Adelaide United down Western Sydney

STEVE LARKIN
Last updated 23:36 12/10/2012

Relevant offers

Football

Phoenix striker Roy Krishna teaching Fiji's green Olympic squad tricks of professionalism Sam Allardyce 'fits the chair' as England manager, makes Wayne Rooney wait on captaincy call Hull City sign big shirt sponsorship deal with Kenyan betting company Wellington Phoenix manager Ernie Merrick calls for A-League to scrap salary cap Dan Carter scores for Arsenal Juventus down Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Melbourne Cricket Ground All White Winston Reid incensed by awful tackle on West Ham team-mate Goalkeeper Oliver Sail to start for Wellington Phoenix in Chinese friendly clash Kiwi footballer Bel van Noorden scores Pittsburgh University scholarship Football Ferns aim to shock star-studded opponents at Olympics

An ice-cool goal by Adelaide United's Argentinian import Jeronimo Neumann clinched a 1-0 win over A-League newcomers Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday night.

Jeronimo missed a contentious penalty but a minute later made amends with deft finish as the Reds banked consecutive wins to open their season.

Wanderers midfielder Mateo Poljak went within a whisker of scoring the fledgling club's first A-League goal.

But Jeronimo's classy second half strike dealt defeat to Western Sydney after their scoreless draw on debut against Central Coast last week.

Jeronimo was played into space in the 69th minute by a shrewd Iain Ramsay pass and the Argentine closed on goal as Wanderers keeper Ante Covic made a make-or-break dash towards him.

Jeronimo coolly placed a left-footer past the approaching keeper and it trickled into the net to delight the 8950 spectators at Hindmarsh Stadium.

A minute earlier, Jeronimo failed to convert a penalty after Adelaide winger Fabian Ferreira went to ground after jostling with Wanderers defender Nikolai Topor-Stanley.

While the penalty call appeared harsh, Jeronimo pushed his spot kick too close to Covic, who made a relatively comfortable save diving to his left.

The minute of action came after an opening half punctuated by skill errors and turnovers, with Poljak's near-miss in the 32nd minute a rare highlight.

Poljak launched a speculative 30 metre shot which caught Adelaide goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic off guard - the Reds captain parried with one glove and the ball bounced into a side bar.

The Wanderers also had a late chance to equalise when Labinot Haliti found space in the box in the 88th minute, but his well-connected header was cut off by Galekovic.

Ad Feedback

- AAP

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Burnley retain their EPL status?

Yes, they've found a winning formula

Maybe, but there’s a long way to go

No. They lack quality in certain areas

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content