United inflict defeat on Fury
11:23 PM Sat 28th Aug, 2010 - Admin
For the second successive week, Adelaide United FC has won a nail biter defeating North Queensland Fury 3-2 at Dairy Farmers Stadium in Townsville tonight, and in the process inflicted the Fury’s first home loss in eight games.
The Reds prevailed in an intriguing five goal thriller as they held off a Fury outfit that has developed a reputation as the Hyundai A-League’s fast finishers.
A brilliant Marcos Flores strike cancelled out Isaka Cernak’s opener for the Fury as the sides went in 1-1 at the break, before the Reds added two goals early in the second half to take a commanding lead.
However as they have done all season, North Queensland stormed home and pulled a goal back in the 87th minute, the Reds managing to survive a late wave of Fury attacks to secure a valuable win away from home.
“After that goal we didn’t drop our heads and for the next 70 minutes we were the better team,” United Head Coach Rini Coolen said.
“In the last 20 minutes we weren’t happy, we made it difficult and they scored a goal. Three weeks ago we lost points but we didn’t do it now, the character of the boys was fantastic and we just need to work on that last 20 minutes.”
“We played good football, we scored three goals in an away game, I’m happy with the win and the way they played today.”
The home side shot out of the blocks when they took the lead in the 8th minute, Eugene Sseppuya sending a cross in from the right and despite late pressure from Reds right back Cameron Watson, the accuracy of Cernak’s well directed header managed to beat Eugene Galekovic.
It was hardly the ideal start for the Reds, but less than a quarter of an hour later they hit back when Flores lit up Dairy Farmers Stadium with a first class finish.
After a well constructed build up, Paul Reid picked out Flores ten metres out with his back to goal, the Argentine chesting the ball to his favour before swivelling and firing a brilliant volley on the turn to give Fury keeper Justin Pasfield no chance.
The quality of the strike was befitting for Flores’ first in Adelaide United colours, the playmaker’s debut goal coming in his fifth Hyundai A-League appearance.
With their confidence growing, the Reds started to enjoy extended periods of possession and they went close to taking the lead twice before half time.
Reid nearly caught Pasfield off guard with a tantalising free kick in the 36th minute before Sergio van Dijk went inches away from his first United goal in the Hyundai A-League, the Dutchman’s header only denied by a top drawer full length save from the Fury keeper in the 41st minute.
The Reds could have felt disappointed not to be in front at the break, but five minutes after the restart they took the lead.
More Flores magic saw him release Leckie, the youngster doing well to keep the ball alive and send it back into a dangerous area for Lucas Pantelis. The United skipper’s shot from 12 metres appeared to be heading wide but it was threatening enough to worry Fury defender Brett Studman, who turned the ball into his own net.
Daniel Mullen then extended the lead to two six minutes later with his first Hyundai A-League goal, rising unchallenged to meet a Pantelis corner and head the ball past a helpless Pasfield.
New signing Joe Keenan came on with less than ten minutes to go as Coolen looked to sew up the three points with the introduction of the experienced midfielder.
But as was the case against the Heart last Friday night, there would be more to the script as David Williams reduced the deficit in the 87th minute when he found the back of the net from the edge of the area after the Reds defence failed to close him down.
United was made to endure a nervous three minutes of injury time but the Reds kept their cool in the warm conditions and held on as they recorded back to back victories and maintained their unbeaten start to season six.
United now looks ahead to another challenging away trip to face reigning champions Sydney FC at the Sydney Football Stadium next Saturday.
Adelaide United’s squad will return to Adelaide at 6.05pm tomorrow night (Sunday 29 August 2010).
North Queensland Fury 2 (Cernak 8’, Williams 87’)
Adelaide United FC 3 (Flores 22’, Studman 50’ (og), Mullen 56’)
Referee: Peter Green
Crowd: 6,130 @ Dairy Farmers Stadium
Adelaide United line-up: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 4.Iain FYFE, 5.Daniel MULLEN, 6.CASSIO, 7.Lucas PANTELIS (c), 8.Adam HUGHES, 9.Sergio VAN DIJK (17.Iain RAMSAY 76’), 10.Marcos FLORES (26.Joe KEENAN 81’), 12.Paul REID, 19.Mathew LECKIE, 20.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 24.Cameron WATSON
Substitutes not used: 16.Inseob SHIN, 20.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk)
Yellow Cards: Leckie 84’
Red Cards: Nil
North Queensland Fury line-up: 1.Justin PASFIELD (gk), 2.Jack HINGERT (3.Brad McDONALD 67’), 5.Mark HUGHES, 7.Gareth EDDS, 9.Eugene SSEPPUYA, 11.David WILLIAMS, 15.Chris PAYNE, 16.Simon STOREY, 17.Osama MALIK (6.Ufuk TALAY 59’), 18.Brett STUDMAN, 19.Isaka CERNAK (10.Dyron DAAL 59’)
Substitutes not used: 20.Matthew HAM (gk)
Yellow Cards: Malik 46’
Red Cards: Nil
Source: Adelaide United
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