Sydney FC and Adelaide United all tied up at Allianz Stadium

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It was a tight, back and forth contest between Sydney FC and their South Australian visitors, however neither side were able to find the winning goal, with the final result left at 2-2.

Both sides eased into the game, each taking it in turns to showcase their ability to turn up the pressure, with early chances squandered in both directions within the first 10 minutes.

It was some indecisive defensive work from Sydney FC which gave Ryan Kitto the opportunity to find the back of the net, putting Adelaide up into the lead early.

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The visitors found some confidence after their goal, which was followed by a number of dangerous-looking opportunities across the Sky Blue goal face.

While Sydney FC seemed to be struggling with injury upon injury, Adelaide kept sharp across all areas of the pitch, until a controversial red card was shown to Hiroshi Ibusuki of Adelaide for a clumsy tackle, causing United to suddenly sit back, which widened Sydney FC’s window of hope just moments before half time.

Sydney FC made their comeback early in the second half with a quick one-two resulting in a cutting goal from Premier League import, Joe Lolley.

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With both sides all tied up, the energy from the home team was quickly raised with a second Sky Blue goal from substitute Patrick Wood, following just five minutes after the first.

Sydney continued to press, but it was a sudden break that caught Andrew Redmayne off-guard. Harry Van Der Sag of Adelaide was the one to pull it back up to an even score sheet with a powerful placement in the back of the net off the head against his former side.

The tensions at Allianz Stadium were raised going into the final 30 minutes, with both teams becoming desperate to find themselves a finisher.

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There was a lot of scrambling play resulting in some messy tackles on both ends of the pitch, with Daniel Elder handing out yellow cards left, right and centre. Even Adelaide United coach, Carl Veart, managed to get himself a yellow.

In the end, neither side was able to find their third goal of the match, with the final result being a 2-2 draw.

 

Sydney FC 2: (Joe LOLLEY 48’), (Patrick WOOD 53’)

Adelaide United 2: (Ryan KITTO 13’) (Harry VAN DER SAG 58’)

 

Allianz Stadium

 

Referee: Daniel Elder

Assistant referees: Andrej Giev, Hugh Fenton-White

Fourth official: Sam Kelly

 

Sydney FC: Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), James DONACHIE, Adam LE FONDRE (Patrick WOOD 20’), Joe LOLLEY, Robert MAK (Adrian SEGECIC 62’), Patrick YAZBEK (Max BURGESS 62’), Anthony CACERES (Alex PARSONS 90’), Diego CABALLO, Rhyan GRANT, Luke BRATTAN, Aaron GURD

 

Unused Subs: Thomas HEWARD-BELLE (GK), Paulo RETRE, Jake GIRDWOOD-REICH

 

Adelaide United: Joe GAUCI (GK), Harry VAN DER SAAG (Nestory IRANKUNDA 62’), Benjamin WARLAND, Louis D’ARRIGO (JAUNDE 73’), Ryan KITTO, ISAIAS, Hiroshi IBUSUKI, Craig GOODWIN, Javi LOPEZ, Benjamin HALLORAN (George BLACKWOOD 90’), Alexander POPOVIC

 

Unused Subs: James DELIANOV (GK), Luke JOVANOVIC, Asad KASUMOVIC, Ethan ALAGICH

 

Feature image credit: Jaime Castaneda

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Neve McGavock
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Studying a Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong. Covering Sydney FC for the 2022/23 season.

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