz sipping gaze
By Stephen Webb

International Club Friendly
Saturday 10 July, 2010
at ANZ Stadium, Sydney

Sydney FC 0
lost to
Everton FC 1
(Victor Anichebe 46')



(Youngster Terry Antonis & Tim Cahill exchange shirts - Photo Stephen Webb for BOTN)


After weathering an early period of Everton domination, Sydney mixed it up well with their more prestigious, if rusty, opponents.

Sydney were sharper and more aggressive tackling; something the pink-clad tourists, in their first pre-season game, probably didn’t welcome, though the skills of midfielder Mikel Arteta, Leon Osman, Leighton Baines and Victor Anichebe would have satisfied the large contingent of Everton supporters.

Many football fans coming to see Socceroo Timmy were disappointed he only appeared in the second half.

With key players absent and trialists and fringe players being tested, Sydney could hardly be assessed on this performance. Sydney guest Dwight Yorke, out of retirement for the occasion, was largely static, initiating play from deep.

Though he played poorly after coming on midway through the second half, it was a magnificent occasion for 16-year-old Terry Antonis.

Everton’s goal came from Nigerian striker Anichebe, when he turned in the box after collecting a pass from Baines on the left and shot inside the near post.

Jack Rodwell came close to scoring, as did James Vaughan and Arteta. Ivan Necevski impressed keeping them at bay.

Scott Jamieson, Mark Bridge and Alex Brosque showed promising signs of combinations to come. Though Brosque’s speed and movement were less effective against the Everton defence, he managed to chip over goal in the 64th minute, might have won a penalty in the 78th minute and otherwise too often targeted goalkeeper Iain Turner.

Brosque also provided a missed opportunity for Dimitri Petratos late in the game.

We watched from high above the action in a platinum lounge (free tickets), which is certainly not ideal for getting a sense of the atmosphere (or actually seeing what is going on and who is doing it).

But the food and alcohol options were better than back in the stands at the Sydney Football Stadium. My dear spouse asked if my Becks was more expensive than at the bar at SFC. As if!

We stayed in the lounge until the second half, when we moved outside to our comfortable seats, roped off from the unruly mob in the gold seats. Why sit outside drinking from plastic when you can sip your shiraz from a real wine glass two rows back behind the glass?

We took a box of Krispy Cremes home for our daughter, with whom I’ll be sitting closer to the action when Sydney take on Blackburn Rovers and co in a slightly more serious match-up at the end of the month.

Sydney FC’s next preseason clash is against the Central Coast Mariners at the Sydney Showground, Homebush Bay, on Saturday 17 July, 2010



International Club Friendly
Saturday 10 July, 2010
at ANZ Stadium, Sydney

Sydney FC 0
lost to
Everton FC 1
(Victor Anichebe 46')

    Crowd: 40,446.

    MATCH STATS:

    Sydney FC :
    Player listing:
    20. Ivan Necevski (gk), 12. Shannon Cole, 3. Stephan Keller, 2. Sebastian Ryall, 22. Sung Hwan Byun, 15. Terry Mcflynn, 19. Dwight Yorke (28. Hirofuni Moriyasu +62’), 7. Brendan Gan (17. Terry Antonis +67’), 9. Mark Bridge (29. Blake Powell +83’), 21. Scott Jamieson (26. Dimitri Petratos +86’), 14. Alex Brosque.

    Substitutes: 1. Liam Reddy (gk), 5. Hayden Foxe, 13. Antony Golec, 28. Hiro Moriasu, 26. Dimitri Petratos

    Coach: Vitezslav Lavicka

    Yellow Cards: tba
    Red Cards: Nil

    Everton FC :
    12. Iain Turner, 2. Tony Hibbert, 3. Leighton Baines, 15. Sylvain Distin, 6. Phil Jagielka, 7. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (9 Jose Baxter +64’), 21. Leon Osman, 10. Mikel Arteta, 26. Jack Rodwell, 14. James Vaughan (17. Tim Cahill +46’), 28. Victor Anichebe (8. Louis Saha +71’)

    Substitutes: 31. Seamus Coleman, 11. Magaye Gueye, 16. Joao Silva, 25. Shkodran Mustafi, 23. Lukas Jutkiewicz.

    Coach: David Moyes

    Yellow Cards: tba
    Red Cards: Nil

    Referee: Srebre Delovski

    Match Report: Stephen Webb



Picture Gallery (All for BOTN by - Stephen Webb)


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