Hyundai A-League Season 6

Reds stay top with close win over Jets

A-League 2010/2011 - Round 6
Saturday 7pm, 11 September, 2010
at Hindmarsh Stadium

Adelaide United FC 1
(Mathew Leckie 23’, Marcos Flores 66')
Newcastle Jets FC 1
(Sean Rooney 90')

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Report courtesy of Adelaide United:

Adelaide United FC has stretched its winning run to four games, after the Reds defeated a dogged Newcastle Jets outfit 2-1 at Hindmarsh Stadium tonight.

While the Reds fell a goal short of the rare feat of scoring three goals in four consecutive matches, usual suspects Mathew Leckie and Marcos Flores both found the back of the net in another inspiring and highly entertaining United display, to ensure the Reds keep their position at the top of the Hyundai A-League table.

Leckie capitalised on a superb Cassio cross to open the scoring in the 23rd minute, before Flores followed up with another goal of high quality in the 66th minute to seal the three points.

While Head Coach Rini Coolen was satisfied the Reds were able to secure another three points, he was more pleased with the fact that his team managed to win despite not being at his sharpest.

“I don’t think we played our best game today. We started well, scored a good goal and controlled the game,” Coolen said. “We lost a little bit of control in the game (in the second half) and then it was a terrific goal from Flores, that was a real good moment for us and after that we controlled the game again.”

“We were the better team today. It wasn’t our best but if you play bad or not as good as last week and still win your points in your home games, then it gives us a good feeling for the moment, but we can do better.”

The Reds were hosting Newcastle for the second time in their opening three home games, but this time around it was under contrasting circumstances, United aiming to extend a three game winning streak, while the Jets were fronting up after a week of off field uncertainty and still searching out to find their first win.

With the home side’s movement and cohesion a feature as the Reds dominated in midfield, it was seemingly just a matter of time before the Reds made it count, and in the 22nd minute Leckie obliged with is third goal in four games.

Brilliant work from Cassio on the left side on the penalty area, saw the Brazilian deliver a pinpoint cross to find Leckie completely unmarked, the youngster making no mistake with his header, as he beat Jets keeper Ben Kennedy at the near post to give Adelaide the lead.

The Jets needed a response and on the half hour they nearly had it, when Jeremy Brockie had Eugene Galekovic beaten with a curling shot from just inside the area, but the post came to United’s rescue, then Reds keeper producing a sharp save from Adam D’Apuzzo’s effort from the rebound to keep the ball out.

Moments later Galekovic was perfectly positioned again to prevent Zhang Shuo from equalising, Kennedy doing the same at the other end to keep out a stinging Flores effort.

Their lead may have only been one goal, but there were a number of positives signs for the Reds, Cameron Watson holding his own at right back, while Adam Hughes looks a new player this season after an indifferent debut campaign, the midfielder dangerous in attack and winning the tough fifty-fifty contests in the defensive half.

Despite the openness of the first half contest, there was no addition to the score with the Reds holding their one goal advantage at the break.

There were few chances at either end in the opening stages of the second half, the Reds required to increase their defensive pressure, with the Jets lifting a gear as they tried to get back into the game.

But then in the 66th minute Flores sent United further ahead with a sublime piece of individual skill and contender for goal of the year. Taking possession and running at a retreating and worried Jets defence, the Argentinean faked twice to his left before maneuvering his way into the penalty area and losing three defenders in the process, before smashing a left footed shot into the top corner of the net giving the home crowd their moneys worth.

With three points seemingly safe in their keeping, Coolen had the luxury of giving Flores an early rest with 12 minutes to go, the home side content to run down the clock. Then with injury time looming, a nonchalant back pass from Cassio for Galekovic came undone, gifting Sean Rooney the ball, who managed to score a late consolation goal for the visitors.

A-League 2010/2011 - Round 6
Saturday 7pm, 11 September, 2010
at Hindmarsh Stadium

Adelaide United FC 1
(Mathew Leckie 23’, Marcos Flores 66')
Newcastle Jets FC 1
(Sean Rooney 90') /b>

    Crowd: 9,571


    Adelaide United FC :
    Player listing:
    1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 4.Iain FYFE, 5.Daniel MULLEN, 6.CASSIO, 7.Lucas PANTELIS (c) (26.Joe KEENAN 84’), 8.Adam HUGHES, 9.Sergio VAN DIJK, 10.Marcos FLORES (17.Iain RAMSAY 78’), 12.Paul REID, 19.Mathew LECKIE, 24.Cameron WATSON (2.Robert CORNTHWAITE 63’)

    Substitutes not used: 30. Mark Birighitti (rgk)

    Coach: Rini Coolen

    Yellow Cards: Nil
    Red Cards: Nil

    Newcastle United Jets FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Ben KENNEDY (gk), 3.Adam D’APUZZO, 4.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 5.Ljubo MILICEVIC, 6.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 7.Kasey WEHRMAN (21.Brodie MOOY 77’), 8.Michael BRIDGES (c) (19.Ali ABBAS 67’), 9.Zhang SHUO (15.Sean ROONEY 58’), 11.Tarek ELRICH, 16.Jeremy BROCKIE, 18.Marko JESIC

    Substitutes not used: 40. Matthew NASH (rgk)

    Coach: Branko Culina

    Yellow Cards: Ljubo Milicevic 28'
    Red Cards: Nil

    Referee: Ben Williams

    Pitch rating: na/10

    Game rating: na/10

    BOTN Player Points :

    na 2.
    na 1. na

    Match Report by BOTN, with Adelaide United's Dom Rinaldo

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