A sensational five goal haul from Marco Kurz’s Reds proves there is life – and goals – left in United’s premiership challenge.

5-2 was the final score in front of a paltry 7227 at a balmy Coopers Stadium.

Goals to Johan Absalonsen, Ryan Kitto and Dzengis Cavusevic are huge confidence boosters for the front three, whilst engine-room midfielder Daniel Adlung collected a hard-working brace.

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Though the stats sheet may only display them as goals, it was Absalonsen’s second goal in two weeks following his injury return, Kitto’s first since Boxing Day and Dzengis’ first since his arrival.

Crucially, the industrious forward trident had fantastic chemistry after the introduction of Kitto, with those names mentioned above all collecting an assist to go with their goals.

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It’s safe to say the coach was a pleased man.

“We played a very good first half. We stayed very compact, disciplined, very strong and we waited for the right moment for our transition game, which was one of our goals.

“Today we scored from our chances, in the last games we created a lot of chances but didn’t score.

“We scored five goals against Newcastle, one of the best, if not the best, defensive teams in the league.

“We need every player and today I give a big congratulations to the whole squad, not just those playing today. It’s good to know that now I have more options to find the right line up every game.”

Of all those options the United coach would like to see more of heading into finals, Absalonsen is the crucial piece of Adelaide’s puzzle.

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Injuries have taken their toll on the Danish international throughout the season, though his cracking second-half flush volley was something to savour at Adelaide took control of the match.

“Johan is a different player,” said Kurz.

“He’s a different level and we can be happy that he’s in our squad.”

“It’s good to have Johan score a goal, Dzengis score a goal, they make these players confident for the next games.”

Ernie Merrick was cautiously impressed by the South Australian side after they banged up his Jets side, casting an eye to finals where Newcastle can have the final say.

“There was a few good players in the Adelaide team.

“I’m not going to mention them in case they play against us in the finals but I said to Marco I look forward to catching them in the finals, and at home too.”

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