A McGree brace sinks the Victory

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Adelaide United have defeated arch-rivals Melbourne Victory 3-1 courtesy of a Riley McGree double.

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Adelaide started the brighter of the two sides as the opening five minutes saw Kristian Opseth and Nikola Mileusnic both miss golden opportunities with complete miss kicks in front of goal.

Melbourne’s first attack was a swift counter finish with a blocked Andrew Nabbout shot. Adelaide then went straight down the other end and George Blackwood’s header forced a smart reaction save from Lawrence Thomas after a looping cross delivered by McGree on the left.

In a frantic opening 20 minutes, Victory fashioned their second opportunity through Leigh Broxham. He popped up on the right and found Corey Brown unmarked at the back post but his shot was straight at Paul Izzo in goal.

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Adelaide then drew first blood through McGree as he pounced on Opseth’s shot that cannoned off the base of the post for a tap in to make it 1-0.

The match began to settle down as the first half drew to a close and the end to end nature of the game disappeared along with the clear-cut chances.

Marco Kurz replaced Brandon Lauton with Elvis Kamsoba at half time as the Victory went in search of an equaliser. Kamsoba thought he had found that equaliser until his goal was deemed to include an illegal handball in the build up.

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Kurz began to smell blood and replaced Adama Traore with Robbie Kruse for an extra attacking option.

His substitution paid off as Kruse burst down the left and fired in a cross that found Ola Toivonen at the back post who blasted the ball into the net for Melbourne’s equaliser.

Straight from the kickoff, the Reds fired back and retook the lead through Michael Maria who drove into the box before his shot took a double deflection past the helpless Thomas in goal for a 2-1 lead.

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Adelaide then doubled their advantage to 3-1 as McGree broke away and shrugged off the newly introduced Tim Hoogland to fire the ball into the back of the net for his second of the night.

The Reds fourth consecutive win pushes them into third position on the A-League ladder, whilst Victory are still searching for their second win of the season.

Adelaide United: 3 (McGree 23’ 68’, Maria 63’)
Melbourne Victory: 
1 (Toivonen 61’)

Coopers Stadium
Attendance: 12198

Referee: Alireza Faghani
Assistant Referees: Mathew Cream, Paul Cetrangolo
Fourth Official: Lachlan Keevers

Adelaide United: Paul IZZO (GK), Michael MARRONE, Michael JAKOBSON (C), Riley MCGREE, Ryan STRAIN, Louis D’ARRIGO, James TROISI, Michaël MARIA, Nikola MILEUSNIC (Ryan KITTO 82′), Kristian OPSETH, George BLACKWOOD (Al Hassan TOURE 77’)

Unused subs: Isaac RICHARDS (GK), Vince LIA, Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS, Jordan ELSEY

Melbourne Victory: Lawrence THOMAS (GK), Storm ROUX (Tim HOOGLAND 63’), Corey BROWN, James DONACHIE, Leigh BROXHAM, Andrew NABBOUT, Ola TOIVONEN (C), Thomas DENG, Migjen BASHA, Adama TRAORE (Robbie KRUSE 53’), Brandon LAUTON (Elvis KAMSOBA 46’)

Unused subs: Brendan WHITE (GK), Kenny ATHIU, Jakob POULSEN, Anthony LESIOTIS

Feature image credit: Adelaide United

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