Adelaide United make it three wins in a row

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Adelaide United have secured three wins in a row with a come from behind 3-1 victory away to Central Coast Mariners.

It was a cagey opening at Gosford as both sides fought for early dominance on the ball. It did not take long for the game to spring to life as Sam Silvera was brought down inside the area by Michael Marrone.

Serbian Milan Ðurić made no mistake from the spot and gave the Mariners an early lead in the 6th minute.

The home side continued on the front foot with goal scorer Ðurić’s volleyed effort from outside the box directed straight at Paul Izzo. The Reds looked rattled at the back and found it hard to settle on the ball amidst Central Coast pressure.

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The away side slowly found their way into the game and in the 26th minute after great interplay Ben Halloran equalised for Adelaide with a powerful effort past a helpless Mark Birighitti.

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The Central Coast were very close to grabbing a second goal as Jordan Murray’s deflected header was cleared off the line by Michael Jakobsen to keep the scores level.

Adelaide went right up the other end through Michael Maria who cut the ball back to Nikola Mileusnic who expertly put the ball in the top corner to give United the lead in the 38th minute.

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Everything was going perfect for a rampant Adelaide side and in the 45th minute Norweigan Kristian Opseth smashed the ball into the back of the net after a great delivery from Halloran.

Despite a positive start by the Mariners, Adelaide would be the side that went into the break with a healthy lead.

The second half saw United carry on where they left off as they hunted for an elusive fourth goal however the Central Coast did not look down and out.

It went from bad to worse for the home side as Adelaide were awarded a penalty in the 57th minute after a foul from Giancarlo Gallifuoco. Brighitti would acrobatically deny Opseth’s effort to keep the score at 3-1.

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The save sparked the game to life and the Mariners hit the away side on the counter as a looping cross found an open Gallifuoco who’s header was tipped over by Paul Izzo.

With 15 minutes to go, the Central Coast in their attempt to chase the game struggled to get more than two passes together as a sturdy Adelaide team kept frustrating the yellow and navy.

The final 10 minutes would be spent in United’s area as the Mariners kept on searching for that second goal but were unable to find the crucial finishing touch.

The second half did not live up to the action packed first 45 with Birighitti’s penalty save the highlight as Adelaide would go on to take the three points in an emphatic victory away from home.

Central Coast Mariners 1: (Ðurić 6’)
Adelaide United 3: (Halloran 26’, Mileusnic 38’, Opseth 45’)

Central Coast Stadium
Attendance: 5773

Referee: Kurt Ams
Assistant Referees: Lance Greenshields & Kearney Robinson
Fourth Official: Stephen Lucas

Central Coast Mariners: 1. Mark BIRIGHITTI (GK), 2. Ziggy GORDON, 3. Jack CLISBY, 6. Giancarlo GALLIFUOCO (19. Matthew SIMON 75’), 7. Milan ÐURIĆ, 9. Jordan MURRAY, 10. Thomas OAR (C), 16. Dylan FOX (27. Lewis MILLER 45’), 17. Samuel SILVERA, 18. Gianni STENSNESS (4. Eunsun KIM 67’), 21. Ruon TONGYIK
Unused subs: 12. Adam PEARCE (GK), 25. John ROBERTS, 26. Joshua NISBET, 30. Dylan RUIZ-DIAZ

Adelaide United: 20. Paul IZZO (GK), 2. Michael MARRONE, 4. Ryan STRAIN, 5. Michael MARIA, 8. Riley MCGREE (16. Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS 90’), 10. James TROISI, 11. Kristen OPSETH, 17. Nikola MILEUSNIC (14. George BLACKWOOD 77’), 22. Michael JAKOBSEN (23. Jordan ELSEY 54’), 26. Ben HALLORAN, 27. Louis D’ARRIGO
Unused subs: 30. Isaac RICHARDS (GK), 7. Ryan KITTO

Feature image credit: Glenn Pokorny

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