Sunday Territorian 24 Aug 2014
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SUNDAY AUGUST 24 2014 SPORT 59 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA United they fall and foil IT WAS injuries aplenty for Adelaide United in its ALeague pre-season encounter with Melbourne City in Alice Springs yesterday. The right-back position was somewhat cursed as Osama Malik limped off with an ankle injury late in the first half of his sides 1-0 win. His replacement Jordan Elsey lasted only about three minutes, with a sideline tumble resulting in the defender horrifically breaking his wrist and being rushed to Alice Springs Hospital. Decent chances were few and far between in a defensively dominant match, with both goalkeepers among their sides best players. United skipper Eugene Galekovic was marginally better than his City counterpart, former Perth Glory and Melbourne Victory keeper Tando Velaphi, after producing a clean sheet in a composed performance. Striker Sergio Cirio scored the one and only goal of the match within the first minute of play. Adelaides Spanish signing Pablo Sanchez showed some good signs before being subbed off at the main break, while former Scottish Premier League player Dylan McGowan was solid as a rock at centre-back. Teenager Bruce Kamou looks set to feature in coach Josep Gombaus plans in the upcoming season, with the second-half substitute having a massive influence in through the middle. Dual English Premier League winner Damien Duff was a class above the rest for Melbourne City, creating a number of chances from the midfield. 61-time Slovenian international Robert Koren was impressive without reward and Iain Ramsay looked right at home in his new position at left-back against the club he played 82 matches for. It didnt take long for United to find the back of the net as Cirio drove one home with his sides first attack. After a slow start, Melbourne began to put some nice pieces of play together and get better as the half went on. On the quarter-hour mark, Duff produced some trademark brilliance when his leftfoot cross found brilliant leftfoot cross to Mate Dugandzic, but his shot was well blocked by experienced gloveman Galekovic. Both sides had their moments of dominance without capitalising as Adelaides early lead stuck at half-time. Citys prized recruits Duff and Koren nearly combined for an equaliser early in the second half, but Galokevic was once again up to the task. Duff seemed to be involved in any piece of dangerous attacking from the newly rebranded club but time after time his plans were foiled by an ice-cool United defence. Reds have Springs in step after enjoying two tour victories ADELAIDE United coach Josep Gombau was delighted to get two wins from his sides tour of Alice Springs. Gombaus men secured a gritty 1-0 victory over Melbourne City at Anzac Oval yesterday, following on from a 10-0 thrashing of Alice Springs All-Stars on Thursday night. Despite losing defensive pair Jordan Elsey (wrist) and Osama Malik (ankle) to injury in the first half, the Reds held on to keep their impressive pre-season on track. We had a lot of difficulties, especially losing two of our defenders early, he said. Gombau was happy to see fellow Spaniard Pablo Sanchez, a recent signing for the club, have another successful hit-out. Sanchez looked lively in the midfield in just his second match for Adelaide, before being subbed off at half-time. He started for us and looked good, Gombau said. Hes still building his fitness up and should play again up in Darwin in a few days. Another impressive performer for United was 19-year old Bruce Kamou, who made his senior debut in the FFA Cup earlier this month. Kamou came on in the second half and had an immediate impact, creating some opportunities with his pace and agility. Gombau predicted big things for Kamou, who is yet to play an A-League match. If he keeps working the way he is, hell definitely have his time in the A-League, Gombau said. One of Uniteds best all match, centre-back Dylan McGowan, said he enjoyed showcasing the league somewhere different. The two games weve played here weve won, so I cant ask for much more than that, he said. McGowan felt the Reds back-four worked well togeth er on their way to keeping a second consecutive clean sheet in the Red Centre. Its only pre-season, but a clean sheets a clean sheet, he said. Weve got a couple of important games coming up so well look to keep our form going. Up next for the Reds is a clash with Darwins Norzone All Stars in the Top End on Tuesday. Adelaide Uniteds Bruce Kamau controls the ball as he attempts to elude Melbourne City opponent Patrick Kiznorbo during yesterdays A-League pre-season clash at Anzac Oval Picture: PHIL WILLIAMS Darwin takes the win in late charge A 68TH minute Matt Jackson goal gave Darwin a thrilling 1-0 win against Alice Springs in the under-16 soccer curtainraiser at Anzac Oval yesterday. Darwin defender Tony Olango repelled a late foray when captain Matt Crooks helped set up Jackson with the matchwinner. Darwin began with promise with Crooks dominant but it was a match where both teams would rue missed chances. Darwin coach Daymon Port could not have been more pleased. Very impressed and very happy not so much with the result but more about how the soccer program is working, Port said. The Alice teams first chance saw Elliott Richardson at the end of a superb pass from Joe Worrall but the visitors looked more organised. Nathan Grant almost got Darwins first goal but the ball cannoned into the side post. Darwin left-back Shaun Hodors back heeled pass to Grant was a piece of play few could do. Alice goalkeeper Jacob Moore was at the right place at the right time stopping a Matt Jackson goal. Worralls lofted shot was perfectly placed over the Darwin keepers head but only for the ball to take a cruel bounce. Minutes later Shae Brooks almost made Darwin goalkeeper Albert Boeck pay for a horrendous error but Brooks open shot at goal went wide. Lachlan Saunders thwarted another Darwin attempt. Adrian Zulu found space but again a genuine chance for the hosts went begging. Boeck replicated Moores effort minutes earlier but perhaps the best save was again by Moore who engaged in a oneon-one with Darwins Daniel Reeve. Alice Springs coach Steve Jones said the occasion got the better of his team. We had a chat about it at half time and told them to settle down, Jones said. Went in the second half better and we should have blown them away with a couple of our chances. Jones said Nick Schmull and Poonce were superb. Jacob Moore, our keeper, was great and in fact he wouldve been my man of the match. No fond farewell for Balotelli By NICK KOSSATCH By JORDAN McARDLE in Alice Springs FULLTIME A-League Pre-Season: ADELAIDE UNITED 1 (S Cirio 1) d MELBOURNE CITY 0 at Anzac Oval By JORDAN McARDLE MARIO Balotellis departure from AC Milan for Liverpool provoked few tears among Italian fans with many saying good riddance to the controversial striker. Balotelli, 24, left Italy in a private jet on Friday and, provided he passed a medical, was due to be unveiled by Liverpool by the end of the day. For Milan, the $30 million sale of the former Manchester City player is the latest confirmation that the one-time Italian soccer giant has become a selling club. Milan boss Filippo Inzaghi, who has lost Brazilian playmaker Kaka to the MLS, is reportedly pursuing FC Portos striker Jackson Martinez. Mandzukic shoots Atletico to glory A SECOND-minute goal by striker Mario Mandzukic gave Atletico Madrid a 1-0 win against Real Madrid in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup yesterday and overall victory with a 2-1 aggregate score. The first match on Wednesday was a 1-1 draw. A long kick by Atletico goalkeeper Miguel Moya was headed skywards by Madrid defender Raphael Varane and Atleticos midfielder Antoine Griezmann then aimed the ball toward Mandzukic, who beat goalkeeper Iker Casillas with a powerful shot. Atletico had already begun strongly with two fast-paced attacks in the first minute. James Rodriguez began the match on the left wing with Cristiano Ronaldo watching on the bench alongside new goalkeeper Keylor Navas. It was not until the 25th minute that Madrid threatened Moyas goal with a shot by Rodriguez. Last week, Real Madrid defeated Sevilla 2-0 in the UEFA Super Cup in Cardiff.
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