Hyundai A-League Season 6

Sydney FC are either terribly, terribly unlucky .. or ..
By Stephen Webb

A-League 2010/2011 - Week/Round 8
7:30pm, Wednesday 29 September, 2010
at Sydney Football Stadium


Sydney FC 1
(Shannon Cole 37')
drew with
North Queensland Fury FC 1
(David Williams 76')



(Fury 'keeper Justin Pasfield, just in time! - Photo by Stephen Webb for BOTN)

Sydney FC are either terribly, terribly unlucky … or just plain useless.

A great strike by Fury’s David Williams (aided by Liam Reddy’s slippery fingers) cancelled out Shannon Cole’s first half volley, leaving Sydney winless after eight games and anchored at the bottom of the table.

Mark Bridge hit the post and Terry McFlynn had a shot ruled not to have crossed the line. But a wealth of possession in Fury’s half otherwise came to nothing.

Sydney started the game as if they meant business with centre back Stephan Keller crossing from the right.

Alex Brosque had a break but several team-mates let him down with poor first touches. Mark Bridge got to the goal line but could only pull the ball back to keeper Justin Pasfield.

Stuart Musialik linked with McFlynn, who played through the middle for Bruno Cazarine, who was just offside.

Sydney were almost too eager: rushing and messing passes; rushing and committing clumsy fouls. They continued hitting long balls to the front line: a tactic that failed against Gold Coast three days earlier.

Hirofumi Moriyasu, who played well enough as a substitute on Sunday to earn a starting spot against Fury, was justifying his coach’s trust in him.

For Fury, Isaka Cernak made a good run to Sydney’s goal line … and just over the line before making what would otherwise have been a great cross.

It took 15 minutes before North Queensland enjoyed any decent possession in Sydney’s half. A McFlynn foul gave Fury a free kick within shooting distance but it missed target.

McFlynn was much more involved in this game than he was against Gold Coast and Sydney looked better for it. When he beat his marker and crossed from the right Eric Akoto cleared.

Crowd frustration with Sydney’s inability to deliver in front of goal has become habitual. A kid behind me called out, “Stop playing around!” as Sydney passed, passed, passed, flicked, passed, flicked and passed around the D outside Fury’s penalty area.

A through ball lobbed high fell for Brosque but Pasfield got out to him in time to stop the threat.

At the other end, North Queensland passed once, twice, and then Chris Payne shot to the right of goal.

As Sydney moved forward again the kid behind me yelled, “Have a shot! Have a shot! SHOOT!” and finally McFlynn did let one fly and it wasn’t a bad effort.

Rain had been falling and increased in intensity as Sydney attacked again. This time Brosque had a shot … blocked. Sung-Hwan Byun had a long shot … high.

Sebastian Ryall had a horror night with errors; one of the worst gifting the ball to Payne on the edge of the penalty area. Mercifully for Ryall and Sydney, Payne pushed the ball outside the left post.

Mark Bridge drove a shot high then played Cazarine through with a lovely touch but the Brazilian was again ruled offside.

In the 34th minute Bridge hit the right upright. A Moriyasu shot was blocked by Mark Hughes. How could a team be so dominant and not score!

Then, in the 37th minute, a deflected Moriyasu cross was lobbed on by Bridge and chest-trapped by Cole, who volleyed over Pasfield. Finally! And surely, now that the levee had broken, there’d be a flood.

Hang on: we’re talking about Sydney FC. Within seconds they looked liked giving their lead away. And the rest of the half, far from providing fireworks, was a damp squib. As some perceptive fellow to my right observed, it was just like the team coming last was playing the team coming second last.

North Queensland didn’t turn the game around in the second half, but Sydney certainly provided little joy for the few fans who bothered to follow them out on a cold, wet Wednesday night.

McFlynn hit a poor pass for Cole that was taken by Cernak. But McFlynn made amends, robbed Cernak and played forward for Bridge who shot to Pasfield.

In the 52nd minute, after a long spell of Sydney possession, Williams had a long shot to Reddy. Bridge made a strong run but was surprised by how well Gareth Edds tackled.

Williams was good against Byun, who was replaced by Scott Jamieson (who some fans think should be playing in Byun’s left back position).

Jamieson almost immediately had impact with a good, low cross which led to Cazarine getting to the line and pulling a tempting ball across the face of goal. (Speaking of faces: Jamieson falconed Jack Hingert.) Brosque sprayed a shot following a through ball from Moriyasu.

Simon Storey and Williams put Sydney under some pressure. But Sydney attacked again, with Pasfield collecting a dangerous cross and McFlynn hitting a Brosque pass just wide of the right post.

Eugene Sseppuya won well in the middle of the park but Hingert couldn’t make good use of the ball down the right.

McFlynn fouled Cernak on the left of Sydney’s penalty area but the free kick was easily cleared.

There was no easy clearance in the 77th minute however, when Sseppuya played a throw in from the left corner back to Williams, who struck the ball well from 25 metres. Reddy got his hands to it. Should have stopped it. But didn’t.

An embarrassed Sydney made as if to get their hands back on the three points … but never looked likely. Until McFlynn took the ball himself (as the kid behind me instructed him to) and popped the ball into the goal off the bottom of the crossbar. At least that’s what the crowd around me thought happened. But Pasfield collected the ball and the referee said play on.

The final 15 minutes were a shambles. The crowd angry. Sydney desperate. Fury defending furiously. McFlynn headed a Jamieson cross over the crossbar but North Queensland looked more like scoring.

Chris Grossman shot wide to the left of goal and Sydney’s last effort was much like its first, a cross from Keller just over the head of Cazarine.



A-League 2010/2011 - Week/Round 8
7:30pm, Wednesday 29 September, 2010
at Sydney Football Stadium

Sydney FC 1
(Shannon Cole 37')
drew with
North Queensland Fury FC 1
(David Williams 76')

    Crowd: 6,978

    MATCH STATS:

    Sydney FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Liam Reddy (gk), 2. Sebastian Ryall, 3. Stephan Keller, 6. Hirofumi Moriyasu, 8. Stuart Musialik, 9. Bruno Cazarine, 12. Shannon Cole, 14. Alex Brosque, 15. Terry McFlynn (c), 19. Mark Bridge, 22. Byun Sung-Hwan (21. Scott Jamieson +59')

    Substitutes not used: 20. Ivan Necevski [rgk], 5. Hayden Foxe, 17. Matthew Jurman

    Coach: Vitezslav Lavicka

    Yellow Cards: Stuart Musialik 54'
    Red Cards: Nil

    North Queensland Fury FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Justin Pasfield (gk), 4. Erik Akoto, 5. Mark Hughes, 7. Gareth Edds (c) (3. Bradley McDonald +76'), 11. David Williams, 13. Andre Kilian, 14. Chris Grossman, 15. Chris Payne (2. Jack Hingert +63'), 16. Simon Storey, 17. Osama Malik (9. Eugene Sseppuya +57'), 19. Isaka Cernak

    Substitutes not used: 28. Sebastian Usai (rgk)

    Coach: Frank Straka

    Yellow Cards: Eric Akoto 17', Andre Kilian 56', Jack Hingert 83', Eugene Sseppuya 86'
    Red Cards: John Curtis 68’

    Referee: Ryan Shepheard 8/10
    Assistant referees: Murray Wilson, Sarah Ho; Fourth official: Kurt Ams

    Pitch rating: 6/10

    Game rating: 5/10

    BOTN Player Points :

    3. Terry McFlynn (Sydney)
    2. Alex Brosque (Sydney)
    1. David Williams (NQF)

    by Stephen Webb

Special Picture Gallery (All for BOTN by Stephen Webb)


(Bridge sets up cole)


(Cole about to score)


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