Hyundai A-League Week 15 Match Report – Melbourne Victory vs Adelaide United

Soccer, Sport — By on January 17, 2012 11:29 PM

Melbourne Victory 1 – 1 Adelaide United.
AAMI Park 13.01.11.

By CHRIS BANKS.

Jim Magilton would have been hoping for a dream start to his tenure at Melbourne Victory, but will have to make do with a draw against Adelaide United as United continued its recent unbeaten run.

United and Victory shared the spoils after Sergio Van Dijk equalised for the Reds, cancelling out an opener from Melbourne’s Archie Thompson.

The draw sees United’s points tally for the season increase to 19 as the team looksto cement its charge towards the post-season finals.

John Kosmina’s unbeaten streak has now reached five matches, an achievement the boss attributed to his side’s character.

“I think tonight we showed a bit of character, a lot of character actually,” Kosmina said.

“In the first half, it was a bit of a sparring-match, we probably survived a little bit; our guys, as a unit, I thought were outstanding in the second half.”

Meanwhile, Jim Magilton lamented the number of missed chances in his first match in charge of Melbourne Victory.

“I think we were dominant in the first half,” Magilton said.

“I think if we’d taken our chances, we probably would have won the game.”

Kosmina made just one change before the match between the A-League’s fiercest rivalry; Osama Malik, anchoring the midfield in place of Francisco Usucar, who dropped to the bench.

United struggled to contain the Victory in the first period, when danger men Archie Thompson and Harry Kewell wreaked havoc with the Reds defence.

Kewell made a precision pass to Thompson behind the United backline less than five minutes into the match.

With all of AAMI Park braced for an opener, Thompson’s shot hit the post because of a block by Eugene Galekovic.

The relief for United was short-lived, however, as a minute later the home side had broken the deadlock.

On the left flank Kewell made short work of Cameron Watson and Zenon Caravella, whipping the ball past United’s defence and into the Reds penalty area.

Six yards out, Thompson outmuscled Antony Golec to kick the ball past a helpless Galekovic.

15 minutes later, Thompson’s looping pass to Carlos Hernandez beat the Adelaide offside-trap.

But to the relief of travelling Reds fans, the Costa Rican dragged his shot wide.

The United defence was opened up once again moments later, when Kewell picked out Danny Allsopp, unmarked on the edge of the box.

Luckily for United, Melbourne’s move was quickly prevented with yet another display of wayward shooting, ensuring that the visitors scrambled to halftime just one goal in debt.

However, the Reds were living dangerously once more after the break.

Hernandez had a fine free kick palmed away by Galekovic, while Danny Allsopp’s diving header failed to hit the target.

After weathering a period of pressure, the Reds succeeded in finding the back of the net where their Melbourne opponents could not.

In front of a raucous band of travelling supporters, Dario Vidosic delivered a corner that found Van Dijk, who threaded the ball through a crowded six-yard box to equalise.

However, Melbourne continued the attack.

Kewell came within inches of wrapping up a Victory win within 20 minutes of full time.

Cutting in from the right wing, Kewell beat Golec before racing into the United 18-yard box and unleashing a left foot strike which cannoned off the top of the crossbar.

No more goals were forthcoming for either side and the game ended, Kosmina the more satisfied of the two managers.

Dario Vidosic, arguably United’s most dangerous man of the night, was also pleased with the United fight back,

“We spoke at half time,” Vidosic said. “We knew the things we had to change, we changed them and did very well in the second half.”

“Over all great game, great attendance and it made it into a great spectacle.”

“We’re undefeated in Melbourne now, that’s not an easy feat.”

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