Player Ratings: Adelaide United 0 Sydney FC 0 – Youthful Reds push...

Player Ratings: Adelaide United 0 Sydney FC 0 – Youthful Reds push champions all the way

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An under-strength Adelaide United lineup fought hard for a 0-0 draw against league leaders Sydney FC on Sunday night. 

Adelaide United

Daniel Margush – 7.5: Saved his side on a couple of occasions with some decent stops.

Michael Marrone – 8.5: Proper no-nonsense defensive performance from the full-back, who made a couple of key interventions to ensure the clean sheet.

Jordan Elsey – 9: The centre-half was resolute in the air, and intelligent on the ground; an integral component of Adelaide’s remarkable clean sheet.

Ersan Gulum – N/A: Was a key cog in United’s solid defensive unit early on, but unfortunately for the hosts was forced off the field late in the first half after a heavy knock.

Ryan Strain – 8: Engineered a couple of golden chances in the first half, one of which rattled the crossbar. Was one of the young Reds who took the game to their well fancied opponents.

Mark Ochieng – 6: Looked a threat at times with the half-chances he created, but more importantly led Marco Kurz’s side with some high-intensity pressing bursts which kept Sydney uncomfortable.

Isaias – 7.5: The skipper was one of the best on the park in the first half, however his impact dissipated a little as Sydney asserted dominance midway through the second. Wrestled his way back into proceedings to ensure his team came away with a point.

Daniel Adlung – 7: Worked hard in the centre of the park alongside his captain, making some useful interceptions and tackles.

Jordan O’Doherty – 7: The midfielder impressed in bursts with his outstanding work ethic, and tidy dribbles. Booked late for delaying the restart.

Lachlan Brook – 6: The 16-year-old delivered an admirable performance on his A-League debut. Had a decent opportunity to write the headlines, however blazed his 52nd minute effort over the bar.

Apostolos Stamatelopoulos – 6.5: Ultimately provided nothing decisive in terms of goals or assists, but last round’s hero was an all-round menace for the Sky Blue defence to deal with.

Substitutes

Ben Warland – 7: Introduced in the 40th minute after Gulum’s withdrawal, the young defender did no harm in contributing to the Reds’ defensively sound performance.

Kristin Konstandopoulos – N/A: Handed his A-League debut by Marco Kurz, replacing fellow youngster Brook inside the final half-hour.

Pacifique Niyongabire – N/A: Became the third debutant of the day, introduced for Mark Ochieng with 10 minutes to run. His first involvement saw bore a booking for a careless challenge on Brilliante. 

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Sydney FC 

Andrew Redmayne – 6.5: After a week where the gloveman celebrated his birthday as well as a new contract with the Sky Blues, he had little to do.

Luke Wilkshire – 6: The former Socceroo fought hard with his youthful opponents, however was by no means at his best.

Jordy Bujis – 8.5: The Dutchman was elegant yet efficient in his defensive duties, while chipping in usefully going forward. Notably, had his venomous strike tipped over by Margush and sent his captain through on goal with a pinpoint through ball.

Alex Wilkinson – 7.5: The experienced defensive stalwart slid under the radar with an ensured performance, making some vital challenges to guarantee his side registered a clean sheet.

David Carney – 7: Found himself back in the defensive third for the first time in recent times, the seasoned wide-man worked hard to push forward and contribute to Sydney’s periods of attacking pressure.

Brandon O’Neill – 7.5: Rarely put a foot wrong in his bulldog-like attempts to win the ball back in midfield, however was a little sloppy at times on the ball. Sacrificed in a late throw of the dice for Matt Simon.

Josh Brillante – 7: Highly energetic performance alongside O’Neill, tried his hardest to raise the tempo and push the tides in the favour of his side.

Alex Brosque – 6: Create the most chances out of Sydney’s famed front four, but could not convert. Will be extremely disappointed to not see his name on the scoresheet.

Milos Ninkovic – 6: Showed his ability in the period where Sydney looked to be running over their opponents, however was let down by his teammates on occasion. That said, last season’s Johnny Warren medallist was marshalled well by the Adelaide back four.

Adrian Mierzejewski – 5: Fresh from a man of the match performance against the Roar, the Polish international failed to recreate his strong form. Missed three golden opportunities to grant his side a first-half lead.

Bobo – 4: To say the league’s runaway Golden Boot leader had an off day would be an understatement. The Brazilian struggled to find space, win aerial contests, and create a viable outlet for his teammates to find. His horror show is summarised by the fact that he failed to register a shot.

Substitutes 

Matt Simon – N/A: Flung into the action in the closing stages as Sydney desperately tried to grab the three points.

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