Reds fall Short up North
12:58 AM Sun 29th Nov, 2009 - Admin
The Reds again showed glimpses of promise in attack but were left with little to show for it as they ran into a Fury side keen to rebound after coming off a 5-1 home loss to the Central Coast Mariners last weekend.
North Queensland’s strike duo Daniel McBreen and Robbie Fowler scored either side of the break to take the game away from the Reds, with United’s Brazilian striker Cristiano netting a consolation goal late on.
United went in with an unchanged line up from last round’s draw with Gold Coast United, and with Coach Aurelio Vidmar watching from the stands, he would not have liked what he saw in the opening 45 minutes as the majority of the early opportunities fell to the Fury, McBreen flashing a shot just wide in the 12th minute.
The Reds’ first chance came in the 17th minute when Iain Fyfe played a give and go with Alemao down the right before sending a first time ball into Adam Hughes, the midfielder seeing his shot sail past the wrong side of the far post.
Eugene Galekovic was the busier of the two keepers in the opening half, and he produced a fine save low to his right to prevent McBreen from giving the Fury the lead in the 25th minute.
As he did the last time the teams met, McBreen was causing headaches for The Reds’ defence, his presence again going close to giving North Queensland the advantage just after the half hour.
But in the 39th minute McBreen would not be denied as Fowler provided a delightful pass into the striker at the top of the penalty area, McBreen out positioning Robert Cornthwaite and cannoning his left footed shot past an outstretched Galekovic.
The goal was a wake up call for the Reds, who were being dominated by a Fury side displaying the commitment and vibrancy of a team determined to jump off the bottom of the table.
Failing to test Fury keeper Justin Pasfield in the opening half would have been a concern for stand in Coach Phil Stubbins, who introduced hard working midfielder Fabian Barbiero at the start of the second half to try and spark United.
The Reds did come out a different outfit after the break, Kristian Sarkies and Cassio both forcing saves from Pasfield with venomous long range efforts.
But just as United started to get into the groove, Fowler bobbed up in the 66th minute to knock home his ninth goal of the season, albeit with the help of a deflection off the boot of Cornthwaite, to make the Reds’ task even more difficult.
Needing a quick fire response, in the 74th minute Barbiero went close when he pulled the trigger, but Pasfield again managed to keep the shot out.
With 10 minutes to go, Fyfe had a great chance to set up a tense finale but he failed to make the most of an accurate Mathew Leckie cross to the back post.
Despite the humid conditions, The Reds finished the game the stronger and Cristiano’s clinical finish a minute into injury time gave the visitors a glimmer of hope, but it was all too late and they would be forced to leave Dairy Farmers Stadium without a point as North Queensland leap-frogged them on the table.
“At the end of the day it’s a bad result for the club. We came here certainly confident and buoyed by how well we did on the track leading up to the game but having said that, we just fell short again,” a frustrated Stubbins said after the match.
“The first half was not as good a performance as we would have hoped for, and I take my hat off to North Queensland Fury, they certainly dictated the game in the first half.”
“We were probably unlucky not to have got ourselves back in the game with a goal in the second half. Thereafter we conceded what you could say was a lucky goal, and then we got ourselves back into the game but we left it too late to get a draw.”
United’s squad returns home for what now becomes a crucial home match against the Newcastle Jets at Hindmarsh Stadium on Friday night (4 December 2009). Tickets for the match are available through Venue*Tix (call 8225 8888, online at www.venuetix.com.au).
Adelaide United FC 1 (Cristiano 90+1’)
North Queensland Fury 2 (McBreen 39’, Fowler 66’)
Referee: Peter Green
Crowd: 5,356 @ Dairy Farmers Stadium
Adelaide United line-up: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 2.Robert CORNTHWAITE, 3.ALEMAO (18.Fabian BARBIERO 46’), 4.Iain FYFE, 6.CASSIO, 7.Lucas PANTELIS (9.CRISTIANO 67’), 8.Kristian SARKIES, 10.Adam HUGHES (14.Scott JAMIESON 82’), 13.Travis DODD (c), 19.Mathew LECKIE, 21.Mark RUDAN
Substitutes not used: 20.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk)
Yellow Cards: Sarkies 58’, Rudan 59’, Fyfe 89’
Red Cards: Nil
North Queensland Fury line-up: 20.Justin PASFIELD (gk), 2.Robbie MIDDLEBY (14.Chris GROSSMAN 46’), 9.Robbie FOWLER (c), 11.David WILLIAMS (7.Jason SPAGNUOLO 53’), 12.Jack HINGERT, 16.Paul KOHLER, 19.Daniel MCBREEN, 21.John TAMBOURAS, 23.Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 26.Matthew SMITH, 27.Terry COOKE (10.Jeremy BROCKIE 68’)
Substitutes not used: 1.Paul HENDERSON (gk)
Yellow Cards: McBreen 16’
Source: Adelaide United
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