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Adelaide, Sydney share points in open contest

Sydney FC have held Adelaide United to a 2-2 draw in front of 11,785 fans at Coopers Stadium on Friday night.

All of the goals came in the first period with Sergio Cirio claiming a brace with strikes in the 2nd and the 45th minute, whilst Matt Simon and Filip Holosko both found the back of the net for the Sky Blues towards the latter stages of the first half.

For the Round 18 clash, Guillermo Amor handed a starting debut to Stefan Mauk with the former-Melbourne City man replacing Marcelo Carrusca in midfield whilst Bruce Kamau, Michael Marrone and Sergio Cirio filled the places of Craig Goodwin, Jordan Elsey and Bruce Djite.

With young defender Alex Gersbach on his way to Europe, Seb Ryall returned to the starting lineup for Sydney FC whilst Matt Simon, Chris Naumoff and Milos Dimitrijevic replaced George Blackwood, Andrew Hoole and Brandon O’Neill.

Adelaide opened the scoring within the first two minutes of play in bizarre fashion. Seb Ryall’s attempted clearance of a dangerous cross collided directly into the oncoming Sergio Cirio with the ball ricocheting fortuitously off of the Spaniard and into the goal.

With the home side taking an early lead, Sydney looked to hit back instantly and came close in the 6th minute after Jaques Faty found a pocket of space and released a shot on target, but Eugene Galekovic saved the defender’s effort comfortably.

The Reds had the opportunity to double their lead in the 19th minute with a long-range free kick from Isaias, but whilst the midfielder’s shot contained plenty of power, the ball clattered against the crossbar and out for a goal kick.

Match Details Full match details »

Date/Time Fri Feb 5, 2016, 7:40 PMStadium Coopers StadiumAttendance 11,785Referee Chris Beath


Goal2′ S.CirioYellow Card39′ T.ElrichGoal45′ S.CirioYellow Card61′ J.ElseyYellow Card73′ P.Sanchez Alberto


Yellow Card35′ M.SimonGoal37′ M.SimonGoal45′ F.HoloskoYellow Card90′ M.Tavares

Sydney struggled to create many chances throughout the first half with Adelaide maintaining a strong defensive setup, but the Sky Blues managed break past and found an equalizer in the 37th minute. A well-delivered cross from Filip Holosko was met by Matt Simon who dived ahead of Dylan McGowan to nod the ball home to level the scores at 1-1.

The 45th minute saw Adelaide regain their lead with Bruce Kamau skipping into the Sky Blues’ goal box and setting up Sergio Cirio who expertly dispatched his second goal of the game.

However, Sydney hit back once again deep into first half injury time. Milos Ninkovic did well to pick out Filip Holosko who charged towards goal with ball and tapped a shot past Galekovic to take a 2-2 scoreline into half-time.

United had a golden chance to regain the lead in the 66th minute with Marcelo Carrusca drifting in a cross for Stefan Mauk who released a shot from directly in front of goal, but the midfielder’s attempt was blasted high over the crossbar.

Sydney FC were far more adventurous in the second half and had a great opportunity via Milos Dimitrijevic who attempted a long-range drive in the 77th minute, but the Serbian’s strike only managed to produce an excellent save from Adelaide captain, Eugene Galekovic.

The 88th minute saw Reds fans hold their breath as Milos Ninkovic sent a curling effort towards goal from outside the box, but the shot only marginally evaded the target.

The game broke wide open in second half stoppage time, but neither side could snatch a winner, with the 2-2 scoreline characterizing what was a tightly contested affair.

The Reds will now be looking ahead to their Asian Champions League qualifier on Tuesday night, with an away trip to the Central Coast scheduled for next Sunday. Meanwhile, Sydney host Perth Glory, hoping to return to winning ways.


Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Season’ Votes
3 Sergio Cirio (Adelaide United)
2 Isaias (Adelaide United)
1 Milos Ninkovic (Sydney FC)

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