December 31, 2012
Adelaide thump Sydney FC 3-0 in A-League
Adelaide United maestro Dario Vidosic scored twice to orchestrate a 3-0 drubbing of an off-key Sydney FC in Monday night's A-League match.
Vidosic's first-half brace, and a second half tap-in by Iain Ramsay at Hindmarsh Stadium, ensured the Reds keep snapping at the heels of ladder leaders Central Coast.
Second-placed Adelaide remain two points shy of the Mariners, who earlier on New Year's Eve downed Perth Glory 1-0.
Vidosic's double took his tally to eight goals in an influential season - he also hit the cross bar with an audacious curling 20 metre free kick, and struck a side post with another hat-trick attempt.
But more importantly for the 10,934-strong Adelaide crowd, Vidosic helped break the Reds' two-game losing sequence, opening his account with an 18th minute header.
Creative Marcelo Carrusca delivered a nifty pass which Iain Ramsay wisely let run for teammate Cassio, streaming down the left.
Cassio's cross found an air-borne Vidosic, whose header floated into the top right corner of the net.
Just 11 minutes later, Vidosic sliced through slack defence before passing to frontman Bruce Djite, who was felled by a tackle from behind by defender Sebastian Ryall.
Vidosic calmly slotted the penalty and the Sky Blues were on their way to a ninth loss in 14 matches.
Adelaide winger Ramsay rubbed salt into Sydney's wounds in the 61st minute after Djite outmuscled Ryall, charged at goal, and aimed a low left-footer at goal.
The shot was well saved by diving goalkeeper Vedran Janjetkovic but the rebound fell kindly into Ramsay's path and he tapped in from two metres.
Sydney, without injured star Alessandro Del Piero, were hampered by the loss of midfielder Adam Griffiths who hobbled off in the 12th minute with a leg injury.
The Sydneysiders have now conceded a whopping 30 goals this season and will return to the bottom of the ladder should Melbourne Heart defeat or draw with Newcastle on Tuesday.
Adelaide United coach John Kosmina said the Reds could have scored seven or eight goals, such was their weight of scoring chances.
"It was a really good, solid performance," he said.
Reds defender Nigel Boogard was substituted with tightness in a hamstring as Kosmina warned of a challenging January including away matches against Newcastle, Melbourne Heart and Central Coast.
"We have a tough month in January ... it's not going to be easy," he said.
Sydney FC coach Frank Farina agreed his side could have copped eight goals, saying the match turned into a "virtually a training run" for the Reds.
"To be brutally honest, we were outplayed," he said.
Midfielder Griffiths' early exit was caused by knee medial ligament strain suffered last week, but Farina expected Del Piero to return against Perth on Saturday.
|Adelaide United||Sydney FC|
|1 Eugene Galekovic||20 Vedran Janjetovic|
|3 Nigel Boogaard||18 Trent McClenahan|
|5 Iain Fyfe||8 Adam Griffiths|
|6 Cassio||2 Sebastian Ryall|
|16 Daniel Bowles||15 Terry McFlynn|
|17 Iain Ramsay||23 Rhyan Grant|
|10 Dario Vidosic||7 Brett Emerton|
|14 Cameron Watson||12 Blake Powell|
|8 Marcelo Carrusca||26 Peter Triantis|
|11 Bruce Djite||17 Terry Antonis|
|23 Evan Kostopoulos||21 Yairo Yau|
|20 Paul Izzo||Matthew Nash 33|
|7 Zenon Caravella||Aaron Calver 28|
|22 Fabio Ferreira||Hagi Gligor 24|
|21 Jeronimo Neumann||Alec Urosevski 27|
|Zenon Caravella for Marcelo Carrusca (63)||Aaron Calver for Adam Griffiths (14)|
|Fabio Ferreira for Nigel Boogaard (64)||Alec Urosevski for Yairo Yau (58)|
|Jeronimo Neumann for Iain Ramsay (74)||Hagi Gligor for Terry Antonis (58)|
|Evan Kostopoulos (34)||Aaron Calver (76)|
|· Squads: Adelaide United | Sydney FC|