Rudan’s boys: three losses on the trot

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Kapow: Players clash for the ball during the match between Sydney United and Spartans, won by the Blacktown team 2-1. Picture: Gavin Leung/Football NSW

Sydney United 58’s season continues to spiral out of control with the side succumbing to another shock loss, this time against Blacktown Spartans.

The 2-1 defeat at the Sydney United Football Centre was its third in a row.

The home side once again failed to hold onto a promising start as two goals in two minutes from the Spartans was enough to secure the unexpected result.

From the opening whistle it didn’t take long for Mark Rudan’s side to show their intent.

A Robbie Mileski through ball in the 11th minute split the Blacktown defence in half to give Dutchman Koen Bosma a simple one on one opportunity.

It was a chance Bosma didn’t waste as he placed the ball into the bottom right corner of the net to give the home side a 1-0 lead.

Sydney United 58 tightened its grip on the match after the goal with constant pressure and possession in Blacktown Spartans’ half.

The home side looked rejuvenated after the break and resumed its domination on the match.

However a moment of Shu Sasaki brilliance 10 minutes into the second stanza turned the game on its head.

[social_quote duplicate=”no” align=”default”]Receiving the ball on the western side of the park, Sasaki used his combination of speed and skill to beat two defenders and level the scores with a well placed shot.[/social_quote]

The tide had turned and it took the visitors only moments to pounce.

A tricky back heel into the 18 yard box from Futa Nakamura in the 57th minute was expertly finished by Josh Da Silva to give the visitors a shock lead.

Coach Mark Rudan called for all out attack and United 58 created a handful of opportunities through sheer desperation alone but they lacked the polish to score.

A dejected Panny Nikas was a cut up figure at the conclusion of the match but remained positive that the Reds would pick their act up.

“Collectively we must stay together and keep believing in our quality and things will turn around,’’ he said.



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