Hyundai A-League - 2012 - HAL off season

Saints leak 5 goals against Sydney FC
By Peter Rowney

7:30pm, Tuesday 21 August, 2012
at Jubilee Oval, Kogarah

St George Saints FC 0
lost to
Sydney FC 5
((Kruno Lovrek 19', Joel Chianese 30', Yairo Yau 56', Mitchell Mallia 65', Ali Abbas 75')

Photo: Mark Taylor

Sydney FC had a comfortable victory over NSW Super League side St George FC; running away with a 5-0 win at Kogarah's Jubilee Oval on Tuesday evening.

It was the second win in as many games for Sydney FC as they continued their preseason against NSW State League sides, after defeating Macarthur Rams last week.

With a starting lineup which included newcomers such as Fabio, Ali Abbas, Yairo Yau and Trent McClenahan, as well as regulars such Nick Carle and Terry McFlynn, Sydney FC showed a lot more verve than they did last season, dominating the play against the Saints, as should be expected.

It still took until the 19th minute before Sydney took the lead, new signing Kruno Lovrek scoring after a Carle flick and Chianese pass put him through.

Chianese hit the side netting and Yau had a shot cleared off the line by Matt Sadler, before Chianese finally opened his account, lobbing Daniel Nash neatly, to make it 2-0 on the half hour.

St George made some progress, Michael Yarnold showing some good skills as the Saints sought to respond, with half time substitute Stevan Ilic having a golden chance cleared off the line by Rhyan Grant.

But in reality, Sydney FC were too slick and further goals to Yau, Mitchel Malia and Abbas drew the scoreline out to 5-0.

Both sides made numerous changes during the second half, changing in effect their entire sides. One notable change for Sydney FC was the introduction of teenager Tom Slater, the son of ex St George star Robbie Slater, who almost scored but for some expert keeping from Nash.

7:30pm, Wednesday 25 July, 2012
at Cook Park, St Marys

St George Saints FC 0
lost to
Sydney FC 5
(Kruno Lovrek 19', Joel Chianese 30', Yairo Yau 56', Mitchell Mallia 65', Ali Abbas 75')

    Crowd: abt 2,000


    St George Saints FC :
    Daniel Nash (gk), Matt Sadler, Michael Smith, Daniel Fallico, Justin Aramburu, Simon Verrender (c), David Smith, Michael Yarnold, George Lagoudakis, Matthew Miedzinski, Sam Messam

    Simon de Natale, Juan Chavez, Lucas Gonzalez, Stefan Ilic, Pablo Cardozo, Jacob Madden, John Nassif, Stevan Grbevski Substitutes -

    Coach: Kory Babington

    Western Sydney Wanderers FC :
    Player starting listing:
    Ivan Necevski (gk), Fabio, Nick Carle, Terry McFlynn (c), Joel Chianese, Trent McClenahan, Kruno Lovrek, Yairo Yau, Ali Abbas, Rhyan Grant, Daniel Petkovski

    Substitutes -
    Hagi Gugor, Vedran Janjentovic (rgk), Dimi Petratos, Terry Antonis

    Coach: Ian Crook

    Referee: Sebre Delovski
    Assistants: nk

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    Match Report: Peter Rowney

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Photo: Mark Taylor

Photo: Mark Taylor

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