Adelaide United will host the Hyundai A-League Grand Final for the first time in club history after defeating Melbourne City 4-1.

In front of a raucous and ecstatic Coopers Stadium crowd, United dominated from the outset in a wonderful display of attacking football.

There was an obvious determination about Adelaide from the get go who started with great intensity and hunger.

They put a sluggish Melbourne City on the back foot effective immediately allowing the home team to drive forward with confidence.

Craig Goodwin and Bruce Djite had half chances to open the scoring while Marcelo Carrusca blew a golden opening from just outside the box.

But it was Bruce Kamau who would have the best opportunity of the half, his half volley well saved by Thomas Sorensen.

Both teams entered the shed at 0-0 with Adelaide on top but unable to find the breakthrough. It all pointed to a climatic and breathtaking second half.

In the opening stages of the second 45, Bruce Djite stood up and delivered his finest ever goal and arguably Adelaide’s to put the hosts ahead.

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Marcelo Carrusca nonchalantly placed the ball at the feet of Djite who struck it magnificently from well outside the box.

The spectacular moment not only gave Adelaide the lead; it provided the home side with the impetus to go on with the job.

In the 58th minute, Bruce Kamau was brought down in the box allowing Djite to step up and deliver his second.

With Coopers Stadium now buzzing and a cauldron of noise, it seemed highly improbable that City would create any fightback.

But as unlikely as it may have seemed, unbelievably it started to happen.

In the 72nd minute Nick Fitzgerald curled his shot past Gelakovic and into the bottom corner to give City a glimmer of hope.

The goal certainly dimmed the noise, allowing nerves and anxiety to creep back in for the home supporters.

As the minutes ticked on however, Adelaide drew closer to the elusive prize and in the 86th minute, those dreams became reality.

Dylan McGowan wonderfully struck the ball home from an Adelaide corner to seal the victory and cement their place in the A League Grand Final.

Pablo Sanchez added a fourth a few minutes later; however the result was already finalised.

Adelaide will host either Western Sydney or Brisbane Roar at the Adelaide Oval next Sunday in a mouthwatering encounter.

ADELAIDE UNITED: 1. GALEKOVIC Eugene, 2. MARRONE Michael, 3. LA ROCCA Lacopo, 4. MCGOWAN Dylan, 6. MAUK Stefan, 8. ISAIAS, 9. CIRIO Sergio, 10. CARRUSCA Marcelo, 11. DJITE Bruce, 16. GOODWIN Craig, 24. KAMAU Bruce.
SUBSTITUTES: 7. SANCHEZ Pablo, 14. MELLS George, 20. HALL John, 21. ELRICH Tarek, 23. ELSEY Jordan.

MELBOURNE CITY: 1. SORENSEN Thomas, 2. WILKINSON Alex, 8. MOOY Aaron, 18. RETRE Paulo, 19. GARUCCIO Ben, 22. CLISBY Jack, 23. FORNAROLI Bruno, 24. KISNORBO Patrick, 27. FITZGERALD Nick, 29. CACERAS Anthony, 33. MALIK Osama.
SUBSTITUTES: 3. HUGHES Aaron, 4. CHAPMAN Connor, 20. BOUZANIS Dean, 25. MELLING Jacob, 26. MARINO Marc.

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