Second placed Sydney FC has beaten a fourth placed Adelaide United 2-0 after a first half Reza Ghoochannejhad strike and substitute Cameron Devlin’s last minute finish.

Sydney FC started with a majority of the possession, winning the ball back effectively and slowly building their momentum as they settled into the game. Reza Ghoochannejhad had the first real chance, stepping over the ball before his low shot was collected by Adelaide’s keeper.

Ghoochannejhad put Sydney in front following great one touch football from the side in blue. Adam Le Fondre slipped a ball into the path of Ghoochannejhad, whose side-footed pass travelled between the legs of Paul Izzo and into the back of the net. Only minutes later another chance for the Sky Blues eventuated, with Ghoochannejhad playing to Milos Ninkovic whose shot was just palmed over the goal by the Adelaide keeper.

The remainder of the first half was dominated by the Sky Blues, particularly Ghoochannejhad who couldn’t seem to get away from the action. The Iranian striker created a number of attacking chances for his side and wasn’t afraid to have a crack at goal himself either.

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The best chance of the first 45 minutes for the Reds came towards the end of the first half. Mirko Boland set up Ryan Strain on the right side, but his fiery shot glanced wide of the post. Adelaide did well to keep out Sydney’s attacking chances for the most of the first half, but the Sky Blues went into the change room with the one goal advantage.

Joshua Brilliante got the second half rolling with a powerful volley, but the midfielder’s strike was sent over the bar. Michael Marrone responded with his own strike from distance, but he too lifted the ball above the crossbar.

An Adelaide counter attack almost resulted in the Reds equalling the score line, but luckily for the Sky Blues George Blackwood’s effort flew into the side-netting. At the other end, Ghoochannejhad had yet another goal scoring chance, only for the ball to soar across the face of goal.

After Sydney’s dominant first half performance, the second half seemed to level the sides out with more equal possession and attacking opportunities. Both teams were playing end to end, with chances for Milos Ninkovic and Ghoochannejhad for the Sky Blues along with George Blackwood and Ken Ilso Larsen for the Reds.

Right at the death of the match, substitute Cameron Devlin was played in the ball after Brandon O’Neill broke away on the counter attack. Devlin placed the ball low and hard, doubling the lead for the home side.

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Although Adelaide put on a much more thorough second half performance, it wasn’t enough to overcome the Sky Blues who came away with the win after Ghoochannejhad’s first half goal and substitute Cameron Devlin’s last minute strike.

Sydney FC’s win brings them 3 points closer to runaway leaders Perth Glory, and leaves the side in good stead going into their first AFC group stage game on Wednesday. Meanwhile, fourth placed Adelaide United missed out on a crucial 3 points coming into the business end of the season, especially with their next A-League match being against the first placed Glory.

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Sydney FC: 2 (Reza Ghoochannejhad 15′, Cameron Devlin 90+4′)

Adelaide United: 0 

 

Stadium: Leichhardt Oval

 

Referee: Kurt Ams

Assistant Referee: Lance Greenshields and Scott Edeling

Fourth Official: Stephen Lucas

 

Sydney FC: Andrew Redmayne (GK), Benjamin Warland, Alexander Wilkinson, Joshua Brillante, Michael Zullo, Adam Le Fondre, Milos Ninkovic, Brandon O’Neill, Reza Ghoochannejhad, Anthony Caceres, Rhyan Grant, Luke Ivanovic (78′), Cameron Devlin (81′), Aaron Calver (90′)

Unused subs: Aleksander Cisak (GK), Mitchell Austin

 

Adelaide United: Michael Marrone, Scott Galloway, Ryan Strain, Vince Lia, Isaias, Craig Goodwin, George Blackwood, Nathan Konstandopoulos, Jordy Thomassen, Paul Izzo (GK), Mirko Boland, Ryan Kitto (72′), Ken Ilso Larsen (83′), Louis D’Arrigo (85′)

Unused subs: Daniel Margush (GK), Carlo Armiento

 

Feature Image Credit: Jaime Castaneda

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