Hyundai A-League Season 6

Have a shot!
By Stephen Webb

A-League 2010/2011 - Round 8
3pm, Sunday 26 September, 2010
at Sydney Football Stadium

Sydney FC 1
(Bruno Cazarine 20')
drew with
Gold Coast United FC 1
(Bruce Djite 45')

(Sydney's goalscorer Bruno Cazarine tracked by Socceroo Michael Thwaite - Photo for BOTN by Stephen Webb)

Gold Coast, with far fewer shots, slightly less possession and, for over 20 minutes, fewer players, still denied Sydney their first win of the season.

At least Sydney ended Gold Coast’s record of 100 per cent wins against them.

Sydney should have won. But Gold Coast’s defence was too good and Sydney’s attack — despite promising signs with Mark Bridge behind Alex Brosque and recent signing Brazilian striker Bruno Cazarine — continued to crumble when it mattered most.

Sydney had lost all three previous games against Gold Coast and prospects today didn’t look good after Sydney’s youth side copped a hiding. Sydney’s young stars were on national duty and therefore also unavailable to back up for the senior side.

Just as well captain Terry McFlynn and “Killer B” striker Brosque had returned from injury. Brosque certainly added some vim. But still no Nicky Carle.

The sun shone brightly on another poor crowd.

Gold Coast kicked off and went straight for goal.

Sydney’s first chance came in the fourth minute with Brosque supplied through a gap down the middle. Brosque’s first touch played the ball into the path of Adama Traore and Sydney only got a corner, which was easily defended.

Zenon Caravella was good against Scott Jamieson then a ball from the right by McFlynn demanded a diving, punched clearance by Glen Moss.

A series of Sydney gaffes put Liam Reddy under pressure but a high shot from Sung-Hwan Byun completed a good opening ten minutes for the home side.

Brosque was played through to the edge of the Gold Coast penalty area but Moss rushed out and blocked his attempted chip.

Jason Culina was running his arse off. Very often arrogant — but who could blame him? Well, two guys sitting behind me did. Thought the referee should just tell him to go home.

Shannon Cole was good chasing back and robbing Andrew Barisic and the Gold Coast backs continued to head away Sydney’s searching balls forward.

In the 15th minute Mark Bridge was stopped in front of goal after Brosque got into the left side of the box. Sydney kept the pressure on and Moss dived forward to take a soft shot from Jamieson.

Cole was again good hounding Barisic and in the 20th minute Michael Thwaite fouled Brosque. From the quick free kick Sydney won a corner from the right. The corner flew off Brosque’s head for Killer B Three, (Bruno) Cazarine, to head home.

Sydney then lost focus as Gold Coast sought revenge.

Cole stopped Traore crossing from a short corner but Culina did very well taking the ball to the line and crossing for Djulbic to head just wide.

Barisic had a brief chance in front of goal but Reddy and Keller combined to ruin his dreams.

Gold Coast had been causing Sydney a lot of trouble but Sydney regained their composure and recommenced pushing the ball around. Brosque slipped outside the top left corner of the Gold Coast penalty area but squeezed a soft shot across goal. Cazarine was strong holding off Kristian Rees all over his back.

Thwaite was good beating Brosque but Jamieson fouled him.

Bridge played a lovely chip for Cole but Rees caught him late and was rewarded with a yellow card.

Culina was still running hard as Sydney put together another long sequence of passes.

Thwaite bowled Brosque over and Brosque copped a yellow for complaining that nothing was done about it. “You’re f*&^%$# joking ... sir!” (according to the guys behind me).

In the 37th minute Brosque was played into the Gold Coast penalty area and Thwaite did enough to push his shot wide.

Cole earned his yellow (which might have been red had he gone in late rather than early) for what could have been a fine tackle (had he not used both feet).

At the end of the first half a corner from Culina was headed forward by Thwaite into the path of Bruce Djite ... who headed the equaliser. (A soft goal, totally undeserved ... except for Sydney’s failure to defend.)

In response McFlynn shot high and collected the face of a child in the stands.

Early in the second half Sebastian Ryall cut in from the right and found Bridge in front of goal on the edge of the Gold Coast penalty area. His shot was deflected for a corner.

Culina played a nice ball to Steven Fitzsimmons who sweetly skinned Byun but his cross was headed away.

In the 54th minute Stuart Musialik, set up for a long shot, was not far off the top right corner of goal. Cole controlled a clearance well but shot long and very wide.

Hirofumi Moriyasu rarely made a mistake after coming on for Jamieson. Sydney started another slow build up, again ruined on the edge of the Gold Coast box. Moriyasu hit a good shot, blocked by Rees.

Ryall beat Culina and Culina took it out on McFlynn and got a word from the ref.

In the 64th minute Brosque scored Sydney’s second but the game was pulled back for a Sydney free kick on the edge of the Gold Coast penalty area. Byun’s free kick went wide to the left of goal.

Gold Coast’s hero of the previous round, John Curtis, replaced Robson and was immediately red carded for leading with his elbow to the face of Moriyasu.

Thwaite, with a saving header, at least gave Sydney a corner ... totally wasted by Byun. If only Sydney could have borrowed Culina to take their free kicks.

Gold Coast defended steadfastly in tight lines with only Djite forward. Until Fitzsimmons was replaced by the interesting prospect Chris Harold.

Musialik fed Brosque, who hit the right post. Gan, who replaced Cole, won a free kick to the right of the Gold Coast box. Byun hit another dud.

Moriyasu kept looking good. His teammates let him down. Musialik put a long ball to the left post and Gan headed over. Keller shot, Moss spilled and regathered off a defender.

The last five minutes were taken up with Sydney dithering and 9,000 fans yelling, “Have a shot!” or “KICK it!” or “SHOOT!”

A-League 2010/2011 - Round 8
3pm, Sunday 26 September, 2010
at Sydney Football Stadium

Sydney FC 1
(Bruno Cazarine 20')
drew with
Gold Coast United FC 1
(Bruce Djite 45')

    Crowd: 9,977


    Sydney FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Liam Reddy (gk), 2. Sebastian Ryall, 3. Stephan Keller, 8. Stuart Musialik, 9. Bruno Cazarine, 12. Shannon Cole (7. Brendan Gan +82'), 14. Alex Brosque, 15. Terry McFlynn (c), 19. Mark Bridge, 21. Scott Jamieson (6. Hirofumi Moriyasu +57'), 22. Byun Sung-Hwan

    Substitutes not used: 20. Ivan Necevski [rgk], 5. Hayden Foxe

    Coach: Vitezslav Lavicka

    Yellow Cards: Alex Brosque 36', Shannon Cole 45'
    Red Cards: Nil

    Gold Coast United FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Glen Moss (gk), 3. Michael Thwaite, 5. Robson (24. John Curtis +67' (RC)), 6. Dino Djulbic, 7. Zenon Caravella, 10. Jason Culina (c), 11. Bruce Djite, 16. Kristian Rees, 19. Andrew Barisic (2. Steve Pantelidis +60'), 22. Adama Traore, 23. Steven Fitzsimmons (27. Chris Harold +77')

    Substitutes not used: 20.Scott Higgins (rgk)

    Coach: Miron Bleiberg

    Yellow Cards: Kristian Rees 32’, Michael Thwaite 65’
    Red Cards: John Curtis 68’

    Referee: Ben Williams 9/10
    Assistants: Sarah Ho, Scott Edeling; 4th official: Ryan Shepheard

    Pitch rating: 6/10

    Game rating: 6/10

    BOTN Player Points :

    3. Jason Culina (Gold Coast)
    1. Michael Thwaite (Gold Coast)
    1. Kristian Rees (Gold Coast)
    1. Bruno Cazarine (Sydney)

    by Stephen Webb

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(Red card incident)

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