Corica Pleased As Le Fondre Opens His Account

Sydney FC Head Coach Steve Corica said he was pleased with the Sky Blues’ performance against an Indian Football U23’s side at Macquarie University Sports Fields on Tuesday.

The Sky Blues emerged 3-0 victors with Adam Le Fondre scoring his first goal for his new club, while Alex Brosque and Trent Buhagiar also found the back of the net.

It was a comfortable display for the Sky Blues, who dictated the play, as the entire squad got minutes into their legs with new boys Siem de Jong and Adam Le Fondre both impressing.

Corica said the players displayed what they were working on in training, while he was impressed by new boys de Jong and Le Fondre in their first hitout for the club.

“It was a good hit-out today. It’s what we wanted, a good training game,” Corica said.

“They were compact which makes it difficult to breakdown but the boys did that and played well.

“There was a lot of good combinations and patterns we were working on which showed in the game so that was great.

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Milos Ninkovic in action at Macquarie University Sports Fields. Photos by Jaime Castaneda (@jamcas50)

“It was good competitive game that gave the new boys an opportunity to play with our boys for the first time which was pleasing,” he continued.

“[The new boys put in a] very good performance. Alfie scored which is good for a striker and with Siem you could see he’s a quality player.  It’s now just making sure we get him on the ball and he knows what we want from him.

“It’s their first game, it’ll take time to have those combinations with them but they look very good.”

For new number nine Adam Le Fondre it was a performance he was pleased with, scoring his maiden goal.

“It’s pleasing to score, it’s nice to get off the mark in my first game,” he said.

“There were a couple of other chances which I could have done better with but I’m gaming up and looking forward to getting the season going.

“It was a good game. I can see the way we played today suited me really well, we created lots of chances, we got the fullbacks on the ball a lot and that allowed me to get in behind.

“We’ve got quality pocket players and we controlled the play, it was a real good game.

“The boys are really welcoming, it’s been a really easy transition from Bolton to here,” he continued.

“I’ve found my place to live and everything is going well and I’m hitting the ground running.”

Sydney FC kick off their Hyundai A-League campaign away against Adelaide United on Friday 19 October at Coopers Stadium (kick off 7:50pm AEST).