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Schoolboy Errors
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Feels like it's been a while since we had someone trial with us. Interested to see how he goes, his wiki looks ok.

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Posted : July 18, 2018 7:40 pm
rhysmcfc
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His wiki looks alright for 2010

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Posted : July 18, 2018 7:55 pm
CountArach
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Posted by: Schoolboy Errors

Feels like it's been a while since we had someone trial with us. Interested to see how he goes, his wiki looks ok.

So some initial thoughts after the first 45: he is clearly good but I'm not 100% sure he is quite what we need. I feel we need a Holosko who is going to drive towards goal and pose a constant threat. It is very clear Gallegos is not that. He is a bit like Ninko when Ninko is playing out wide, which is to say he likes to drift and provide options in the middle of the attacking third. It's already pretty clear to me that if we go with him we will have a player who will score 3 or 4 rather than a player who will score 7 or 8, but he will look great doing it. Not to say he is as good as Ninko mind. 

 

Then again this is just based on 45 minutes playing with a team he has clearly not trained with that much and in a game where his future relies on him being impressive. 

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Posted : July 18, 2018 8:20 pm
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4-0 HT. Gallegos got the opener, Buhagiar crossed from the byline after Milos played a ball that went through them like a dodgy Vindaloo. Finish via a free header that Bobo would have been proud of.

Brosque got the second, glancing header from a Zullo cross. Milos buried the 3rd, layoff from Brosque who held it up like a boss and rolled it to him on the edge of the box. Brillante with the 4th from a corner, missed it typing this....

Other random shit:

So good to see O’Neill and Brillante again. For all the turnover on foreigners and coaching staff, we should still have the best two local CM’s in the league. Crucial.

Danny T was in the bar queue, didn’t look to be buying for anyone else. Bring back Walter pls.

People used to come here to watch Spirit? CCM hosted HAL here? What a dump. Where actually IS the Doug Walter “stand”?

Posted by: BlueRanger One thing thats easy to forget about Bobo's season is that he scored 15 goals.... while having to press for 70-80 minutes

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Posted : July 18, 2018 8:21 pm Schoolboy Errors and CountArach liked
CountArach
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I think The Bob Stand might be my favourite ever name for a stand. 

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Posted : July 18, 2018 8:25 pm
eddie
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Sounds like we started at pretty much full strength. Did Grant start?

It's good that Branners and Josh are playing. Means they aren't in negotiations with anyone.

 

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Posted : July 18, 2018 8:39 pm
CountArach
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Posted by: eddie

Sounds like we started at pretty much full strength. Did Grant start?

It's good that Branners and Josh are playing. Means they aren't in negotiations with anyone.

 

No Grant on the team sheet 

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Posted : July 18, 2018 8:42 pm
eddie
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Sounds like we started at pretty much full strength. Did Grant start?

It's good that Branners and Josh are playing. Means they aren't in negotiations with anyone.

 

No Grant on the team sheet 

Hopefully there's been no setbacks.

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Posted : July 18, 2018 9:25 pm
Paddy
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Gallegos looked very interesting, his touch and work on the ball is very tidy. For a quite a small fella, his near post header for the opening goal came from a very purposeful run across the box to find the cross from Retre. Great ball, build up play from Milos. Gallegos had some sleek passes and through balls, could've had an assist and should've had a second goal. Found the ball at his feet in the box with a few second of time, keeper moving away - side foot, went wide. I'd like to see him again, and I think he's a better prospect than Fabio from what I have seen.

Brosque was a complete sight of confidence and preparedness, coming and collecting the ball. An authentic Brosque header for the second goal. Another Retre delivery from memory.

Milos did Milos things for the third.

Warland and Wilko as the starting pairing, Calver came on at half-time to last about 4 minutes with the core XI before the major sub-rotation. I can't imagine Warland not being the preferred option, CBs looked good together.

Retre impressed me a lot.

One of O'Neill and Josh generally go under the radar, tonight it was O'Neill. Josh was fantastic, carrying the ball with intent. Fourth goal was a standard 25yd pop, not sure he can score from inside the box.

Quick free kick, into AB who put it on a plate for Buhagiar for the last goal. Didn't see the electric pace from him that was the chatter upon signing, didn't get a whole lot of opportunities.

After the mass sub, fair bit of scrap. Sydney with the ball but not making use of it in the final third. Charles only found himself with the ball about 4 times in 30 minutes, so nothing of note in terms of fringe players.

If the lack of whispers means O'Neill and Brilliante are staying, those two with Milos just make the team such a joy to watch. Hopefully we can give them the 1/2 more forwards to bring it all together.

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Posted : July 18, 2018 10:22 pm CountArach liked
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Finished 5-0, 5th goal was a tap in after we caught them napping with a quickly taken short FK. 9 subs on the hour mark, so the kids finished the game with Calver, Zuvela and Charlie the most senior out there. The latter two look like they’ve spent the off-season in the Mac Uni weights room. Whoever finished off at LW looked pretty tidy on the ball.

No Grant as mentioned. And Cisak is the new Myth.

Posted by: BlueRanger One thing thats easy to forget about Bobo's season is that he scored 15 goals.... while having to press for 70-80 minutes

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Posted : July 18, 2018 10:22 pm Paddy liked
CountArach
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Finished 5-0, 5th goal was a tap in after we caught them napping with a quickly taken short FK. 9 subs on the hour mark, so the kids finished the game with Calver, Zuvela and Charlie the most senior out there. The latter two look like they’ve spent the off-season in the Mac Uni weights room. Whoever finished off at LW looked pretty tidy on the ball.

No Grant as mentioned. And Cisak is the new Myth.

IIRC that was King at LB in the final 30.

 

EDIT: Nevermind, read that wrong. It might have been Ivanovic.

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Posted : July 18, 2018 11:07 pm
CountArach
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I agree with Paddy about Retre: he had a great game going forward in particular. He linked up pretty well with Gallegos, who often left a lot of space for him. 

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Posted : July 19, 2018 7:26 am
Paddy
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Posted by: CountArach

I agree with Paddy about Retre: he had a great game going forward in particular. He linked up pretty well with Gallegos, who often left a lot of space for him. 

They seemed to have a nice little chat before kickoff. Not sure how long Gallegos has been working with the team?

Rare to find many days recently where our RB outworks Zullo, Retre definitely the better of the two yesterday. Super impressed but the opposition didn't give him too many defense headaches, which is the weaker part of his game for sure.

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Posted : July 19, 2018 8:57 am
CountArach
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So here is my review of last night's game:

https://www.sfcu.com.au/preseason-2018-sydney-fc-5-0-dunbar-rovers/  

 

The Squad

 

Two things caught the eye about the team: firstly, Sebastian Gallegos was on trial with us (more on him below) and secondly, Grant is still not back from injury. It is also interesting to note that Warland seems to be preferred to Calver at this early stage.

 

Most of the first team played the first 55 minutes of the game (Warland and Ninkovic were replaced at half time by Calver and Devlin), and then the youth team came on.

The Game and the Goals

The first preseason hit-out for the squad ended in a great result against NPL 3 opposition. A 5-0 win was well deserved based on the performance and, considering the nature of the win as well, it was a promising sign that things haven't slackened off too much under new head coach Steve Corica. There was also a healthy crowd there to witness the game (the official report from the club says 1200 people).

 

Here is how the five goals went down:

  • Goal 1 - Ninkovic puts a great ball through the Dunbar defence which finds Retre on the byline. Retre crosses back into the box and Gallegos meets it with his head after a run from deep.
  • Goal 2 - Zullo takes a corner, which is deflected back to him. Zullo puts in another cross and Brosque meets it with a glancing header.
  • Goal 3 - Retre passes to Brosque, who is just outside the 6-yard box. Brosque plays across the box to Ninkovic, who puts it past 2 defenders and into the net.
  • Goal 4 - A corner is played to Brillante outside the penalty area, and Brillante hits a brilliant shot which flies over everyone and in off the underside of the crossbar.
  • Goal 5 - O'Neill takes a quick free kick to Brosque, who plays it across the box to Buhagiar, who acrobatically slots it home.

The club has made a video of the highlights which you can watch here:  https://www.sydneyfc.com/video/goals-sydney-fc-5-0-dunbar-rovers

 

The Formation

At first glance, it looks like we are going to be setting up pretty similarly to how we did under Arnold. We were playing a 4-42 in defence with the two forwards pressing high, just like we did with Arnold. In attack, where Arnold often played a 4-2-3-1 (with Brosque able to either drop deep or play as a second striker), we definitely set up with a more traditional 4-4-2. Brosque was, on paper, playing at 10, but it was clear he was higher up the pitch playing as an out-and-out striker next to Buhagiar pretty much the entire time he was on the pitch. This might be a bit different when we play A-League opposition and when we sign a first-choice striker, but it is worth keeping an eye on.

 

Player Performances

I set myself up to watch our right attacking side in both halves, which meant I got a particularly good look at Sebastian Gallegos. I recommend you have a quick read of his wikipedia page here just to get an idea of who he is. The thing I most noted about him was that he really likes to drop deep and into midfield, sometimes in the playmaker role and sometimes even deeper than that. He has a really nice first touch, particularly with his right foot, and clearly has good technique. There were some times where he used that first touch to play a ball that was coming into him out wide to Retre, which worked nicely and I'd happily see more of that. I did notice that when the ball was out on the left, rather than running in at the back post from the right he tended to drop to around the D and look for late runs into the box; he certainly looked dangerous doing that. In the situations where he had to, he was happy to track back and contribute in defence, which was nice to see. His tackling made me cringe a little though - to say that he tackles like a striker is an understatement.

 

That said, it wasn't all positive. He plays with his back to goal a lot, which was fine and even beneficial at times, but it was clear he was often looking for a pass when he could have had a shot or looked to dribble at the defence. I got the sense that he wasn't a player like Holosko or Ibini, who was always looking straight for goal and who had a direct style. This trait was fine for this game, but in other games I could see that really putting pressure on our striker(s) to score. I'll be interested to see how he goes against Sutherland, who should pose a bit more of a challenge. It did provide even more creativity though, which was nice.

 

Going back to Gallegos dropping into midfield, this had a couple of noticeable impacts on how we played. Firstly, O'Neill and Brillante often had an extra option when looking to play forward. Secondly, Retre had a ton of space out wide and he really took advantage of it. Retre had a superb game I thought, constantly stretching play and putting in crosses. By the end of the first half he seemed to have a really good understanding with Gallegos as well.

 

Trent Buhagiar was another player I was really curious to see for us. I know at CCM he had a bit of a reputation for being quick, but lacking end product and not always having the best touch. Certainly, the speed was there; the defenders just really couldn't keep up with him. I can see why he comes in for some criticism though, because he did have some sloppy touches and his decision-making wasn't always brilliant. However, I really think he could add an X factor which we were sometimes lacking last season. His pressing was also really good to watch, particularly next to Brosque. Sometimes last season it felt like Brosque was the only one chasing (at least when Simon wasn't on), but it is clear Buhagiar would contribute a lot there. For the first part of the game he was playing very centrally, but it was really clear he wasn't a natural striker. As the game continued, he started to drift a bit wider on both sides and this made a massive difference as he was able to get past full-backs and either look for goal or a pass. There's clearly a lot to like there, particularly at the start of the second half where he was running against tired legs. You would not want him coming off the bench at you.

 

In terms of our continuing players from last season, I thought that Warland was quite good at the back when he was called upon and seemed to have a good understanding with Wilkinson. There wasn't that much for the CB pairing to do, though, and Sutherland might give us a bit more of a clue for where they are at. But it's nice to have a left-footed CB in the squad. Ninkovic also had a good night, but he was afforded a lot of space. I think there were times last season where Adrian playing centrally really limited Ninkovic's ability to impact games, but if he starts to move a bit more into that 10 role, he could have a great season for us. He also was regularly looking for Buhagiar, making great use of Buhagiar's pace to put in some great through-balls.

 

As for the youth players, there's not much to report there that I don't already cover in the academy wrap-ups. Lokoli-Ngoy looks a lot trimmer and I thought he was maybe a touch faster too, which would be a great thing. Zuvela didn't get many touches that I saw, but he looks like he has bulked up. Hopefully a season training professionally will do them both some good.

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Posted : July 19, 2018 6:36 pm Ruprecht, Jubal1, Rory Bunk and 1 people liked
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Illuminati Derby announced, Tuesday 7th at Leichhardt. Get in.

Posted by: BlueRanger One thing thats easy to forget about Bobo's season is that he scored 15 goals.... while having to press for 70-80 minutes

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Posted : July 24, 2018 10:03 pm
MFSkyBlue
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Illuminati Derby announced, Tuesday 7th at Leichhardt. Get in.

I am definitely going. Can’t make the one tonight. It’s too far away, even if one of my school teachers is playing for Sharks

Terry McFlynn, everywhere I look around

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Posted : July 25, 2018 8:31 am
MFSkyBlue
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Could someone do a match report if they are going tonight. CountArach’s was perfect and really helped. That would be much appreciated but if not that’s fine

Terry McFlynn, everywhere I look around

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Posted : July 25, 2018 8:32 am
CountArach
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Could someone do a match report if they are going tonight. CountArach’s was perfect and really helped. That would be much appreciated but if not that’s fine

Yeah I'm going tonight and should have a report up tomorrow all things going to plan. 

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Posted : July 25, 2018 8:45 am Jubal1 liked
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Posted by: MFSkyBlue

Could someone do a match report if they are going tonight. CountArach’s was perfect and really helped. That would be much appreciated but if not that’s fine

Yeah I'm going tonight and should have a report up tomorrow all things going to plan. 

Thank you so much

Terry McFlynn, everywhere I look around

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Posted : July 25, 2018 4:28 pm
CountArach
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Cisak starting in goals! 

 

https://twitter.com/SydneyFC/status/1022028680552280065?s=19

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Posted : July 25, 2018 6:17 pm
CountArach
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We look incredibly underwhelming tonight. 

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Posted : July 25, 2018 8:27 pm
CountArach
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Ended up 3-0 with goals to Buhagiar, Charlie and a penalty for O'Neill.

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Posted : July 25, 2018 9:43 pm
MFSkyBlue
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I'm not too fussed. Hopefully it was a good game for the boys to continue improving their fitness. Bit concerned we haven't seen Grant yet. Probably just taking extra precautionary steps, you can't rush recovery when it comes to ACL's.

Terry McFlynn, everywhere I look around

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Posted : July 25, 2018 10:00 pm
Belldiouf
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Grant is injured again (new injury) Should be back in time for round 1, but wont have had a preseason. 

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Posted : July 25, 2018 10:48 pm
sydneyfc_FTT
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Any idea what he's done?

FWIW, Buhagiar is going to be a huge source of frustration this season, I'm calling it now. Looked quite good and pacy until the end product had to come... then it all went downhill from there real fast last night.

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