An in-form goalkeeper and some proven penalty takers gives Sydney FC coach Steve Corica confidence if tonight’s A-League semi final goes to a shootout.
Sydney FC coach Steve Corica is confident he’s got the goalkeeper and enough proven penalty takers to come out on top, if his side is forced into another A-League finals nailbiter with Melbourne Victory.
Sydney shaded Victory 4-2 in a penalty shootout decider in the 2017 grand final and their 2018 semi-final almost produced another one, before Melbourne’s Terry Antonis scored a 117th minute winner.
Football’s traditional nerve-shredding tie-breaker was front and centre again in Friday’s first semi-final between Perth and Adelaide.
After a 3-3 deadlock at the end of extra-time Perth Glory shaded United 5-4 in an epic 16-kick shootout at HBF Park.
Perth goalkeeper Liam Reddy saved four kicks and Adelaide custodian Paul Izzo three.
Veteran Reddy also scored from his spot kick.
Corica wouldn’t put it past his goalkeeper Andew Redmayne to volunteer his services as a penalty taker, should the opportunity arise in Sunday’s semi-final at at Sydney’s Jubilee Oval.
“I wouldn’t be surprised he’s got a good strike on him, but I think we have a lot of penalty takers,'” Corica said.
Englishman Adam Le Fondre has been Sydney’s first-choice this season and Milos Ninkovic, Brandon O’Neill and Alex Brosque all scored from the spot in the 2017 grand final shootout.
Redmayne, who is enjoying a career-best season, has played all but three minutes across 37 matches in three competitions this season..
The 30-year-old goalkeeper, who has played at five A-League clubs, has been one of Sydney’s most consistent players this season, making numerous crucial stops including four penalty saves.
Corica sad he would be very confident in Redmayne if Sunday’s game did go to a shootout.
“He believes that he can save them and he’s showed it this year and I’d be very confident,” Corica said.
He emphasised Redmayne and club goalkeeping coach John Crawley did their homework on the opposition’s likely penalty takers before every game.
“They know who takes penalties and Redders knows which way to go if they have a favourite side,” Corica said.
“He’s a very big part of it JC (Crawley), and he works very well with Redders, they have a good bond together and I think it showed this year, with the way he’s playing, he’s playing great.
“His overall game has improved, he’s been fantastic for us this year Redders.”