Adelaide United crowned A-League Premiers

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The blockbuster final round of the Hyundai A-League has seen Adelaide United win the Premier’s Plate after a stirring 2-0 win away to Melbourne City and results falling their way.

The United win sees them stand first on the table with 49 points, shattering any chance of Western Sydney Wanderers taking top spot.

Pressure was on Brisbane Roar to get nothing less than a win against Melbourne Victory, however they failed to take more than a point on Saturday night.

The Reds hit the front straight away. After four minutes Patrick Kisnorbo’s foul on Marcelo Carrusca on the edge of the box proved costly for City as it was converted by Isaias to make it 1-0.

City looked for a reply and at the 18th minute Harry Novillo had a free kick it was beaten away by Eugene Galekovic.

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Nine minutes later Bruno Fornaroli played in Nick Fitzgerald who looked like he would score, but his shot was tame and was held by Galekovic.

It became a niggly affair, with Bruno Fornaroli and Iacopo La Rocca both involved in a tussle. Tempers were frayed resulting in the Uruguayan exchanging words with United coach Guillermo Amor on the touch line.

Marcelo Carrusca then had two chances in the space of six minutes. The initial chance was created with a lob by Stefan Mauk who found Carrusca alone and onside in the box but failed to control it.

Subsequently Craig Goodwin had a free kick that wasn’t dealt with by Sorensen, the follow up landed to Carrusca who couldn’t capitalise.

On the brink of halftime controversy erupted when Thomas Sorensen and Stefan Mauk’s bodies clashed, a penalty was awarded and converted by Bruce Djite to make it 2-0.

The heat in the game exploded after the half-time whistle with one of the biggest melees in A-League history unfolding on the touch line. It then continued in the tunnel with Connor Chapman and former teammate Mauk exchanging words.

The ruckus resulted in Novillo and Mauk booked and City’s assistant coach Joey Didulica dismissed to the stands.

Seven minutes into the second half Fitzgerald had another opportunity teed up by Novillo, but Galekovic calmly held it again.

At the 62nd minute Dylan McGowan looked to make it three with a header, however the referee paid a push in the back against Patrick Kisnorbo to leave City with a chance.

Despite City’s push, United looked in cruise control as City were failing to test the Reds’ defence, in the final minute Mauk nearly put the icing on the cake but Sorensen saved the Melburnians from further embarrassment.

Adelaide United win the 2015/16 Hyundai A-League Premiership after Melbourne Victory held Brisbane Roar to a 0-0 draw at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

Melbourne City: 1. SORENSEN Thomas, 2. WILKINSON Alex (70’ 29. CACERES Anthony), 4. CHAPMAN Connor (61’ 22. CLISBY Jack), 5. FRANJIC Ivan, 8. MOOY Aaron, 9. NOVILLO Harry, 23. FORNAROLI Bruno, 24. KISNORBO Patrick, 25. MELLING Jacob (46’ MARINO Marc), 27. FITZGERALD Nick, 33. MALIK Osama

Adelaide United: 1. GALEKOVIC Eugene, 2. MARRONE Michael, 3. LA ROCCA Iacopo, 4. MCGOWAN Dylan, 6. MAUK Stefan, 8. ISAIAS, 9. CIRIO Sergio, 10. CARRUSCA Marcelo (88’ 17.DUGANDZIC Mate), 11. DJITE Bruce (87’ 14. MELLS George), 16. GOODWIN Craig, 24. KAMAU Bruce (66’ PABLO SANCHEZ)

Referee: Strebre Delovski

Attendance: 11454

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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.