An inspired performance from the Adelaide United skipper helped secure his team’s lone goal, as the reds provisionally top the ladder.
With Sydney’s Marc Janko returning, and Adelaide’s Marcelo Carrusca, Tarek Elrich and Pablo Sanchez unavailable, stars had seemingly aligned for the home side.
And for the entire 90 minutes Sydney looked more likely on a rain-soaked pitch, as Bernie Ibini and Alex Brosque made significant impact.
And it could have been the home side’s advantage in the 51st minute after Janko finished off a set piece from an offside position.
Adelaide severely lacked the presence of Carrusca in midfield, instead distributing most balls to the wings to limited effect.
However it was the Adelaide captain who maintained hope in the encounter, making numerous decisive saves to deny the Sky Blues.
His post-game statistics reveal nine saves, which is the highest amount recorded by any A-league goalkeeper in the season thus far.
In the end, Galekovic’s 82nd minute distribution ball found Awer Mabil unmarked, who cut the ball inside the box and firing it past Vedran Janjetovic.
The intensity of the encounter almost doubled Adelaide’s lead in late stoppage time; Cameron Watson miraculously denied by Janjetovic.
Discipline was an issue for Adelaide, as the entire defensive four received bookings, the team totalling seven by full time.
Nigel Boogard in particular was fortunate to escape anything more than a yellow card in his 38th minute last man tackle.
In comparison, Sydney did not draw the ire of referee Chris Beath’s book throughout the entire encounter.
With the win, Adelaide jump to provisional first position, albeit with challengers Wellington Phoenix, Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory still yet to play.
Sydney will need to resurge, as they face the latter away next Friday night.
Adelaide will return home to face Brisbane Roar, who are fresh after smashing Central Coast 6-1.
What are your predictions for the Premier’s Plate after Saturday night’s dramatic game?