The Reds registered back-to-back wins for the first time this season comfortably accounting for 10-man Western Sydney Wanderers 2-1 at Coopers Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Ryan Kitto starred for United with his double coming after Robbie Cornthwaite received two yellows in twenty minutes to put his side in a disastrous position for a long 70 minutes.

The host’s created aplenty as usual but failed to rout the disadvantaged Wanderers, in what may have been the Virtual Assistant Referee’s most successful night so far.

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A slow first 20 minutes reflected the less-than-ideal timeslot but the match came to life when debutant Ryan Strain’s cross found Baba Diawara.

The Senegalese striker’s volley was accidentally palmed away by Cornthwaite and the penalty was awarded and a yellow card brandished after a lengthy-but-spot-on VAR check.

The caution was the Wanderers’ captain’s second after a brutal hip-and-shoulder on Adlung earlie, leaving the visitors with it all to do.

But hope remained as Diawara rocketed the spot-kick into the left upright.

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Centre-back Brendan Hamill entered for attacker Alvaro Cejudo immediately after with the tactical switch becoming absolutely necessary as the hosts pressed for the opener.

Adelaide came millimetres away twice more before Kitto deservedly put his side in front on the brink of halftime.

The winger finished neatly low to the left, the ball falling to him from Nikola Mileusnic’s mistimed header.

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The Reds continued to fashion chances in the second half while the Wanderers content with sitting back and praying.

Their wishes were nearly granted when Raul Llorente’s cross found a rising Oriol Riera but his headed effort could only find the woodwork.

Instead Adelaide went forward to score the sealer.

Mileusnic capitalised on a defensive error to run forward before being corralled on the edge of the box by Vedran Janjetovic.

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The United winger kept his composure well and laid the ball to an onrushing Kitto who tidily converted for his second.

The match revealed another twist soon after as Ben Garuccio received his marching orders for a lunging, studs up tackle on Bonevacia in the 77th minute.

Originally given a yellow the verdict again went to the VAR, who declared the tackle warranted a straight red.

But the impact of Cornthwaite’s early shower had already seen to full effect the Wanderers failing to make any remaining opportunities count.

Adelaide United 1 (KITTO 45+1’, 63′)

Western Sydney Wanderers 0

Coopers Stadium (8210)

Referee: Chris BEATH
Assistant Referees: Matthew CREAM & Paul CETRANGOLO
Fourth Official: Daniel ELDER

Adelaide United

7. KITTO Ryan, 8. ISAIAS (C), 9. DIAWARA Papa Babacar (14. BLACKWOOD George 71’), 10. MATMOUR Karim (16. KONSTANDOPOLOUS Nathan 75’), 17. MILEUSNIC Nikola, 19. GARUCCIO Benjamin, 20. IZZO Paul (gk), 22. GULUM Ersan, 23. ELSEY Jordan, 29. STRAIN Ryan (12. OCHIENG Mark 59’), 37. ADLUNG Daniel

Substitutes: 1. MARGUSH Daniel (gk), 4. WARLAND Benjamin, 12. OCHIENG Mark, 14. BLACKWOOD George, 16. KONSTANDOPOLOUS Nathan

Western Sydney Wanderers

4. RISDON Johsua, 6. MELLING Jacob (15. BACCUS Kearyn 54’), 8. BONEVACIA Rolieny, 9. RIERA Oriol, 10. CEJUDO Alvaro (5. HAMILL Brendan 27’), 14. KUSUKAMI Jumpei (19. BRIDGE Mark 64’), 16. SOTIRIO Jaushua, 18. CORNTHWAITE Robert (C), 20. JANJETOVIC Vedran (gk), 24. LLORENTE Raul, 33. THWAITE Michael

Substitutes: 5. HAMILL Brendan, 11. SANTALAB Brendon, 15. BACCUS Kearyn, 19. BRIDGE Mark, 30 HALL John (gk)

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