Adelaide United have made a statement in the run in to finals football after thrashing Newcastle Jets 5-2 at Coopers Stadium on Friday night.

A first half double from Daniel Adlung was a taste of what was to come with Ryan Kitto and Johan Absalonsen finding the scoresheet in the second half.

Dzengis Cavusevic also scored his first A-League goal, with Ben Kantarovski’s unlikely double meaning little for the visitors at the final whistle.

The start of the match had United fans crossing their hearts and fingers after Taylor Regan gave away a foul on the edge of the box.

But Ronald Vargas failed the capitalise on the Adelaide’s set piece vulnerability, crashing his right footed curler into the crossbar.

The Reds dictated play soon after and had the all-important opener on the 15th minute through Adlung.

Midfield maestro Isaias dished a lovely diagonal ball to Absalonsen on the left wing as his teammates provided options in the centre.

The Dane cut the ball across the face for Cavusevic who dummied, drawing his man to provide the German an eternity of time and space to place his finish into the bottom left.

The hosts continued to pepper the sticks, doubling the lead as Newcastle’s frustrated front three struggled to get a look in.

The German whipped in a treacherous cross from the far left that Cavusevic perhaps should have latched his head onto.

It was fortunate for United that he didn’t however, as the ball bounced past everyone into the bottom right.

A surprising lack of urgency from both sides after the restart was ended abruptly in the 62nd minute when the Jets pulled one back.

The corner from Riley McGree met Nikolai Topor-Stanley’s head with his effort caught in a maze of legs before a Ben Kantarovski back-heeled flick did the trick, the ball dribbling in despite a desperate clearing effort from Ben Garuccio.

However it mattered little as the Reds opened the floodgates.

Kitto scored Adelaide’s third, controlling a Cavusevic flick on brilliantly to fly past Newcastle’s centre-backs and slide the ball underneath Jack Duncan.

The fourth – Adelaide’s best – was a phenomenal Absalonsen volley on the 72nd minute.

Michael Marrone’s floated his cross to the back post, where the composed winger struck the ball flush on the full with his left, volleying it across Duncan’s splayed fingertips and into the net.

With 15 minutes remaining Tarek Elrich made his long awaited return to football, booming applause rattling around the stadium as the former Socceroo graced the pitch for the first time since April 7, 2017.

Jason Hoffman had seen enough. He lunged out at Garuccio in the 78th minute to earn his second yellow and an early shower.

The Reds weren’t done yet, adding a fifth through Dzengis. The big Slovenian scored his first of the season, making the most of a smart cut-back from Kitto, bundling the ball home to make it 5-1.

Kantarovski’s second was pure consolation, taking advantage of a goal mouth scramble to poke the ball between Izzo’s legs in the 89th minute.

Adelaide United 5 (Adlung 15’, 45+1’, Kitto 68’, Absalonsen 71’, Cavusevic 79’)

Newcastle Jets 2 (Kantarovski 62’, 89’)

Coopers Stadium

Referee: Kurt AMS

Assistant Referees: Matthew CREAM & Paul CETRANGOLO

Fourth Official: Daniel ELDER

Adelaide United

2. MARRONE Michael, 5. REGAN Taylor, 8. ISAIAS (C) (6. LIA Vince 77′), 11. ABSALONSEN Johan (21. ELRICH Tarek 74′), 16. KONSTANDOPOLOUS Nathan, 17. MILEUSNIC Nikola (7. KITTO Ryan 63′), 19. GARUCCIO Benjamin, 20. IZZO Paul (gk), 23. ELSEY Jordan, 37. ADLUNG Daniel, 77. CAVUSEVIC Dzengis

Substitutes: 1. MARGUSH Daniel (gk), 6. LIA Vince, 7. KITTO Ryan, 14. BLACKWOOD George, 21. ELRICH Tarek

Newcastle Jets

1. DUNCAN Jack (gk), 3. HOFFMAN Jason, 5. KANTAROVSKI Benjamin, 6. UGARKOVIC Steven (10. BROWN Wayne 57′), 8. VARGAS Ronald (32. THURGATE Angus 64′), 11. RODRIGUEZ Patricio, 17. GEORGEVSKI Daniel, 22. JACKSON Lachlan, 24. CHAMPNESS Joseph (16. COWBURN Nicholas 45′), 27. MCGREE Riley, 44. TOPOR-STANLEY Nikolai (C)

Substitutes: 10. BROWN Wayne, 13. VUJICA Ivan, 16. COWBURN Nicholas, , 20. MOSS Glen (gk), 32. THURGATE Angus

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