Adelaide United record scrappy 1-0 victory

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Adelaide United have recorded an unconventional 1-0 victory over Newcastle Jets to continue their impressive unbeaten run.

The hosts took the lead late in the first half courtesy of Marcelo Carrusca before comfortably seeing out the result in the second half.

Sunday afternoon’s encounter started negatively for the Jets, receiving two yellow cards in the opening few minutes.

Trifunovic was firstly booked for kicking the ball away before Kitto was carded for a similar offence.

Given the turbulent week the Jets had endured, it seemed this was a sign that the negativity was set to continue.

In the 9th minute Adelaide nearly took full advantage of the Jets’ stuttering opening, with Craig Goodwin forcing Birighitti into an excellent save.

But to many spectators and possibly players’ surprise, the Jets began to improve their football, passing with genuine intent while forcing the ball into dangerous areas of the ground.

This slow and steady improvement from the visitors suddenly developed into prolonged brilliance as the Jets began to dominate proceedings.

The Adelaide defence was under extreme pressure as the Jets pushed forward with increasing confidence and momentum.

Anver Alivodic fluffed a golden opportunity to put the visitors in front, mistiming his shot from a dangerous position inside the box.

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The Jets would rue this chance as on the stroke of half time, Marcelo Carrusca undeservedly put the hosts ahead.

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The Spaniard powerfully struck the ball home after an initial goalmouth struggle, sending the Coopers Stadium crowd into raptures.

This goal changed the entire complexity and feel of the match and allowed Adelaide to take back the ascendancy and control.

United’s start to the second half was very dominant and gave a more accurate reflection of their form at present.

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They perfected their excellent pressing game, making it extremely difficult for the Jets to hold possession of the ball.

Despite this the score remained 1-0 as Djite and Mells squandered good opportunities from excellent positions.

As the game neared its conclusion and Adelaide failed to put the result to bed, slight nerves began to creep into Adelaide’s play.

The hosts began to put more of an impetus on defence, sending a few extra numbers behind the ball as they attempted to see the game out.

In the end Adelaide did this comfortably, recording another important victory on their impressive climb up the ladder.

The result sees Adelaide move along to 26 points, well entrenched inside the top six and within striking distance of the teams above.

The result is a further blow for Newcastle who remain on 16 points and have a date with Melbourne City to come.

ADELAIDE UNITED: 1. GALEKOVIC Eugene, 3. LA ROCCA Lacopo, 4. MCGOWAN Dylan, 7. SANCHEZ Pablo, 8. ISAIAS, 10. CARRUSCA Marcelo, 11. DJITE Bruce, 14. MELLS George, 16. GOODWIN Craig, 21. ELRICH Tarek, 23. ELSEY Jordan.
SUBSTITUTES: 2. MARRONE Michael, 6. MAUK Stefan, 9. CIRIO Sergio, 17. DUGANDZIC Mate, 20. HALL John.

NEWCASTLE JETS: 1. BIRIGHITTI Mark, 2. MULLEN Daniel, 3. HOFFMAN Jason, 6. WATSON Cameron, 7. ALIVODIC Enver, 8. POLJAK Mateo, 9. TRIFUNOVIC Milos, 10. SANTIAGO Leonardo, 22. JACKSON Lachlan, 24. COWBURN Nicholas, 28. KITTO Ryan.
SUBSTITUTES: 14. COOPER Mitch, 16. UGARKOVIC Steven, 20. KENNEDY Ben, 27. CROWLEY Braedyn, 19. NORDSTRAND Morten.

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