Sydney survives depth test

Injury, illness and international duty may have thinned the ranks at Sydney FC but the club showed its depth in Sunday’s clash with the Newcastle Jets, with the remaining Sky Blues stepping up and carrying their side back to the top of the Hyundai A-League table


Injury, illness and international duty may have thinned the ranks at Sydney FC but the club showed its depth in Sunday-s clash with the Newcastle Jets, with the remaining Sky Blues stepping up and carrying their side back to the top of the Hyundai A-League table

While happy with the courage shown by his entire side, Sydney FC coach Vitezslav Lavicka made particular mention of the efforts of season debutantes Stuart Musialik, Adam Casey and Sebastian Ryall who helped steer Sydney to a 2-1 win in their first senior outings of the 2009/10 campaign.

“I have to appreciate all players. Hard team working today,” assessed Lavicka. “Not easy, because he (Musialik) played for the first time in the season - first team, same like Seb Ryall, same like Adam Casey. Not easy for them but they showed good character.”

Sky Blues- captain, Steve Corica sealed the win for Sydney FC with a 55th minute spot penalty, and he echoed his coach-s sentiments after the match.

“Even with a lot of players out we showed a lot of fighting spirit,” said Corica.

“Stuey-s fantastic on the ball, he-s a quality player. Adam Casey gives us the width, quickness - Sebastian as well, he-s a very good young talent. They didn-t let us down at all. They were fantastic players and they brought something to the team.”

After returning to the winners list and re-joining Gold Coast United at the top of the table Sydney-s under-strength side will be out to consolidate its round-7 victory when it travels to Brisbane this weekend to face the Roar at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday afternoon.