Adelaide United have stunned traditional rivals Melbourne Victory with a 1-0 win to edge closer to securing a home final in the A-League.

For all the noise and feverent passion which surrounded the match and was voiced from the terraces, on the pitch, the game failed to deliver in the first-half.

United had a few ‘nearly’ moments such as when Michael Marrone almost latched on to a curling Craig Goodwin free-kick, which would have doubled his goal-tally, only for the ball to float out.

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Melbourne’s  best chance of the half fell to play-maker Terry Antonis, on in place of James Troisi, who struck a deflected shot past Paul Izzo, although Ola Toivonen tested Izzo late.

United and Victory were culpable of the same crime; their connection was lacking going forward as balls were played either behind the intended target or a inch in front, leading to an even ledger at the interval.

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Post-interval there were more ‘moments’ if you could call them that, fleeting passages which made you inch forward, only to result in nothingness. Craig Goodwin pinged a speculative strike into Thomas Deng which sparked cries for handball in the 62nd minute but nothing eventuated.

Deng was in focus moments later as he erred in possession of the ball, slipping this time, which gave Adelaide a chance to go create a scoring opportunity, yet, the height of the move resulted in calls for a handball against Keisuke Honda, again to no avail.

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Enter George Blackwood,  who rose highest to a floated ball in from Isaias to head home past Matt Acton and give Adelaide a lead and the match-winner, sending the Red Army into raptures.

The win moves Adelaide United four points clear of Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne City making the righ to a home final their’s to lose with a game against Brisbane Roar next week, meanwhile, Melbourne Victory travel to Western Sydney Wanderers.

Adelaide United 1 (Blackwood 81′)

Melbourne Victory 0

Coopers Stadium

Adelaide United Squad:  2.Michael MARRONE, 3.Scott GALLOWAY, 7.Ryan KITTO, 8.Isaías SÁNCHEZ (c), 11.Craig GOODWIN, 14.George BLACKWOOD (19.Jordy THOMASSEN 84′),  17.Nikola MILEUSNIĆ (6.Vince LIA 88′), 20.Paul IZZO (gk), 22.Michael JAKOBSEN, 26.Ben HALLORAN, 31.Mirko BOLAND,

Unused Substitutes: 1.Daniel MARGUŠ (gk), 23.Jordan ELSEY, 24.Pacifique NIYONGABIRE,

Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Matthew ACTON (gk), 4.Keisuke HONDA, 5.Georg NIEDERMEIER, 6.Leigh BROXHAM,  9.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 10.James TROISI (8.Terry ANTONIS, 31′), 11.Ola TOIVONEN, 14.Thomas DENG (2.Storm ROUX 74′), 15.Raul BAENA,  17.James DONACHIE, 24. Elvis KAMSOBA (7.Kenny ATHIU 84′)

Unused Substitutes: 21.Carl VALERI, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk)

Referee: Peter Green Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Cream

Assistant Referee 2: Paul Cetrangol Fourth Official: Daniel Elder

VAR: Chris Beath

Feature image credit: Phil Radoslovich

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