Saturday, February 09, 2008
Roar 2 v Sydney FC 0: Rain in the city of light
Last year Kosmina pushed Adelaide hard. Perhaps beyond their capability and they reached the grand final. He pushed too hard. Got himself suspended and fired. His team lost 6-0 and a large proportion of the club were sacked or left.
This year, rescued by the football establishment, he took over a faltering Sydney FC and led them to the finals. Last night we saw the toll of that effort.
Sydney, favoured by the rub of the decisions in the first leg, had the pressure table turned by the Roar's 36,000 fans (even these numbers were limited by a massive pre-game storm). And Sydney wilted. Its game plan of fouling Zullo and Kruse and Alex Brosque diving around up front and calling for attention, back-fired - even when there was a case the decision went against them. Arguing with the ref on-mass rarely pays dividends. And the sight of Bolton get ting stuck into teenage - and very late substitute - Biddle after the game was very sour and sorry.
The emergence of Reinaldo as a great striker just as he may be leaving the club, and the superb match and penalty kick by Ognenovski as he also is on his way, could be great parting gifts if repeated for the next two weeks.