Early goals to Craig Goodwin and Ken Ilsø in the first half was enough for Adelaide to secure all three points over arch-rivals Melbourne Victory.

It was the Original Rivalry but the game followed anything but the original script as Adelaide walked away 2-0 winners over fellow finals aspirant Melbourne Victory.

It began in the 18th minute as Nikola Mileusnic was found breaking down the right wing with a splitting ball, after being afforded too much space by the Victory defence.

Mileusnic used every bit of his speed to get down the touch-line before playing through a gilded ball across to a sliding Craig Goodwin who managed to tuck the ball under Lawrence Thomas for the first goal.

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Victory seemed shaken by the opener as they failed to regain any sense of composure on the ball, which became more noticeable when Adelaide struck again in the 21st minute.

In trying to hold possession, Victory played the ball back to centre-back Thomas Deng who managed something between a pass and a touch only to lose out to Ken Ilsø who put it past an on-rushing Thomas for the second.

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Melbourne tried hard to get themselves back in the game but Adelaide seemed to have all the answers as they almost added a third in the 69th minute through Ben Halloran off a Mileusnic cut-back.

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Victory were the better team in the second-half, managing to create several half-chances inside the box thanks to some good work from Terry Antonis and Elvis Kamsoba yet Paul Izzo and Adelaide’s defence refused to be beaten and secured the clean-sheet.

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The win sees Adelaide move back into fifth spot, one point off Melbourne City in fourth but ends Melbourne Victory’s seven game win-streak in Adelaide.

The result adds intrigue to the clash between Adelaide and Sydney next round while Melbourne Victory welcome Newcastle for a rematch of last season’s grand final.

Adelaide United 2 (Goodwin 18’ Ilsø 21’)
Melbourne Victory 0

Coopers Stadium

Referee: Shaun Evans
Assistant Referee 1: Paul Cetrangolo
Assistant Referee 2: Josh Mannella
Fourth Official: Daniel Elder
VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones

Adelaide United: 3.Scott GALLOWAY, 4.Ryan STRAIN, 8.Isaías SÁNCHEZ (c), 10.Ken ILSØ (14.George BLACKWOOD 62′), 11.Craig GOODWIN, 16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS, 17.Nikola MILEUSNIĆ (7.Ryan KITTO 75′), 20.Paul IZZO (gk), 22.Michael JAKOBSEN, 23.Jordan ELSEY, 26.Ben HALLORAN (2.Michael MARRONE 94′)
Unused Substitutes: 1.Daniel MARGUŠ (gk), 27.Louis D’ARRIGO.

Melbourne Victory: 2.Storm ROUX, 3.Corey BROWN, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 8.Terry ANTONIS, 9.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 10.James TROISI (19.Rahmat AKBARI 63′), 11.Ola TOIVONEN (7.Kenny ATHIU 78′), 14.Tommy DENG, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (GK), 21.Carl VALERI (C) (15. Raul BAENA 72′), 24.Elvis KAMSOBA.
Unused Substitutes: 1.Matt ACTON (GK),  16.Josh HOPE.

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