Hyundai A-League Season 6

Victory draw as Sydney drop points
By Nick Guoth

A-League 2010/2011 - Round 23
6:45pm, Saturday 15 January, 2011
at Sydney Football Stadium


Sydney FC 1
(Juho Makelo 90'+1)
drew with
Melbourne Victory FC 1
(Danny Allsopp 51')



(Photo linked from FFA web site)

New strikers took the centre stage when Sydney FC and Melbourne played out a 1-1 draw at the Sydney Football Stadium in Roudn 23 action of the Huyndai A-League. Danny Allsopp and Juho Makelo each found the net in this enticing tie.

The opening half was all Sydney. Missing Kruse, Thompson, Muscat and Kemp it was destined that Melbourne would struggle and Sydney were keen to turn the screw at every chance. Many would have expected Sydney to win this match, but their inability to finish in the first half was punished when Melbourne woke up after the break.

Still Makelo was on hand to deflect an errant Nicky Carle shot in the 91st minute to give Sydney that one small chance to make the Finals and maybe enough to give Vitezslav Lavicka a chance to keep his job.

Sydney should have been a few goals to the good by the break, yet, each time they headed into the Victory penalty area, or each time they shot from outside, the visitors seemed blessed with luck as if it was not Michael Petkovic that was in the way, it was the woodwork that came to his rescue.

Byun Sung-Hwan took on the responsibility more often than the others, yet it was a Hirofumi Moriyasu shot who, after Dimitri Petratos held off the defence and layed the ball off, beat Petkovic but watched in agony as his shot rebounded back off the right upright.

New signing Petratos was also in the action yet rarely found the target the way he did against Gold Coast. Such was the way Sydney were playing throughout the half, the final effort by Moriyasu flew over the bar.

Melbourne, though, were not without their chances. In fact, a bit of weird defence by Stephan Keller nearly let Danny Allsopp in. A cross by Richardinho from the right was strangely dummied by Kellar. Allsopp was right behind him, but was too surprised to make any play at the ball.

Melbourne coach Ernie Merrick must have a few words to say at the break, because it was a completely different team that came out at the break. That is, also with a pair of substitutes.

It took six minutes into the second period before Melbourne broke the deadlock. A ball to the right found Carlos Hernandez. He turned Matthew Jurman and sent in a cross behind the defence. That found Danny Allsopp who, even with a deflection off Byun, netted his first goal following his return to the A-League.

The Victory were dominating for quite a long period, which was quite a surprise given the first half performance. The goal was certainly deserved for Melbourne.

Both teams pushed hard for the final half of the period. Melbourne was not standing back and Sydney finally got themselves back into the game.

All looked like it was going to be an upset until the final minute of the game when the Finish surgeon was on hand to get a point for the home team. It was a shot by Nick Carle that Makela got into position to deflect the ball inside the near post.

The result does not deny Sydney a Finals berth, but it will be very hard from here. For Melbourne, they are one step closer to taking their position in the Top Six.



A-League 2010/2011 - Round 23
6:45pm, Saturday 15 January, 2011
at Sydney Football Stadium

Sydney FC 1
(Juho Makelo 90'+1)
drew with
Melbourne Victory FC 1
(Danny Allsopp 51')

    Crowd: 11,387

    MATCH STATS:

    Sydney FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Liam Reddy (gk), 3. Stephan Keller, 6. Hirofumi Moriyasu (Juho Makelo +55), 8. Stuart Musialik, 9. Bruno Cazarine, 10. Nick Carle, 15. Terry McFlynn (c) (2. Sebastian Ryall +85), 17. Matthew Jurman, 21. Scott Jamieson, 22. Byun Sung-Hwan (12. Shannon Cole +67), 24. Dimitri Petratos Substitutes not used: 20. Ivan Necevski (rgk)

    Coach: Vitezslav Lavicka

    Yellow Cards: Matthew Jurman 35
    Red Cards: Nil

    Melbourne Victory FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Michael Petkovic (gk), 4. Petar Fanjic, 6. Leigh Broxham (17. Matthew Foschini +46), 8. Grant Brebner, 9. Richardinho (Mate Dugandzic +46), 11. Marvin Angulo, 12. Rodrigo Vargas, 13. Diego Ferreira, 14. Billy Celeski, 16. Carlos Hernandez (Tom Pondeljak +83), 18. Danny Allsopp
    Substitutes not used: 12. Peter Zois (rgk)

    Coach: Ernie Merrick

    Yellow Cards: Richardinho 28, Carlos Hernandez 80, Tom Pondeljak 84, Michael Petkovic 92
    Red Cards: Nil

    Referee: Matthew Breeze 8/10
    Assistants: Daniel Dewhurst, Scott Edeling, 4th official: Kris Griffith-Jones

    Pitch rating: 8/10

    Game rating: 7/10

    BOTN Player Points :

    3. Nick Carle (Sydney FC)
    2. Rodrigo Vargas (MV)
    1. Michael Petkovic (MV)

    by Nick Guoth

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