Hyundai A-League Season 6

Sydney FC rain on
the Heart’s parade
By Shane Derham

A-League 2010/2011 - Round 27
7pm, Saturday 12 February, 2011
at Melbourne Football Stadium

Melbourne Heart FC 2
(Rutger Worm 41’ John Aloisi 62’)
drew with
Sydney FC 2
(Nick Carle 35’ pen, 88')

(Linked from FFA site)

In what should have been the celebration of the ending of two distinguished careers for the Melbourne Heart, Sydney FC has rained on their parade with a late equaliser to Nick Carle.

John Aloisi and Josip Skoko have not only been servants of Australian Football, but of International Football. Both have had prominent careers with both the Socceroos and in Europe for many years. The most memorable moments for both was on home soil while playing for the Socceroos. For Josip, it was his strike against Greece in 2006 before the side ventured off to Germany. For Aloisi, it was in November 2005, when Homebush was set alight with a thunderous roar after he slotted home the winner in the penalty shoot out against Uruguay to qualify for the World Cup Finals for the first time in 32 years.

All three players, Aloisi, Skoko and Gerald Sibon, had a hand in the goals scored tonight.

A flailing arm by Josip Skoko across Hirofumi Moriyasu’s chest, resulted in referee Ben Williams pointing to the spot and punishing Skoko with a yellow card. Nick Carle than slotted the ball to the right to open the scoring in the 35th minute.

The Heart’s response came after Skoko dispossessed Nick Carle. The ball fell at the feet of Gerald Sibon, who found a running Rutger Worm on the right. Worm then slotted the ball past a diving Liam Reddy to even the game up.

John Aloisi’s crowning moment came in the 62nd minute after his long celebrated career finished with a signature left boot to put the Heart in front. The goal came about after Wayne Shroj’s shot was parried by Sydney keeper Liam Reddy and the ball landed in the perfect position for Aloisi’s shot. In true Aloisi style, he removed his shirt and replicated scenes from Homebush, which are etched in the memory of all Australians. The goal has now earned Aloisi the Golden Boot title in the inaugural season of the club with his eighth goal.

This looked like a promising way for the new club to finish their first season, which would be rated as a pass mark. But this was not to be.

The Heart celebrations were suddenly halted after Kristian Sarkies was unable to clear the box with his header and the ball landed at the feet of Nick Carle who drilled it with a left boot to equalise.

The forgotten player of the night, Gerald Sibon, has had his A-League career finished in controversial circumstances. A shocking decision to issue a second yellow card for time wasting, after what Sibon believed was a free kick earned by Simon Colosimo, ends the Dutchman’s A-League career.

For a fledgling club, they have brought a new light to Football in this city. They have created the first cross-town rivalry in the A-League, which has sparked plenty of passion and has divided fans in the city. They also brought world-class individuals on and off the pitch including players in the twilight of their career and young coaches with years of playing experience at the highest level.

Now with an eight-month break until the start of the new season, the club have big shoes to fill for it to progress into the finals next season.

A-League 2010/2011 - Round 27
7pm, Saturday 12 February, 2011
at Melbourne Football Stadium

Melbourne Heart FC 2
(Rutger Worm 41’ John Aloisi 62’)
drew with
Sydney FC 2
(Nick Carle 35’ pen, 88')

    Crowd: 6,019


    Melbourne Heart FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Clint Bolton (GK) 2. Michael Marrone 4. Simon Colosimo (c) 6. Matt Thompson 7. Rutger Worm (22. Nicholas Kalmar +74’) 9. Gerald Sibon 10. Wayne Srhoj 14. Kamal Ibrahim 15. John Aloisi (8. Kristian Sarkies +83’) 16. Aziz Behich 20. Josip Skoko (5. Michael Beauchamp +70’)

    Substitutes not used: Peter Zois (rgk)

    Coach: John van 't Schip

    Yellow Cards: Wayne Srhoj 20’ Gerald Sibon 29’ Josip Skoko 34’ Gerald Sibon 45’ John Aloisi 63’
    Red Cards: Gerald Sibon 45'

    Sydney FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Liam Reddy (GK) 2. Sebastian Ryall (22. Byun Sung-Hwan +58’) 3. Stephan Kellar 6. Hirofumi Moriyasu (7. Brendan Gan +81’) 9. Bruno Cazarine 10. Nick Carle 12. Shannon Cole (11. Kofi Danning +70’) 15. Terry McFlynn (c) 17. Matthew Jurman 18. Juho Makela 21. Scott Jamieson

    Substitutes not used: 30. Dylan Mitchell (rgk)

    Coach: Vitislav Lavicka

    Yellow Cards: Terry McFlynn 45'+1
    Red Cards: Nil

    Referee: Ben Williams /10
    Assistant Referees: James Nicolopoulos, Shaun Evans; 4th Official: Lucien Laverdure

    Pitch rating: 9/10

    Game rating: 7/10

    BOTN Player Points :

    3. Nick Carle (SF)
    2. John Aloisi (MH)
    1. Josip Skoko (MH)

    Match Report by Shane Derham

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