Sky Blues Earn Solid Point On The Road

Sydney FC 1 (Le Fondre 78’) drew with. Adelaide United 1 (Galloway 45+2’)

Sydney FC have opened their Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season with a 1-1 draw away from home in a tight game against Adelaide with Adam Le Fondre bagging his first Hyundai A-League goal for the club.

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It was a solid point at Coopers Stadium as the Sky Blues kick off their 2018/19 season.

Moments That Mattered:

  1. Redmayne save - 21’  – The Sky Blues’ shotstopper pulls off a strong right hand save to deny Goodwin from close range.
  2. De Jong effort – 45’ – Izzo scuffs his clearance to allow Siem de Jong an attempt at a long-range effort.
  3. Galloway goal – 45+2’ – The defender hits a long-range effort that curls into the far to corner.
  4. Le Fondre goal – 78’ – Ninkovic breaks forward on the left and provides a pinpoint cross for Adam Le Fondre to sidefoot home from close range for his first Hyundai A-League goal.

In what was a tense and tight affair from the outset, chances came few and far between in the first half.

The home side were the first to test, however Redmayne produced a fantastic save pushing Goodwin’s point blank shot over the bar.

Dutchman De Jong attempted a cheeky chipped volley after a misplaced keeper clearance before Galloway would find the net from distance, sending the home side ahead at the break.

It was much of the same in the second half before new Sky Blue Le Fondre pounced on a pinpoint low cross from Ninkovic in front of the travelling Cove.

Corica’s men looked the most likely to go ahead after the Englishman’s equaliser but it was not to be as the Sky Blues gained a point in the season opener.

Your Sky Blues are back in action for the huge #SydneyDerby next Saturday night at the historical SCG. #ComeWithUs for this not to be missed epic encounter.

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Rhyan Grant contests possession.

What they said:

Adam Le Fondre: “It was a battling performance tonight. We showed true character and resilience and that’s what we’re about.

“Delighted to score but obviously that’s my job. Ninko put in an inch perfect piece for me.”

Head Coach Steve Corica: “I think once we got the goal, we looked stronger and we were unlucky not to get a win in the end.

“It was a tough game - both teams got stuck in. That’s the first real look at them and we’ll be back here to do a job in two weeks time.”

[On the Sydney Derby] “First game at SCG for a while and it’s against the Wanderers so it should be a fantastic game.

“It’s 13 games now unbeaten since the pre-season so the boys are doing a great job and getting stronger each game.”

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Milos Ninkovic in action.

Sydney FC: 1. Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), 4. Alex WILKINSON, 5. Jop Van Der LINDEN, 6. Joshua BRILLANTE, 7. Michael ZULLO, 9. Adam Le FONDRE, 10. Milos NINKOVIC, 13. Brandon O’NEIL, 14. Alex BROSQUE (21. Charles LOKOLINGOY 86’), 22. Siem De JONG, 23. Rhyan GRANT.

Subs Not Used: 20. Aleksander CISAK (GK), 2. Aaron CALVER, 8. Paulo RETRE, 24. Cameron DEVLIN

Yellow Cards: 4. Jop Van Der LINDEN 27’, 7. Michael ZULLO 42’, 6. Joshua BRILLANTE 52’, 23. Rhyan GRANT 60’

Red Cards: None.

Adelaide United: 20. Paul IZZO (GK), 2. Michael MARRONE, 3. Scott GALLOWAY (10. Ken ILSO 81’), 4. Ryan STRAIN, 6. Vince LIA, 8. ISAIAS, 11. Chris GOODWIN, 22. Mic JAKOBSEN, 23. Jordan ELSEY, 26. Ben HALLORAN, 31. M BOLLAND.

Subs not used: 30. I RICHARDS (GK), 5. Taylor REGAN, 16. N KONSTANDOPOULOS, 32. C ARMIENTO.

Yellow Cards: Ryan STRAIN 40’

Red Cards: None.

Ground: Hindmarsh Stadium

Referee: Jarred Gillett