Sydney defeat Adelaide in second half nail-biter

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Sydney FC are back to their winning ways, defeating Adelaide United 2-1 at Jubilee Stadium thanks to Siem de Jong’s superb first half free kick and Jacob Tratt’s header.

It was a bright start for Sydney FC, with the hosts fashioning a number of early chances whilst keeping the Reds mostly pressed into their own half. The Sky Blues maintained possession well with Adam Le Fondre and Daniel De Silva both having attacking opportunities saved by Adelaide’s in-form goal keeper Paul Izzo.

The 13th minute saw Milos Ninkovic taken down on the edge of the 18 yard box. Siem de Jong stepped up to take the free kick, superbly swinging the ball over the wall and into the top left corner, making the score 1-0 to the home side.

Adelaide worked themselves into the game towards the second part of the first half, with Ken Ilso being the most threatening player to the Sky Blues defence. Sydney FC were able to hold onto their 1-0 lead going into half time.

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Sydney FC went up 2-0 only three minutes into the second half after a corner found Jacob Tratt who powerfully headed the ball home. Adelaide responded quickly, winning a penalty only a minute later after substitute George Blackwood was tripped in the box by Aaron Calver. Craig Goodwin converted from the spot, placing the ball low and to the right of Redmayne making the score 2-1 to the Sky Blues.

Siem de Jong almost scored his brace in the 63rd minute. The ball hit the back of the net following a Le Fondre back-pass, but the VAR disallowed the goal, ruling that the Dutchman had come back from an offside position.

Most of the second half attacking opportunities were in the Sky Blues favour, with Tratt shooting from range and captain Alex Brosque just a second late to clean up the spilled ball from Izzo. Siem de Jong had another opportunity to complete his brace in the 79th minute but his shot was deflected wide.

Adelaide thought they had an equaliser in the 90th minute after Nikola Mileusnic slotted the ball away, but their efforts were deemed offside, leaving the end score at 2-1 to the home side.

The three points from Sydney FC’s win puts the club equal 2nd on the ladder with Melbourne Victory. Next week the Sky Blues will be back at Jubilee Stadium to take on Newcastle Jets, while Adelaide United will be eager to snatch three points from the Western Sydney Wanderers away from home.

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Sydney FC 2 (Siem de Jong 13’, Jacob Tratt 48′)

Adelaide United 1 (Craig Goodwin 50’)

 

Stadium: Jubilee Stadium  

 

Referee: Adam Kersey

Assistant referee: Ashley Beecham and Kearney Robinson

Fourth official: Benjamin Abraham

 

Sydney FC: Andrew Redmayne (gk), Aaron Calver, Alexander Wilkinson, Joshua Brilliante, Michael Zullo, Adam Le Fondre, Milos Ninkovic, Daniel De Silva, Brandon O’Neill, Jacob Tratt, Siem de Jong, Alex Brosque (64′), Paulo Retre (81′)

Unused subs: Aleksander Cisak (gk), Anthony Caceres, Luke Ivanovic

 

Adelaide United: Paul Izzo (gk), Scott Galloway, Ryan Strain, Vince Lia, Isaias, Ken Ilso Larsen, Craig Goodwin, Nikola Mileusnic, Michael Jakobsen, Jordan Elsey, Benjamin Halloran, George Blackwood (45′), (Michael Marrone 75′), Ryan Kitto (75′)

Unused subs: Daniel Margush (gk), Nathan Konstandopoulos

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Lani Johnson
Bachelor of journalism student from the University of Sydney covering Sydney FC. Passionate about writing and football.

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