Late Williams strike sinks Sydney FC
by Tomasz Ng:
Hyundai A-League 2013/14, Round 17
7:30pm, Friday 31 January – AAMI Park, Melbourne
Melbourne Heart FC 2
(Jonaton Germano 52’, David Williams 89’)
Sydney FC 1
(Corey Gameiro 39’)
A solo effort by David Williams in the dying minutes of the match helped a 10 men Melbourne Heart defeat Sydney FC 2-1 in an action packed 90 minutes at AAMI Park.
Orlando Engelaar saw red for a late challenge on Hagi Gligor in the 33th minute, and Sydney made the most of the advantage with a goal by Corey Gameiro.
The home side showed plenty of resolve after the break however and Germano’s strike in the 52nd minute levelled the contest.
Williams then won it with a typical poacher’s effort after Heart had soaked up plenty of Sydney pressure.
It was a result that Heart thoroughly deserved, not least on the balance of play before Engelaar’s sending off.
They almost took the lead in the 11th minute when Aziz Behich and Harry Kewell combined on the left side of the pitch from a counter attack, but when the fullback screwed his finished just wide of the post.
van ’t Schip had deployed Behich in an unusual role, at times playing as a false fullback or an inside forward on the left side.
The ploy worked a treat as Behich was the centre of all the best attacks Heart produced in the first half an hour.
Sydney FC who were so dominant in their confidence boosting 5-0 win over Melbourne Victory on Australia Day, had to be content with soaking up pressure and playing on the counter attack.
In the 16th minute, Milos Dimitrijevic pounced on a loose ball in midfield after a clever dummy from Alessandro Del Piero and took a pot from from 25 yards that clipped the crossbar on the way over.
The Serbian midfielder was in fine touch and a couple of minutes later released Gameiro with a well weighted long pass, but the forward was unable to beat Redmayne as he bore down on goal.
Then a moment of controversy in the 35th minute saw Orlando Engelaar shown a a straight red for a poor tackle on Sydney youngster Gligor.
That allowed Sydney to gain the upper hand in the contest and they took the lead four minutes later when Andrew Redmayne spilled a deflected cross from Ali Abbas.
The ball rebounded straight into the path of Gameiro who had the simple task of slotting the ball into an empty net.
Heart did not give up however and came out with intent in the second half.
Their endeavours paid off early on, when Germano scored the equaliser in the 52nd minute.
Germano had initially been played in by a flick of from Kisnorbo, and the Argentine thought he’d scored when lobbed the on-rushing Janjetovic, but Matt Jurman was on hand to acrobatically clear the ball.
Unfortunately for Sydney, the clearance only went as far as the penalty spot and Janjetovic spilled the ball straight to Germano, and the midfielder gleefully accepted the chance to score.
Gameiro tried his best to restore Sydney’s lead soon after by harrying the Heart defence, but after sniffing out the opportunity, his finish went wide of the post.
Heart were now content to absorb all the pressure Sydney threw at them at were restricted to counter attacking opportunities.
As the match was coming to a close, Heart gave Sydney a big scare in the 87th minute when Robbie Wielart poked a shot at goal from a blocked free kick, but Janjetovic was on hand to block the shot.
It was a warning sign Sydney did not heed, and Williams found acres of space a couple of minutes later and drove into the box.
After a couple of dummies cutting inside, Williams curled a wonderful finish past the outstretched keeper to hand Heart a well earn victory.
Melbourne Heart FC:
1. Andrew Redmayne [GK], 3. Robbie Wielart, 4. Orlando Engelaar, 7. Iain Ramsay (15. David Williams +69’), 8. Massimo Murdocca, 10. Harry Kewell (c)(6. Patrick Gerhardt +90’), 13. Jonatan Germano, 16. Aziz Behich, 17. Jason Hoffman, 23. Mate Dugandzic (19. Benjamin Garuccio +77’), 24. Patrick Kisnorbo
Unused Substitutes: 20. Tando Velaphi [GK], 22. Nicholas Kalmar
Yellow Cards: Behich 36’, Redmayne 90+4’
Red Cards: Engelaar 35’
20. Vedran Janjetovic [GK], 2. Sebastian Ryall, 4. Ranko Despotovic, 5. Matthew Jurman, 6. Nikola Petkovic, 9. Corey Gameiro, 10. Alessandro Del Piero, 19. Nick Carle (11. Richard Garcia +60’), 21. Milos Dimitrijevic (Alec Urosevski +77’), 22. Ali Abbas, 24. Hagi Gligor
Unused Substitutes: 1. Ivan Necevski [GK], 25. Daniel Petkovski, 28. Matthew Thompson
Yellow Cards: Dimitrijevic 17’, Janjetovic 41’, Gligor 44’, Petkovic 51’
Red Cards: Nil
Referee: Jarred Gillett
Assistants: David Walsh, George Lakrinidis, Shaun Evans
Pitch Rating: 10/10
Game Rating: 9/10
3. Jonatan Germano (MH)
2. Milos Dimitrijevic (SFC)
1. David Williams (MH)
By Tomasz Ng