Sydney United 58 dominate Hakoah in their first win since early June

A dominant Sydney United 58 cruised to a 3-0 win against bottom side Hakoah Sydney City East at Hensley Athletic Field, Eastgardens on Sunday, July 28.

It was the Red's first win in five games ending a horror run of results and keeping their finals chances alive and well.

Sydney United 58 players celebrate a goal against the Wollongong Wolves on Sunday, June 6 earlier this year at WIN Stadium Wollongong. Picture: Anna Warr

Sydney United 58 players celebrate a goal against the Wollongong Wolves on Sunday, June 6 earlier this year at WIN Stadium Wollongong. Picture: Anna Warr

Sydney United 58 had the best of the opening stages and it didn't take long for them to put the Hakoah defence under pressure with some very good scoring chances coming their way, but they were unable to capitalise.

The Reds maintained control of the contest but Hakoah were beginning to find their shape in defence, which made scoring opportunities harder to come by.

However, United 58 won the ball in the centre of the park with Glen Trifiro dispatching a through ball which Patrick Antelmi finished into the back of the net to make it 1-0 to the visitors.

United 58 keeper, Thomas Manos, had little work to do for most of the first half but was forced into two big saves in the closing stages after two stinging counter attacks from Hakoah.

It would prove to be the last real chances of the opening stanza, as the home team was left with plenty of work to do after the break.

Hakoah raced out of the blocks from the restart requiring Manos to stop a sure goal with an incredible desperaton save.

Sadly for the home fans the early intensity was merely a flash in the pan with United 58 going back on the attack.

Norval's efforts proved futile only moments later with Josh Macdonald firing past the shot stopper after finding space in the box to make it 2-0 for the visitors.

The goal proved to be a shot in the arm for United 58 who upped the ante in attack despite holding a comfortable lead.

The introduction of Michael Ruhs in the 78th minute proved to be a inspired decision from United 58 boss Miro Vlastelica with the striker having an instant impact.

Norval made a low save to his left to deny a Ruhs' effort but he couldn't stop Tariq Maia from firing in the rebound.

Sydney United 58 were reduced to 100-men after a bone headed play from defender Yianni Fragogiannis where he pulled down a Hakoah attacker meant he received his second yellow was sent off.

Hakoah thought they finally gave their fans something to smile about when they found the back of the net in the 87th minute, but such was their luck the assistant referee flagged for offside and the goal was disallowed, as United 58 cruised to victory.

A relieved United 58 head coach, Miro Vlastelica, felt it was a result which was a long time coming.

"I'm really happy for the boys. Goals have been a hard thing to come by for us the past few weeks so to score three shows that we can find the back of the net against tough defences," he said.

Vlastelica was not too impressed with defender Fragogiannis for getting sent off on the eve of their FFA Cup Round of 32 clash.

"It's not good for us ahead of such a big game but it just means we will have to shuffle things around."

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