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Unbeatable Galekovic earns win for Reds

A hard earned clean sheet for Eugene Galekovic proved the difference as Adelaide United stole the points in a 1-0 win against Sydney FC.

Despite dominating the game, Sydney was unable to get past the veteran shot-stopper, and a late goal from Awer Mabil proved decisive in a crucial encounter that is sure to shape the season, and the race to the Premier’s Plate.

Graham Arnold’s side took three points in an impressive win against an albeit depleted Wellington Phoenix outfit last week. Shane Smeltz was suspended after a red card, but Marc Janko returned from international duty in a like-for-like swap in attack. Janko, who was the only change from the side, partnered Bernie Ibini in attack, in the youngster’s 100th A-League appearance.

A goal from Marcelo Carrusca saw the Reds take three points in a less convincing win against struggling Newcastle Jets last week but Adelaide had to do without the Argentine playmaker this week. Nigel Boogaard stepped in to play a more advanced role while Bruce Kamau started for the first time in place of Pablo Sanchez.

Despite dominating proceedings in the opening half hour, Sydney were unable to create any clear cut chances at goal, spare a few nervous moments for Eugene Galekovic as crosses flew in from either flank.

In the latter stages of the first half, Adelaide fought back for some control of the game, though it was tapering out into a fairly lacklustre encounter, hampered by the torrential downpour.

Match Details Full match details »

Date/Time Sat Apr 4, 2015, 7:30 PMStadium Allianz StadiumAttendance 11,585Referee Chris Beath




Yellow Card10′ J.JeggoYellow Card38′ N.BoogaardYellow Card50′ D.McGowanYellow Card74′ I.SanchezYellow Card78′ M.MarroneGoal82′ A.MabilYellow Card90′ O.MalikYellow Card90′ S.Cirio

The best chance of the half came just before the break as Galekovic’s sharp reflexes ensured the sides remained deadlocked. A one-two combination between Janko and Alex Brosque broke the offside trap and saw Brosque in on goal. His shot took the slightest deflection which saw Galekovic readjust to dart down low to his left and parry the ball out for a corner as the effort looked destined to sneak inside the near post.

Meanwhile, Adelaide failed to fire a single shot in the half, the first time they have done so in A-League history.

The game sprang to life in the second half and five minutes in, Janko thought he had put the hosts in front. The Austrian met Milos Dimitrijevic’s free-kick and beat Galekovic at long last, but the assistant referee correctly called for offside and the goal was disallowed.

The early stages of the second half – not unlike the first – were characterised by a marauding run up the right flank from Ibini, followed by a remarkable reflex save from Galekovic from the resulting attempt at goal from the increasingly frustrated Sky Blues.

With ten minutes left and completely against the run of play, Galekovic unleashed Awer Mabil on the right flank who turned into the box and fired past Vedran Janjetovic to give Adelaide the lead.

The game was not won yet though, and Galekovic was on hand to save the Reds yet again, though questions were raised over whether or not a penalty should have been awarded. George Blackwood was released inside the box, but was hindered by the Adelaide defender who appeared to be pulling his shirt. Blackwood persisted and fired a shot across the face of goal, but was denied by the Adelaide shot-stopper.

The win sees Adelaide at the top of the table, pending the result of tomorrow’s clash between Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne Victory.


Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Year’ Votes
3 Eugene Galekovic (Adelaide United)
2 Bernie Ibini (Sydney FC)
1 Milos Dimitrijevic (Sydney FC)
Youth Bernie Ibini (Sydney FC)

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avatarBorn and raised in Melbourne, Bill is a student journalist at Monash University and life-time fan of the round ball game.

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  • britesparke

    Arnold was spruiking about the “long ball” tactics of Adelaide earlier in the week….lo and behold, his side falls victim to said tactics tonight! Gombau will be laughing all the way back to Adelaide. Brilliant performance from Galekovic in providing the “long ball” to Mabil and making countless saves.