Adelaide United breaks drought against City

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Adelaide United have registered only their second win of the season against Melbourne City on Thursday night at Coopers Stadium, winning the affair 2-1.

Super-sub Mark Ochieng’s maiden A-League goal capped a wonderful team move for the Reds to deliver the win in the 87th minute, a dramatic finish to a match which teetered on the spectacular in the early stages.

With just a handful of minutes remaining, experienced midfielder James Holland played an audacious aerial ball along the flank to Sergio Guardiola, who used his first touch to volley the ball into the centre of the pitch for Ochieng’s run. Totally unmarked, the third gamer continued his sprint towards the box and found the top corner of Dean Bouzanis’ goal.

Adelaide had threatened to score for the entire game, but some solid defending from the likes of Ruon Tongyik and company kept things even for most of the game. Tongyik was a cut above at the back for City, regularly mopping up and forcing Adelaide’s attacking moves wide.

In the early stages of the game both teams threw caution to the wind, notching up a goal each in the first 11 minutes.

City skipper Bruno Fornaroli opened proceedings with an easy tap in following Bruce Kamau’s delightful cross. Kamau found the ball following Tim Cahill’s clever dummy and cut a low ball low to the unmarked Fornaroli, who then skipped into the box and drove his low ball past Eugene Galekovic in goal.

But the lead wasn’t to last long when centre half Dylan McGowan made his way forward to bury United’s first goal in almost five hours of football. Leading the pack from an Isaias free kick, McGowan got a free head to the ball and curled his effort past Dean Bouzanis glove.

From then onwards both teams took the ball into attacking areas regularly, but resolute defending from both parties ensured that the contest remained locked until Adelaide’s sensational riposte to their dismal recent form.

The win puts Adelaide United into ninth on the ladder, ahead of Central Coast Mariners on goal difference. They travel to Sydney next Friday to take on league leaders Sydney FC.

Melbourne City’s efforts to stay in touch with the league’s top two teams has taken a dent following the loss, but will hope to return to form against the hapless Mariners at home next Thursday.

Adelaide United FC:  (10’ McGowan, 87’ Ochieng)
Melbourne City FC: (4’ Fornaroli)

Coopers Stadium
Referee: Jonathan Barreiro
Assistant Referees: Matthew Cream, Paul Centrangolo
Fourth Official: Rick Schneider

Adelaide United FC: 1. GALEKOVIC, Eugene, 2. MARRONE, Michael, 4. McGOWAN, Michael, 5. REGAN, Taylor (76’ yellow card), 7. HENRIQUE (82’ OCHIENG, Mark), 8. ISAIAS, 11. CIRIO, Sergio, 19. GARUCCIO, Benjamin, 22. KITTO, Ryan (60’ CARRUSCA, Marcelo), 24. O’DOHERTY, Jordan (60’ GUARDIOLA, Sergio), 25. HOLLAND, James.
Subtitutes: 9. GUARDIOLA, Sergio, 10. CARRUSCA, Marcelo, 12. OCHIENG, Mark, 16. MAKAROUNAS, Jesse, 20. HALL, John.

Melbourne City FC: 3. ROSE, Joshua, 5. FRANJIC, Ivan, 6. MALIK (45+3’ yellow card), Osama, 9. COLAZO (65’ BRANDAN, Fernando), Nicolas, 11. KAMAU, Bruce, 17. CAHILL, Tim, 20. BOUZANIS, Dean, 21. TONGYIK, Ruon, 22. JAKOBSEN, Michael, 23. FORNAROLI, Bruno, 26. BRATTAN, Luke (19’ yellow card)
Substitutes: 1. SORENSEN, Thomas, 2. MUSCAT, Emmanuel, 1. CACERES, Anthony, 18. RETRE, Paulo, 27. BRANDAN, Fernando

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