Sunday Territorian 25 Jan 2015
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SUNDAY JANUARY 25 2015 SPORT 63 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Perth heat will be big factor as Victory fights to stay in touch MELBOURNE Victory could lose touch with A-League leaders Perth Glory if they cant win in 30-plus degree temperatures in Perth today. The Victory enter the clash at nib Stadium four points behind the league-leading Glory, meaning that the result either way will be massive. Melbourne will close to within a point if they win, while a Perth triumph will see Glory move seven points clear and almost out of reach. The temperature is sure to mean that scoring early will be crucial as its likely to sap the energy of the players given it is expected to be 32C at kick-off. Perths last home game took place in 35-degree heat when Adelaide United scored a 2-1 win, but both teams lost a player to heat stroke and the conditions affected the quality of play. However, neither team can do anything about the kick-off time in the opening game back from the break for the Asian Cup. Victory coach Kevin Muscat knows his team must perform better than in the 2-1 loss to Glory in Geelong back on January 2 if they still harbour ambitions to claim top spot by the end of the season. This couldnt be a better game for us to get back into it, Muscat said. We go across to Perth and we know its going to be difficult. We are looking forward to getting back into that competitive spirit of trying to get three points. We have worked over the last two weeks on getting our performance better, and even in the last game against them we were disappointed in a few areas that we have really analysed. Glory coach Kenny Lowe is yet to decide if he will start German signing Dragan Paljic, who arrived during the break as a replacement for Youssouf Hersi. Reds hit seventh heaven ADELAIDE United produced a masterclass performance yesterday, hammering the hapless Newcastle Jets 7-0 at Coopers Stadium as the ALeague resumed after a threeweek hiatus. The Reds treated the 10,960 spectators to a hugely impressive display, with Marcelo Carrusca and Bruce Djite both scoring twice. Nigel Boogaard and Sergio Cirio also netted before Isaias capped the win with a contender for goal of the season his first ever goal for the Reds. The win is the clubs best under coach Josep Gombau and the biggest since Uniteds record 8-1 win over North Queensland Fury in 2011. Djite broke the deadlock after just two minutes when Cirio failed to control Craig Goodwins cross and the rebound fell nicely for the striker, who smashed his shot from six yards through the legs of Jets keeper Ben Kennedy. Carrusca doubled the advantage on 23 minutes. He latched onto a sublime nolook, 30m through-ball from Isaias inside his own half, before taking a touch and calmly rounding Kennedy. The Reds continued to surge forward and Newcastles Adrian Madaschi conceded a penalty on the half-hour when he brought down Michael Marrone. Kennedy saved Carruscas initial spot kick when the Argentine attempted a cheeky Panenka, but referee Matthew Conger ordered a retake after Joel Griffiths was found to have encroached. Carrsuca scored with his second effort and Madaschi was immediately substituted for young South Australian Allan Welsh. Boogaard got in on the act with a backheeled goal on 40 minutes and it took just eight minutes of the second half for United to add a fifth, Djite pouncing on Tarek Elrichs blocked shot and picking out the bottom corner of Kennedys goal. With Adelaide in complete control, Gombau took the opportunity to hand a debut to young goalkeeper John Hall on the hour mark. The Adelaide coach said that he was delighted with the Reds ability to make the most of their chances. We are so satisfied with todays game, Gombau said. Today we scored the chances that we have, its important. Sometimes we create but we dont score and today we had this high percentage that every time we arrive (at the goal) we score. Struggling Newcastle Jets coach Phil Stubbins admitted his side was completely outclassed by Adelaide United. Credit to Adelaide, they were just a wonderful product today, Stubbins said. We got smashed from start to finish it couldve probably been more if Im putting my hand on my heart. Return of Arnold the conqueror SYDNEY FC ended their midseason drought with a 5-1 domination of Central Coast as grand final-winning former Mariners coach Graham Arnold returned to Central Coast Stadium in style last night. Marquee striker Marc Janko scored twice for Sydney, who were winless in seven ALeague matches and goal-less in four before the Asian Cup break. But with French-born Senegalese cousins Mickael Tavares and Jacques Faty debuting for Sydney in Arnolds first match back at Gosford as an opposition coach, the Sky Blues burst to life against a lacklustre Mariners. Janko started the rout in the 16th minute when he was left unmarked to bring down a cross from Alex Gersbach and finish with his left foot. The Austrian captains goal was the first for Sydney in 6 hours of A-League action stretching back to a 3-3 draw with Melbourne Victory in round 10. The visitors made it 2-0 just two minutes later when an unmarked Chris Naumoff scored his first A-League goal, sweetly hitting a left-foot strike off a cross from Aaron Calver. Bernie Ibini made it 3-0 in the 44th when given time and space to take a ball through from Alex Brosque and score. There was no respite after the break as Janko was gifted his second goal in the 48th minute when he pounced on Zac Andersons limp back-pass to knock the ball past an advancing Liam Reddy. The hosts had reason to celebrate when Josh Rose took the ball 80m in the 66th minute before drawing keeper Vedran Janjetovic and giving substitute Travis Major an open goal to make it 4-1. Sydney responded in the 72nd minute when Ibini played Janko into space and the Austrian cut back a ball for Brosque to hammer it home. Stunning Sixers earn final Bash SYDNEY Sixers stunned the much-fancied Adelaide Strikers with an 87-run win last night to advance into the Big Bash League final. Chasing Sydneys 4-181, Adelaide who topped the table after the preliminary rounds were all out for 94. The Strikers slumped to defeat before a bumper 52,633 crowd at Adelaide Oval the largest cricket attendance at the venue, eclipsing the 50,962 who watched a day of the infamous Bodyline Test series against England in 1932/33. The crowd figure also was a record for the BBL, surpassing the 46,581 who watched a Melbourne derby two summers ago. Sydney will meet the victor of todays fixture between the Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Stars. The Sixers performed brilliantly to secure their spot in Wednesdays final at Manuka Oval in Canberra. After Nic Maddinson blasted 85 from 46 balls, the Sixers then turned the screws with the ball. Adelaide were 4-38 in the seventh over with Doug Bollinger claiming 3-21 overall. Of Adelaides top seven batsmen, only Brad Hodge (20 from 14 balls), on return from a broken left arm suffered a month ago, passed 15. Kuchar makes run in Humana race MATT Kuchar fired an eightunder-par 64 yesterday to take the lead after two rounds of the PGA Tour Humana Challenge on a day when fellow American Ryan Palmer flirted with a 59. Kuchar, who began on the back nine, rolled in four birdies on one five-hole stretch beginning at No.12 and had a oneshot lead over Michael Putnam after the second round of the $A7 million event. Kuchar is at 15 under (129) after 36 holes. Palmer ended with a record-equalling 11-under-par 61. He was tied for seventh with three others after his spectacular round on the Jack Nicklaus Private Course at PGA West in California. Palmer, who started on the back nine, began the day at one under and eight shots back. After an eagle on 12, Palmer tallied three straight birdies from 13 and followed those up with another eagle on the parfive 16th. Palmer kept rolling with another trio of birdies on 17, 18 and one. His quest for a 59 included birdies on number four and six. Heading to the par-five eighth, Palmer needed to finish eagle-birdie to shoot 59. He birdied eight and made par on the ninth when his birdie putt rolled by the hole. FULLTIME A-League - Round 15 ADELAIDE UNITED 7 (B Djite 2m 54m, M Carrusca 23m 28m pen, N Boogaard 35m, S Cirio 70m pen, I Sanchez 90+4m) d NEWCASTLE JETS 0 at Coopers Stadium. Crowd: 10,960. Referee: M Conger SYDNEY FC 5 (M Janko 16m 48m, C Naumoff 18m, B Ibini 44m, A Brosque 72m) d CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 1 (T Major 66m) at Central Coast Stadium. Crowd: 12,102. Referee: J Gillett. By LEE GAGLIARDI Adelaide United pair Tarek Elrich (left) and Bruce Djite are all smiles after Djite found the back of the net for a second time in yesterdays big win over the Newcastle Jets Picture: CALUM ROBERTSON By CRAIG KERRY
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