Retre’s double wins game for Sydney

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Sydney were missing Milos Ninkovic and Rhyan Grant for the fixture but still found a way to win through a Paulo Retre double.

Adelaide should have scored early. Neat work from James Troisi and Riley McGree ended in Ryan Strain hitting the woodwork from distance.

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Sydney’s first chance came as Joel King played the ball to Adam Le Fondre, with the Englishman passing to Kosta Barbarouses who forced Paul Izzo into a save.

A costly slip from Michael Jakobsen allowed Barbarouses one-on-one with Izzo who saved it, only for the ball to be headed onto the bar and cleared off the line – both from Le Fondre shots.

Sydney scored from the following corner to make it 1-0. Retre tapped it home after another save from Izzo was not cleared.

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Retre had a double shortly after to make it 2-0. The move started with the midfielder, who played the ball into Alexander Baumjohann.

The ball was played by Barbarouses, passing to Retre who scored Sydney’s first goal of the campaign from outside the box.

Adelaide halved the deficit just before half-time. A free-kick whipped in by Troisi found McGree alone in the box where the youngster converted for a 2-1 scoreline.

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In the second half, Jordan Elsey had a miss of the season contender, squandering an open goal following a corner.

Jordan Swibel had a chance to win the game when he went one-on-one with Izzo late on but the goalkeeper stood tall.

Swibel then went on a surging run where he played in Le Fondre who curled just wide.

Sydney FC: 2 (Retre 20′ 26′)
Adelaide United: 1 (McGree 38′)

Jubilee Stadium
Attendance: 10,219
Referee: Adam Fielding
Assistant Referee: Owen Goldrick, Greg Taylor
Fourth Official: Stephan Lucas
VAR: Alex King

Sydney FC: Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), Harry VAN DER SAAG (Michael ZULLO 76′), Ryan MCGOWAN, Alexander WILKINSON (c), Joel KING, Luke BRATTAN, Paulo RETRE, Anthony CACERES, Alexander BAUMJOHANN, Kosta BARBAROUSES (Jordan SWIBEL 87′), Adam LE FONDRE.

Unused subs: Adam PAVLESIC (GK), Patrick FLOTTMANN, Calem NIEUWENHOF, Marco TILIO, Ryan TEAGUE.

Adelaide United: Paul IZZO (GK), Ryan STRAIN (Michael MARRONE 81′), Jordan ELSEY, Michael JAKOBSEN (c), Michael MARIA, Louis D’ARRIGO, Riley MCGREE (Kristian OPSETH 67′), James TROISI, Benjamin HALLORAN, Nikola MILEUSNIC (Ryan KITTO 72′), George BLACKWOOD.

Unused subs: Dakota OCHSENHAM (GK), Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS, Lachlan BROOK.

Feature image credit: Jaime Castaneda.

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Jordan Warren
Football mad, Bachelor of Journalism student at UOW. Liverpool to win the league. Covering Sydney FC in the A-League and W-League for 2019-20.