Sky Blues down Macarthur Rams 1-0
Hyundai A-League Champions Sydney FC recorded a last minute 1-0 win over a well drilled Macarthur Rams at Campbelltown Stadium on Tuesday night.
In their second game of the 2010/11 preseason, Hyundai A-League Champions Sydney FC recorded a last minute 1-0 win over a well drilled Macarthur Rams at Campbelltown Stadium on Tuesday night.
In front of over 2,100 local fans the Sky Blues dominated the first half but couldn-t break through the Rams defence before snatching a 90th minute winner through striker Dimitri Petratos.
After a five on three break a frantic ten seconds of shots on goal and attempted clearances ended with Petratos smashing home the winner to maintain coach Vitezslav Lavicka-s unbeaten run in preseason fixtures.
Sydney FC-s next preseason match will be against the Marconi Stallions at Marconi Stadium on Wednesday 30 June. Kick-off is at 7:30pm.
Although not getting on the score sheet, Sydney FC controlled the game in the first half but to the Rams credit they played a cohesive brand of football and proved stiff opposition.
Playing left midfield, Scott Jamieson caused the Rams endless headaches, controlling the play with crisp passing and excellent vision creating a number of attacking chances.
A clever one-two from Alex Brosque and Argentinean trialist Luciano Olguin almost resulted in the games first but for Brosque-s skidding cross being cleared off the line.
The Sky Blues looked to have finally found the net in the 38th minute when Olguin headed a curling cross into the bottom corner but it was disallowed as the he was judged to have fouled the defender.
On the verge of halftime, the Rams almost took the lead however excellent positioning from Ivan Necevksi saw him make a strong save which ended the half.
Lavicka put Mark Bridge, Nick Carle, Stephan Keller and Nathan Sherlock on to start the second half, taking off Hayden Foxe, who was a pillar of strength at the back, Glen Trifiro, Brosque and Jamieson.
In a dour second half, a long range Shannon Cole shot rattled the Rams crossed bar and a strong run and shot from Petratos proved the only other highlights.
Trialist Hirofuni Moriyasu (APIA), striker Joey Gibbs (Manly), midfielder Brendan Gan (calf), Stuart Musialik (hip), Rhyan Grant (ankle), Matt Jurman (foot), Sebastian Ryall (wrist) and Kofi Danning (knee) all missed the match through State League club commitments or injury.
Sydney FC team: 20. Ivan Necevski (gk), 12. Shannon Cole, 5. Hayden Foxe, 13. Antony Golec, 22. Sung-Hwan Byun, 18. Glen Trifiro, 15. Terry McFlynn (c), 21. Scott Jamieson, 6. Terry Antonis, 14. Alex Brosque, 9. Luciano Olguin, 4. Nathan Sherlock, 10. Nicky Carle, 19 Mark Bridge, 16 Demitri Petratos, Tommy Crjack,