Sydney FC too good for Young Mariners

By Ray Sandell:

National Youth League – Round 3

Saturday 9 November 2013

at Mariners Centre of Excellence, Tuggerah

K.O. 10.30am

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Central Coast Mariners FC 1
(JoshuaForbes 51)
lost to
Sydney FC 2
(Anthony Tomelic 6, Daniel Petkovski 56)

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The weather was more akin to surfing, but neither team had their minds on the beach during this well contested match, played on a hot, humid, breezy Saturday morning.

The Mariners continued its policy of playing young players, with the exception of Adam Kwasnik, badly in need of match practice following his injury, whilst the Sydney FC included of a sprinkling of players with first grade experience.

Sydney attacked from the kick off, and it was not long before they made their mark. An attack down the left hand side saw the ball go to Anthony Tomesic over on the right hand side and he unloaded an unstoppable shot from 20 metres that flew past Mariner’s ‘keeper David Bradasevic into the left hand side of the goal to open the scoring.

Sydney continued to dominate with former Mariner’s youth player Mitchell Mallia causing problems for the young Mariners, and it was twenty minutes before Sydney goalkeeper Anthony Bouzanis was troubled. The ball went to Steve Whyte who passed to Dillon Vorster in a goal scoring position, but his shot went flying over the crossbar.

The Mariners seemed to be getting into their stride but poor passing and bad finishing put an end to many of their attacks. Just before the half time break Bradasevic was again called into action and produced two outstanding saves within a minute when, firstly Mallia, and then Alec Urosevski tested him when both seemed about to increase the Sydney lead.

It was a Mariners team with a different attitude that started the second half however, and they immediately put Sydney under pressure. They firstly won a corner, from which Michael Neill shot just wide of the post, and then earned a free kick out on the left hand side. Captain Jesse Curran sent a perfectly flighted ball into the Sydney penalty area and the tall Mariner’s defender Joshua Forbes rose high to head the ball into the net for the equaliser.

Mariners took heart from this event and a minute later Kwasnik saw his shot from close range hit the post and bounce away!

Sydney immediately stirred into action and within three minutes the had retained their lead when Daniel Petkovski saw the Mariners defence out of position and took aim and scored with a well placed shot. Three minutes later he thought he had added to his tally but Bradasevic produced another great save to deny him.

With fifteen minutes of play remaining Sydney’s Max Burgess unleashed a savage tackle on Curran and was immediately shown the red card. Curran was helped off the field and took no further part in the game.

Mariners tried everything to score the equaliser but the Sydney defence stood up to their efforts, and at full time it was the visitors who took home the three points to maintain their position at the top of the Youth League table.

The young Mariners team again showed that whilst they may have a hard season ahead of them, they will be competitive. As in the match against Newcastle Jets they were very competitive but bad finishing and poor passing when in possession of the ball is causing them problems. Coach Patrick Zwaanswijk has the experience to cure them of these bad habits.

Sydney FC deserved to win this match and will be very hard to beat this season.

MATCH STATS:

Crowd: Approx 80.

Central Coast Mariners FC: Player listing: 1 David BRADASEVIC (gk) (c), 2 Jacob ESPOSITO (Adrian VLESTELICA 54), 3 Joshua FORBES, 5 Liam ODELL, 6 Jesse CURRAN (c),  And 7 Dillon VORSTER, 8. Nathan VERITY (Patrick DIXON 54), 9 Adam KWASNIK , 10 Dominic FERGUSON, 14 Steve WHYTE (Daniel McFARLANE 54), 18 Michael NEILL.

Subs not used: 12 Tonu LIBAND (gk).

Coach: Patrick ZWAANSWIJK.

Yellow Cards: Michael NEILL 6min, Adrian VLASTELICA 81min, Joshua FORBES 83min, Liam ODELL 90min.

Red Cards: Nil

SYDNEY FC: Player Listing: 1. Anthony BOUZANIS (gk), 3. Aaron CALVER, 4. Jacob TRATT (c), 5 Daniel PETKOVSKI, 6. Dylan CATON (10 Hagi GLIGOR), 8. Max BURGESS, 9. Mitchell MALLIA, 11. Alec UROSEVSKI, 14. Joshua McDONALD, 18. Anthony TOMELIC (Nikola TANESKI 55), 19. Matthew JURMAN (15 Themba MUATA-MARLOW 45).

Sub not used: 20 Tristan PRENDERGAST (gk).

Coach: Steve CORICA.

Yellow Cards: Max BURGESS 34min, Matthew JURMAN 45min, Aaron CALVER 50min.

Red Cards: Max BURGESS 78min

Referee: Adam GEHRIG

Assistant Referees: James CLEAL, Joshua CORNICK

Fourth Official: Trent NASH.

Players to watch:

Central Coast Marines:, Steve Whyte, Michael Neill,  Jacob Esposito

Sydney FC: Daniel Petkovski, Mitchell Mallia, Alec Urosevski.

Report by Ray Sandell

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Photos: Chris Dunkerley