October 12, 2012
Neumann downs Western Sydney
caption:Jeronimo Neumann hit the winner
An ice-cool goal by Adelaide United's Argentinian import Jeronimo Neumann clinched a 1-0 win over A-League newcomers Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday night.
Jeronimo missed a contentious penalty but a minute later made amends with deft finish as the Reds banked consecutive wins to open their season.
Wanderers midfielder Mateo Poljak went within a whisker of scoring the fledgling club's first A-League goal.
But Jeronimo's classy second half strike dealt defeat to Western Sydney after their scoreless draw on debut against Central Coast last week.
Jeronimo was played into space in the 69th minute by a shrewd Iain Ramsay pass and the Argentine closed on goal as Wanderers keeper Ante Covic made a make-or-break dash towards him.
Jeronimo coolly placed a left-footer past the approaching keeper and it trickled into the net to delight the 8950 spectators at Hindmarsh Stadium.
A minute earlier, Jeronimo failed to convert a penalty after Adelaide winger Fabian Ferreira went to ground after jostling with Wanderers defender Nikolai Topor-Stanley.
While the penalty call appeared harsh, Jeronimo pushed his spot kick too close to Covic, who made a relatively comfortable save diving to his left.
The minute of action came after an opening half punctuated by skill errors and turnovers, with Poljak's near-miss in the 32nd minute a rare highlight.
Poljak launched a speculative 30 metre shot which caught Adelaide goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic off guard - the Reds captain parried with one glove and the ball bounced into a side bar.
The Wanderers also had a late chance to equalise when Labinot Haliti found space in the box in the 88th minute, but his well-connected header was cut off by Galekovic.
Adelaide United coach John Kosmina was rapt his players were able to follow last week's season-opening win with another victory.
"It was good that we backed up from last week," he said.
"We were rusty early on but in the second half we started to look good."
Wanderers coach Tony Popovic said he found heartening signs despite the loss.
"We came up against a match-hardened side but there were some good patches for us," he said.
"We go away disappointed with the result but there are certainly positives there."
|Adelaide United||Western Sydney FC|
|1 Eugene Galekovic||1 Ante Covic|
|3 Nigel Boogaard||5 Michael Beauchamp|
|6 Cassio||3 Adam D'Apuzzo|
|12 Anthony Golec||4 Nikolai ToporStanley|
|16 Daniel Bowles||17 Youssouf Hersi|
|17 Iain Ramsay||8 Mateo Poljak|
|14 Cameron Watson||6 Jerome Polenz|
|2 Osama Malik||21 Shinji Ono|
|22 Fabio Ferreira||19 Mark Bridge|
|11 Bruce Djite||9 Dino Kresinger|
|21 Jeronimo Neumann||10 Aaron Mooy|
|30 John Hall||Jerrad Tyson 20|
|19 Bark-Dogg||Tarek Elrich 11|
|8 Marcelo Carrusca||Iacopo La Rocca 16|
|23 Evan Kostopoulos||Labinot Haliti 7|
|· Squads: Adelaide United | Western Sydney FC|