Galekovic delighted with Socceroos debut

January 30, 2009
By Ian McCullough

Adelaide goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic says his starting Socceroos debut against Indonesia was a moment he will treasure - now he's hoping an A-League title can cap off a memorable season.

Galekovic, 27, has been a revelation since his move to Adelaide in October, 2007 and his consistent displays for the Reds earned him a starting spot in Pim Verbeek's side for the 0-0 draw in the Asian Cup qualifier in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Although he was rarely tested in a dour encounter on a heavy surface, the former Melbourne Victory stopper was thrilled with a clean sheet and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of playing in front of almost 90,000 people.

"All the boys seem to enjoy the experience and it was good to catch up with some of the of guys I played with for the young Socceroos," said Galekovic.

"Although it would have been nice to have won, the result was a decent one in the end considering we had very little preparation and a long journey."

Adelaide missed out on the winning the A-League minor premiership by just one goal last week, and now face a Melbourne side that has beaten them three times this season in the two-legged major semi-final starting next Saturday.

Galekovic admitted the Reds were disappointed not to have clinched top spot, but said the three defeats against his former club held no mental scars.

"I think finals football is a totally different kind of game and although I think we would have preferred the second leg at home," Galekovic said.

"It's up to us to put the pressure on them ... by winning the first leg.

"We know they are a good side and although they have beaten us three times they have been pretty close games that could have gone either way, so they hold no fears for us.

"It has been a long season for us but talk of us being tired is a bit off the mark, the boys are all focused on winning the final to ensure we have something to show for a great season."