Adelaide United
Sydney FC
FFA Cup Round of 16
Coopers Stadium
2015-08-26T09:30:00+00:00
Attendance
5,066

Adelaide's FFA Cup vow: 'We'll get better'

Adelaide United skipper Eugene Galekovic admits his side can and will improve after narrowly edging Sydney FC in the Round of 16 of the Westfield FFA Cup on Wednesday night.

In a cracking Cup tie at Coopers Stadium, a 10-man Reds prevailed 2-1 after extra-time, with defender Dylan McGowan popping up with a late winner before he was red carded. 

The Sky Blues dominated the early stages and took the lead through a clever chip fromRhyan Grant only for Pablo Sanchez to equalise before half-time.

Guillermo Amor’s side is now through to the last eight and on track to defend the title they won so spectacularly last year.

“We wanted to get through to the next round and that’s the main thing,” an honest Galekovic told Fox Sports.

“We have to improve a lot if we want to compete against the big boys and we’ll do that. There’s plenty of time to do that.

“[Sydney FC] are a good team, [Graham Arnold’s] Arnie’s coached them very well now for a couple of years.

“Our boys took control of the game as it went on and we got the result.”

Pablo Sanchez celebrates scoring Adelaide's first-half equaliser.

After slotting home the winning goal – following a sensational rabona assist by Marcello Carrusca – McGowan was sent off late on for a cynical foul on Sebastian Ryall.

The Sydney FC defender was through on goal only to be tugged down by McGowan, leaving the referee with little choice but to show him red.

“He probably [saved us the game],” Galekovic said of McGowan’s dismissal.

“It was crucial. He’ll probably miss the next game but at the end of the day we won the game, that’s what we came here to do and we’re in the next round.”

While disappointed to be bundled out of the competition, Sydney FC striker Matt Simon was looking at the positives of his side’s display.

“It’s very early in pre-season and there’s still a long way to go until the start of the season,” he told Fox Sports.

“I thought the boys did really well for about 35 minutes at the start of the game and then they ran the game out well in extra-time.

“There’s good things to come.”

Hyundai A-League 2017/18
# Club P W D L PTS
Sydney FC 27 20 4 3 64
Newcastle Jets 27 15 5 7 50
Melbourne City FC 27 13 4 10 43
Melbourne Victory 27 12 5 10 41
Adelaide United 27 11 6 10 39
Brisbane Roar FC 27 10 5 12 35
Western Sydney Wanderers FC 27 8 9 10 33
Perth Glory 27 10 2 15 32
Wellington Phoenix 27 5 6 16 21
Central Coast Mariners 27 4 8 15 20
# Club P W D L PTS
Brisbane Roar FC Women 12 9 1 2 28
Sydney FC Women 12 8 1 3 25
Newcastle Jets Women 12 6 2 4 20
Melbourne City FC Women 12 6 2 4 20
Canberra United Women 12 5 1 6 16
Perth Glory Women 12 4 2 6 14
Melbourne Victory Women 12 3 2 7 11
Western Sydney Wanderers Women 12 3 2 7 11
Adelaide United Women 12 3 1 8 10
Group A
# Club P W D L PTS
Melbourne City FC Youth 8 5 1 2 16
Melbourne Victory Youth 8 4 1 3 13
Adelaide United Youth 8 3 2 3 11
Perth Glory Youth 8 3 1 4 10
Brisbane Roar FC Youth 8 2 1 5 7
# Club P W D L PTS
Western Sydney Wanderers FC Youth 8 6 0 2 18
Sydney FC Youth 8 5 2 1 17
Newcastle Jets Youth 8 3 3 2 12
Central Coast Mariners Youth 8 2 1 5 7
Canberra United Youth 8 1 0 7 3