Dominant display not enough for Sydney United

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The Reds squandered more than a dozen chances at goal, with the team?s lack of execution denying the home-side of a deserved three points.
It was United?s dynamic attacking duo who linked up to create the home-side?s first opportunity of the match, but unfortunately for the Reds, Elsid Barkhousir was unable to capitalise on a lovely Luka Glavas through-ball, missing with his one-on-one effort against Hamish McLean.
Just 5? minutes later it was Luka Glavas who looked like opening the account for United, latching on to a through ball from Ivo Bosnar but failed to beat the advancing McLean who blocked Glavas? shots on three consecutive occasions to save his side.
United continued to press forward but their execution was leaving a lot to be desired, with Steve Hayes becoming the third man in red to send his shot over the crossbar and onto the hill.
But after 22? minutes of missed opportunities, Luka Glavas finally converted possession into points when he showed off his footwork to beat the Berries defence and slot his left-footed effort into the bottom right-hand corner.
The Berries were failing to create any real chances up front, with United?s defence proving too big of a hurdle to overcome.
Sash Tirovski tried to change his sides? fortune when he went hard at goal in the 36? minute, but a United defender?s header deflected the ball away from danger.
But Tirovski wasn?t done with just yet, pushing forward to poke a soft shot past Vedran Janjetovic?s right, equalising just 5? minutes out from the half-time whistle.
When the players returned for the second-half, it was Sydney United who began with the ascendancy in the opening minutes.
Ivo Bosnar set up Luka Glavas with a magical ball from his own half, but the play was brought to an end when Glavas found himself on the floor pleading for a penalty that wasn?t given.
Glavas? pace was proving too much for the Berries defence to handle, breaking away down the left flank on several occasions in the match.
United should have been 2-1 in front when the striker made his way down field in the 62? minute, but when Glavas whipped the ball from the left into an empty goal mouth, four players ended up on the floor in the back of the net with both oncoming attackers forgetting to tap home the ball.
Tomislav Cirjak looked dangerous when he replaced Mitchell Thompson, linking up with Glavas to set up Hayes with an opportunity to hit the lead 15?minutes out from full time, but the former Wollongong midfielder sent his shot over the crossbar and into the stands yet again.
Ante Tomic had a chance to become the team hero when he stepped up for a free-kick from 25-metres out, but unfortunately for United his curling effort failed to beat McLean between this sticks.
In an attacking rampage, Tomic almost found the back of the net just moments later, but like most of United?s efforts on the day, it trickled wide of the wood work.
In the dying moments of the match, Glavas had the chance to snatch three points but his efforts were again halted by McLean who did well to deny the Reds with a brilliant diving save to his left on the goal-line.
United coach David Zdrilic was disappointed with the result:
?I lost count of how many clear cut chances we had,? Zdrilic said.
?In previous weeks we probably didn?t create enough and we got results but today it was the total opposite.?
Zdrilic said his side should be on nine points after three rounds:
?That should have been three points in the bag there,? he said.
?The ball was going so close but it wasn?t going in and it was just one of those days.?
In the opposition change room, John Calleja was delighted to walk away from Edensor Park with a point:
?It?s always a tough place to come to get a point,? he said.
?I thought we did reasonably well in the first 20? minutes but we were on the back foot after that.?
?Even though United had a lot of chances, we battled and defended fairly strong.
?I?m very proud of my boys but we know that on another day it could have been a totally different story.
?It wasn?t the best of performances but it shows the guts and commitment we have in the team.?
Match Stats
Sydney United 1 (Luka Glavas 23?)
West Sydney Berries 1 (Sash Tirovski 40?)
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Sydney United Sports Centre, Edensor Park
Crowd: Approx 600
Sydney United: 1.Vedran Janjetovic; 8.Shane Lyons, 19.Mitchell Thompson (34.Tomislav Cirjak 63?), 5.Damon Collina, 6.Joe Vrkic, 21.Sean Mitchell, 23.Ivo Bosnar, 7.Todd Brodie, 10.Steve Hayes, 16.Elsid Barkhousir (32. Ante Tomic 45?), 11.Luka Glavas
Substitutes Not Used: 22.Peter Zorbas, 4.Michael Cindric, 20.Roy Bell
Yellow Cards: Todd Brodie 44?
Red Cards: Nil
West Sydney Berries: 1.Hamish McLean; 7.Peter Peralta, 3.Omaar Saadi, 6.Jack Sobczyk, 4.Daniel Clifford, 5.Ryan Walsh, 16.Kosta Lagoudakis, 11.Archie Kotsopoulos, 17.Sash Tirovski (14.Liam Austin 52?), 19.Dimitri Zakilas (15.Ryan Jones 78?), 9.Fadi Ghosson (10.John Tsironis 69?)
Substitutes Not Used: 22.Cem Akilli, 12.Stefan De Jesus
Yellow Cards: Kosta Lagoudakis 44?
Red Cards: Nil
Player Ratings:
3 ? Ivo Bosnar (SU)
2 ? Luka Glavas (SU)
1 ? Hamish McLean (WSB)
-By Michael Chammas