Late goal gives Adelaide United crucial Victory points

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On a cool Friday night at AAMI Park the highly anticipated rivalry match ended with late drama, sending the traveling Adelaide United fans home happy.

The first few minutes were wouldn’t reflect the eventual scoreline as captain Leigh Broxham had a shot from 30 metres out forced over the crossbar by Eugene Galekovic.

25 minutes in Victory, fan favourite Archie Thompson’s acrobatic attempt at goal almost paid off, his shot flying over the bar.

Adelaide’s only clear cut chance came a minute later as Sergio Cirio cut inside the Victory defence and releasing a shot outside the box but it was straight at Danny Vukovic and held.

Gui Finkler, who was omitted from the AFC Champions League squad earlier in the week, looked as if he had a point to prove. The playmaker was fired up and involved in some very physical contests.

Finkler hit the crossbar from a sizzling freekick, similar to one in the Melbourne Derby last week which caused controversy over whether it was over the line or not. This time however it clearly stayed out.

Early in the second term Adelaide United tried to pinch an early goal, newcomer Stefan Mauk’s shot just going over the crossbar.

A contentious moment at 53 minutes with half a shout for handball as United were clearing the ball looking like it clipped Jordan Elsey’s hand on the way out.

With 20 minutes remaining Craig Goodwin’s striving run down the left almost paid dividends. Goodwin beat Daniel Georgievski and elected to shoot rather than cross from an acute angle, hitting the crossbar.

Two minutes later Besart Berisha attempted to go for goal of the season as Fahid Ben Khalfallah’s cross forced him to try a bicycle kick but put it wide.

With 15 minutes remaining on the clock, Finkler’s corner looked to have struck Bruce Djite’s arm, however a penalty wasn’t given.

The south-east corner of the arena exploded into celebration at the 90th minute when Mauk’s cross found Bruce Kamau who’s shot was deflected into the goal by Scott Galloway to give Adelaide a late winner.

Victory would press with five minutes of added time to no avail, leaving the Reds fans jubilant.

Melbourne Victory: 1. VUKOVIC Danny, 2. GERIA Jason (60’ 5. GEORGIEVSKI Daniel), 3. GALLOWAY Scott, 4. ANSELL Nick (81’ 16. MAHAZI Rashid), 6. BROXHAM Leigh, 7. FINKLER Gui, 8. BERISHA Besart, 10. THOMPSON Archie (71’ 11. PAIN Connor), 13. BOZANIC Oliver, 14. BEN KHALFALLAH Fahid, 17. DELPIERRE Matthieu

Adelaide United: 1. GALEKOVIC Eugene, 2. MARRONE Michael, 4. MCGOWAN Dylan, 6. MAUK Stefan, 8. ISAIAS, 9. CIRIO Sergio (75’ 24. KAMAU Bruce), 10. CARRUSCA Marcelo (88’ 17. DUGANDZIC Mate), 11. DJITE Bruce (83’ 7. SANCHEZ Pablo), 16. GOODWIN Craig, 21. ELRICH Tarek, 23. ELSEY Jordan

Referee: Ben Williams

Attendance: 18924

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Clement Tito
Currently studying at Deakin University in Melbourne, Clem has experience writing on AFL and has worked at Preston Leader Newspapers in Victoria. He loves reporting, spectating, discussing and playing both AFL and football.

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