Adelaide bounce back with determined Jets win

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Adelaide United recovered from last week’s thumping loss by edging out Newcastle Jets in a 1-0 win at Coopers Stadium in front of 6,642 fans.

The rare victory was sealed thanks to a second half penalty from Marcelo Carrusca, with the Reds determined defending enough to keep out a late onslaught from Newcastle.

Both teams started the clash with energy and vigour, but neither were rewarded for their efforts with any stand out chances.

Riley McGree provided the most exciting moment of the early stages when he appeared to be pulled back in the box by Nigel Boogard after just three minutes. Referee Kurt Ams proved unconvinced though, waving away McGree’s calls for a penalty.

While Adelaide looked a far better team than the one embarrased 5-0 by Perth Glory seven days before, their patient build up play was let down time and again by poor decision making around the area.

Newcastle on the other hand looked dangerous as always on the break, with Morten Nordstrand, Lei Lei Ma and Andrew Nabbout combining brilliantly with some silky movement and passing.

And it was Nordstrand who almost grabbed the lead for the Jets with a looping header after 34 minutes. John Hall was caught off his line, but did exceptionally well to race back and tip the header wide of goal with an outstretched hand – the big man earning a headache for his troubles after careering into the post face-first to make the save.

The Reds bossed possession in the early stages of the second half and were unlucky not to find the net through Nikola Mileusnic’s glancing header and debutant Kim Jae-Sung’s volley. 

But Adelaide were finally rewarded for their perseverance when Tarek Elrich was taken down in the box by Daniel Mullen following a driving run.

Carrusca stepped up to the spot and cooly caressed the ball into the bottom left corner, earning his first goal of the season and giving the hosts a deserved 61st minute lead.

Tempers began to flare as Newcastle pushed forward to grab an equaliser in the final 30 minutes, with both Lei Lei and McGree lucky to stay on the field for nasty challenges.

Adelaide remained resolute in defense in the final minutes despite the desperate last-ditch efforts from the Jets, holding on for a much needed win which saw the gap between them and 9th placed Central Coast Mariners reduced to five points.  

The Jets will be utterly disappointed with a missed chance to cement their claim on 6th place, with the loss dropping them below the Western Sydney Wanderers on goal difference.

 

Adelaide United FC: 1 (Carrusca 61’)
Newcastle Jets: 0

Venue: Coopers Stadium
Crowd: 6,642

Referee: Kurt Ams
Assistant Referees: Matthew Cream and Paul Centrangolo
Fourth Official: Rick Schneider

Adelaide United FC: 2. MARRONE Michael, 4. McGOWAN, Dylan, 5. REGAN Taylor, 8. SANCHEZ Isaias (7. KIM Jae-Sung 45’), 10. CARRUSCA Marcelo (C), 11. CIRIO Sergio, 17. Nikola MILEUSNIC (19. GARUCCIO Ben 77’), 18. McGREE, Riley, 20. HALL John (GK), 21. ELRICH Tarek, 24. O’DOHERTY, Jordan (13. MARINO 94’)
Substitutes: 15. WARLAND Ben, 30. MARGUSH Daniel (GK)

Newcastle Jets: 2. MULLEN Daniel, 3. HOFFMAN Jason, 4. BOOGARD Nigel (C), 6. UGARKOVIC Steven, 7. HOOLE Andrew, 8. POLJAK Mateo (28. KOUTROUMBIS John 65’), 15. NABBOUT Andrew, 18. LEI LEI Ma (23. CLUT Devante 84’), 19. NORDSTRAND Morten (10. BROWN Wayne 72’), 20. DUNCAN Jack (GK), 22. JACKSON Lachlan
Substitutes: 16. COWBURN Nicholas, 50. ARCABA Tomislav (GK)

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