Goals from Johan Absalonsen and Daniel Adlung secured an Adelaide United victory over Western Sydney Wanderers in Campbelltown Stadium on Tuesday night.

Adelaide United looked to expose the right flank early in the first half as Nikola Mileusnic and George Blackwood linked up to test Jack Clisby’s side of the field.

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Either side looked to be in scoring contention in the cagey opening minutes however the Reds would be the first to strike. Johan Absalonsen opened the scoring after capitalising on a  blundering miskick from Jonathon Aspropotamitits in the 20th minute.

Bonevacia received the first yellow of the night for his wreckless stamp on Isaias Cortes. Shortly after he once again showed his eagerness for long range strikes as he splayed his shot wide from well outside the box.

The Wanderers nearly found their equaliser in the 25th minute after Alvaro Cejduo found himself on the end of a through ball, but was stopped in his tracks brilliantly by a sliding tackle from Benjamin Warland.

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The pestering attacking play continued for the home side. Promising fast paced play was built well by Bonevacia  and overlapping runs from Josh Risdon, however the stacked Adelaide defence denied any finalising attempts by Oriol Riera.

Adeliade’s responses came in the form of counter attacks with Milesnic and Nathan Konstandopoulos linking a string of passes together to find Blackwood, who was stumped by a solid defensive effort from Jacob Melling.

Possession was no issue for the Wanderers, but chances failed to culminate into goals as the half came to an end.

In the 57th minute Adelaide United once again sapped the atmosphere from Campbelltown Stadium. A blistering long range strike from Daniel Adlung swerved and sailed past a diving Vedran Janjetovic before deflecting off the post and settling in the back of the net.

Wanderers Coach Hayden Foxe sought to inject some attacking life in the side, opting to bring off Spanish Marquee Oriol Reiera for club veteran Brendon Santalab.

The decision proved to be advantageous for the side. A looping cross from Clisby into the box saw Cortes bring down Santalab for a challenge which referee Peter Green deemed worthy of a penalty.

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Santalab calmly stepped up to the plate, deftly chipping a cheeky penalty past a diving Paul Izzo and awarding the Wanderers a lifeline.

Michael Marrone and Papa Babacar Diawara surged late in the second half as the visitors displayed none of the tell-tale signs of fatigue that often occur during midweek match ups.

A final corner saw Janjetovic enter the box for a final frantic attempt on goal, but the steadfast Adelaide deference ensured no equaliser would be found.

Adelaide United head into their second consecutive FFA Cup Final when they Sydney FC, denying the Wanderers an opportunity to claim bragging rights over their cross city rivals.

 

Western Sydney Wanderers (70′ SANTALAB Brendon)

Adelaide United (20′ ABSALONSEN Johan, 58′ ADLUNG Daniel)

Campbelltown Stadium (5, 126)

Referee: Peter GREEN

Assistant Referees: Andrej GIEV & Kearney ROBINSON

Fourth Official: Owen GOLDRICK

Western Sydney Wanderers:

15. BACCUS Kearyn, 8. BONEVACIA Roly, 10. CEJUDO Alvaro, 3. CLISBY Jack, 18. CORNTHWAITE Robert, 20. JANJETOVIC Vedran (GK), 14. KUSUKAMI Jumpei, 6. MELLING Jacob, 9. RIERA Oriol, 4. RISDON Josh, 22. ASPROPOTAMITIS Jonathan

Substitutes: 19. BRIDGE Mark, 30. HALL John (GK), 5. HAMILL Brendan, 25. HERD Chris,

Adelaide United:

11. ABSALONSEN George, 37. ADLUNG Daniel, 14. BLACKWOOD George, 8. CORTES Isaias, 23. ELSEY Jordan, 19. GARUCCIO Benjamin, 20. IZZO Paul (GK), 16. KONSTANDOPOULOS, 2. MARRONE Michael, 17. MILEUSNIC Nikola, 4. WARLAND Benjamin

Substitutes: 9. DIAWARA Papa Babacar, 7. KITTO Ryan, 1. MARGUSH Daniel (GK), 10. MATMOUR Karim, 24. O’Doherty Jordan

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