Hyundai A-League - 2010/2011 - Season 6

Sydney let go a two goal lead
By Nick Guoth

2010/2011 Hyundai A-League - Round 24
5:00pm, Sunday 23 January, 2011
at Central Coast Stadium, Gosford

Central Coast Mariners FC 2
(Patricio Perez 49', Matt Simon 57’)
drew with
Sydney FC 2
(Dimitri Petratos 17’, 27')

(Photo linked from FFA site)

Sydney FC let go a two goal lead at half time to finish two all at Gosford against Central Coast in Round 24 action of the Hyundai A-League. The result means that the Mariners move one point ahead of Adelaide in second place before the big game in Adelaide next week.

Yet for Sydney it may be all over and the thinking for the Asian Champions League only. The games are running out and even with victories for the rest of the season, Sydney are unlikely to make it to the Finals.

Sydney commenced the game searching for an early strike while fighting against a strong breeze. Within five minutes they had a number of opportunites to break the deadlock. A cross in from the right found Hirofumi Moriyasu at the far post. His pull back found Nick Carle, but the strikers shot was deflected back to Moryiasu and his attempt went wide.

If that was close, Adam Kwasnik should have taken advantage of an opportunity when a misunderstanding between Stephan Keller and his keeper Liam Reddy allowed the striker to get first to the ball. His header, though, went wide of the open goal.

That breakthrough came about just past th quarter hour mark. Up to this stage Sydney had dominated the play and somewhat deserved the lead. It would be a Scott Jamison ball that unlocked the defence.

Sent over the defence, Bruno Casarine was settled in an offside position and while not playing at the ball he did enough to deflect the interest of the Mariners defenders. So much that Dimi Petratos sneaked in between his opponents and finished well with only Matthew Ryan to beat.

Sydney doubled their lead just prior to the half-hour mark. This time Patrick Zwaanswijk’s touch was poor allowing for Petratos to sneak in, steal the ball, ace towards goal and send his shot inside the far post.

A bit of action took place at the other end too, but this time something that may be viewed midweek by the match review committee. in defending a corner Reddy fell on Matthew Simon. While he was on the ground it appeared that the keeper sent in a right hook into the body of the prone Simon.

There was little more action as half-time approached, the strong northerly hindering any quality play. The sizeable crowd were getting their money’s worth, though.

The second period appeared to open the same as the first, but then a little bit of brilliance by Perez brought the crowd, and his team, back into the match. Oliver Bozanic slid a ball towards the penalty area.

Perez intercepted the ball and ran through the defence before sending his shot off the palm of Reddy and inside the near post.

Ten minutes in a very similar situation to the opening goal took place. This time when Cazarine was offside the official raised the flag, even though he did not continue his move towards the ball. There were plenty of complaints when Carle ran through.

Then a few minutes later Central Coast were level. Adam Kwasnik forced a combination of Hirofumi Moriyasu and Scott Jamison to foul him just on the edge of the box on the right side.

Perez took the free kick and Simon lept highest. His header could only be palmed into the goal by Reddy.

The game continued to go end to end with both sides having opportunites. Twenty minutes in, Sydney could have regained the lead when a great run by Moriyasu was pulled back to substitute Juho Makela, but the striker sent his shot well over.

At the other end Adam Kwasnik had a clear header on goal, but that went straight to Reddy. Yet, by midway through the half, the changes being made slowed the game down.

Then Sydney made a decision to take off some of their attacking weapons allowing the Mariners to send wave after wave of attack as the game headed towards extra time. Sydney would be left to break and through one of these they gained a freekick.

Jamison took the set play and with Makela drawing some defenders away from the main area of play, Matthew Jurman snuck in but his free header went wide when it was probably easier to get the ball on target. Daniel McBreen tried to claim a ball that evidently went outside the post and that was all left to for the fans to see.

2010/2011 Hyundai A-League - Round 24
5:00pm, Sunday 23 January, 2011
at Central Coast Stadium, Gosford

Central Coast Mariners FC 2
(Patricio Perez 49', Matt Simon 57’)
drew with
Sydney FC 2
(Dimitri Petratos 17’, 27')

    Crowd: 10,546


    Central Coast Mariners FC :
    20. Matthew Ryan (gk), 4. Pedj Bojic, 6. Patrick Zwaanswijk, 8. Royston Griffiths (7. John Hutchinson +62’), 10. Patricio Perez, 11. Oliver Bozanic, 14. Michael McGlinchey, 16. Trent Sainsbury (2. Daniel McBreen +46’), 18. Alex Wilkinson (c), 19. Matt Simon, 23. Adam Kwasnik (22. Mustafa Amini +80’)

    Substitutes not used: 30. Paul Henderson (rgk)

    Coach: Graham Arnold

    Yellow Cards: Pedj Bojic 83'
    Red Cards: Nil

    Sydney FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Liam Reddy (gk), 3. Stephan Keller, 6. Hirofumi Moriyasu, 8. Stuart Musialik, 9. Bruno Cazarine (Juho Makela +62’), 10. Nick Carle, 15. Terry McFlynn (c) (12. Shannon Cole +71’), 17. Matthew Jurman, 21. Scott Jamieson, 22. Byun Sung-Hwan, 24. Dimitri Petratos

    Substitutes not used: 2. Sebastian Ryall, 20. Ivan Necevski (rgk)

    Coach: Vitezslav Lavicka

    Yellow Cards: Stuart Musialik 23’, Nick Carle 44’, Terry McFlynn 71’, Juho Makela 78’
    Red Cards: Nil

    Referee:Srebre Delovski 7/10
    Assistants: Sarah Ho, Rod Allen, 4th official: Gerard Parsons

    BOTN Player Points:
    3. Patricio Perez (CCM)
    2. Dimitri Petratos (CCM)
    1. Oliver Bozanic (CCM)

    Pitch rating: 8/10

    Game rating: 8/10

    Match Report, ratings : Nick Guoth

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