Casey gives Fury the win at Brolga Park
12:43 AM Sat 31st Jul, 2010 - Admin
Adelaide United FC failed to finish its pre-season campaign on a winning note after going down 0-1 to North Queensland Fury at Brolga Park in Townsville tonight.
A 70th minute strike from Fury midfielder Adam Casey proved the difference in what was the Reds’ final hit out before their Hyundai A-League season opener against the Newcastle Jets next Friday night at Hindmarsh Stadium.
With passionate Reds supporter, Federal Sports Minister Kate Ellis MP, watching on from the stands, United ran out for just the second time under new Head Coach Rini Coolen.
The first half was a keenly contested affair as players from both sides pushed their case to be considered for a starting berth in Week 1.
Despite plenty of end to end action, the closest either side came in the opening 45 minutes was when the Fury’s Chris Grossman broke loose on the counter in the 38th minute, but he could not capitalise on the chance as it remained nil all at half time.
Short term signing Cameron Watson was given his first run as he was introduced for Adam Hughes at the start of the second half.
Keen to impress in front of their home fans, the Fury continued to probe forward after the break and in the 61st minute they were awarded a penalty when Reds defender Nigel Boogaard brought down Isaka Cernak.
However, despite making just his first appearance of the pre-season, Eugene Galekovic proved he was still at the top of his game as he reeled off a fine save from Gareth Edds’ spot kick to keep scores level.
As both teams searched for an opening goal, the deadlock was eventually broken in the 70th minute when Casey launched a shot from 25 yards that managed to beat Galekovic.
Coolen brought on young trialist Bradley Norton and Inseob Shin soon after but they could not inspire the Reds to an equaliser as the Fury held onto their lead to the final whistle.
Despite the loss, Coolen was not too concerned by the result as he continues to mould his game style into the squad and have the Reds ready for next Friday night’s match against the Jets.
Tickets for the August 6 encounter and AUFC 2010/11 memberships are available now through Ticketek.
North Queensland Fury 1 (Casey 70’)
Adelaide United FC 0
Referee: Chris Beath
@ Brolga Park
Adelaide United line-up: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 3.Nigel BOOGAARD, 4.Iain FYFE, 5.Daniel MULLEN, 6.CASSIO, 7.Lucas PANTELIS, 8.Adam HUGHES (24.Cameron WATSON 46’), 9.Sergio VAN DIJK, 10.Marcos FLORES (16.Inseob SHIN 70’), 12.Paul REID, 17.Iain RAMSAY (25.Bradley NORTON 64’)
Substitutes not used: 30.Nick MUNRO (gk)
North Queensland Fury squad: 1.Justin PASFIELD (gk), 4.Eric AKOTO, 5.Mark HUGHES, 7.Gareth EDDS, 11.David WILLIAMS, 14.Chris GROSSMAN, 15.Chris PAYNE, 16.Simon STOREY, 17.Osama MALIK, 19.Isaka CERNAK, 21.Jason SPAGNUOLO, 2.Jack HINGERT, 8.Adam CASEY, 10.Dyron DAAL, 18.Brett STUDMAN, 20.Matthew HAM (gk)
Source: Adelaide United
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