Adelaide United vs. Western Sydney Wanderers  1 - 0


A-League: Adelaide United 1 Western Sydney Wanderers 0

12 October 2012 13:07

Adelaide United have snatched a 1-0 victory over the A-League's new boys, Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday.

In a lacklustre affair that didn’t spring to life until the final 30 minutes, the Reds claimed all three points late in the second half when Argentine import Jeronimo Neumann scored his first domestic goal for the club.

Neumann looked set to become the game's villain when his tame 58th minute penalty was easily saved by Wanderers goalkeeper Ante Covic, before he made amends and buried the winner on 69 minutes.

The second consecutive win takes Adelaide momentarily to the top of the table while Western Sydney remain in the bottom half on a solitary point.

Within seconds of the whistle being blown, Reds defender Daniel Bowles almost handed marquee star Shinji Ono – making his first competitive start for the Wanderers – his first goal in the red and white following a miscued pass, but the Japanese midfielder fired over.

Adelaide finally carved out the first real chance of the game - which had half of the 8,950 strong Hindmarsh crowd on their feet believing they had taken the lead - on 16 minutes from Neumann.

A neat first touch allowed the forward to control Cassio's mid-height cross and rifle a shot into the side netting.

With the game locked and a tense atmosphere setting in, Croatian midfielder Mateo Poljak almost opened the scoring for the visitors on 32 minutes when he hit a rasping shot towards goal that dipped on Reds captain Eugene Galekovic causing the gloveman to swat at the ball as it almost trickled in.

After a static opening to the second half, the Reds finally threatened in the 58th minute, almost breaking open the deadlock.

Reds attacker Fabio Ferreira raced down the right-wing and crossed to the back post where Iain Ramsay met the ball with a diving header destined for the net until Covic aerobically denied the 24-year-old.

Adelaide soon gained momentum and again opened the away side's defence, as Ferreira raced away only for Nikolai Topor-Stanley to clumsily bring down the former Chelsea reserve man inside the area on 64 minutes.

After consultation with his linesman, referee Brenton Hayward awarded the spot-kick, but Neumann hit a tame effort to the left of Covic who easily parried away the penalty.

Neumann wouldn't be denied five minutes later when he snatched the winner with a delightful finish.

Led by Ramsay's counter-attack, United broke clear over the half-way line as Neumann and Ferreira sprinted up in support.

Ramsay held the ball intelligently before threading a neat through ball that beat the offside trap to Neumann on the right who tucked away the goal with a low chip over the on-rushing Covic into the far corner of the net.


Vidosic ruled out of Wanderers clash

11 October 2012 07:03

Adelaide have suffered a huge blow on the eve of their clash against Western Sydney with Dario Vidosic ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Vidosic, who has a history of hamstring niggles, limped from the training ground on Thursday.

It marks the second time in as many months the 25-year-old has been cut down by the injury after aggravating the troublesome area in a pre-season fixture.

The silky attacker has been in fine form since recovering from the pre-season hiccup, scoring the opener and assisting Iain Ramsay's sealer in the 2-0 win over the Newcastle Jets on Sunday.

Reds coach John Kosmina confirmed that Vidosic would miss Friday's A-League match at Hindmarsh Stadium and would require an MRI scan.

"Dario couldn't finish training, so he's not playing. His hamstring tightened up again - the one he's had issues with in the past," Kosmina said.

"Pete Chitti (Adelaide United physiotherapist) had a look at him and thinks he will probably need an MRI.

"It’s a big blow because he played really well last week, and we weren't going to make any changes in terms of the squad (to face Western Sydney).

"We will just make sure he is fit before using him again … get it cleared up and look at why it's reoccurring."

Kosmina brushed aside suggestions that Vidosic was rushed back.

The former Sydney FC coach said Adelaide's recent travels would have contributed to the injury.

"If there was a problem it would have shown up before now but it's obviously only shown up in the last couple of days," Kosmina said.

"He came off in the first leg (of the AFC Champions League quarter-final against Bunyodkor) because we lost Nigel Boogaard (to a red card) and wasn't rushed back too quick for that.

"He then had two weeks of recuperation before playing 120 minutes in Bunyodkor and 90 minutes against Newcastle last week.

"One of the things we were always wary of was getting them up for this week because it would be difficult due to the travel and fatigue and most of the players having slept a hell of a lot more than they'd usually do.

"If you have got any niggles and you're not training they tend to show up later rather than sooner, and unfortunately it's too late for Dario."

Striker Sergio van Dijk will be another absentee for the Reds when they meet the Wanderers after only returning to training on Thursday.

The target-man picked up an injury in the 3-2 ACL second-leg loss to Bunyodkor last Wednesday and missed his side's opening-round victory over the Jets.

A-League table

# Team MP D P
1 27 +20 57
2 27 +26 54
3 27 +3 44
4 27 +1 41
5 27 +4 35
6 27 -2 32
7 27 -10 32
8 27 -15 31
9 27 -9 27
10 27 -18 27
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