Adelaide ends four game winless streak against arch rivals

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Adelaide United have ended their four-game winless streak by extending their winning streak against the Melbourne Victory with a 1-0 at Coopers Stadium on Friday night.

It was a boisterous start from the home team who looked to attack their bitter rivals from the beginning.

However, it was the Victory who thought they had earned themselves an early penalty after referee Adam Kersey pointed to the spot because he believed the ball had struck Jordan Elsey’s hand from a Robbie Kruse cross, but VAR intervened and overruled the decision.

VAR again intervened and waved away yet another Victory penalty appeal after 23 minutes and it was Kruse and Elsey involved again, as the Reds defender looked to outmuscle the former Socceroo, who ended up on the ground after the coming together.

It was the Reds who broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute through Ben Halloran, who tapped the ball into the net after Riley McGree dropped his shoulder, beat James Donachie and flashed the ball across goal.

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Melbourne had a golden opportunity to draw level instantly as Jakob Poulsen found Andrew Nabbout unmarked on the right of the box, but the winger’s shot flashed past Paul Izzo’s far post.

Adelaide was superior in almost every statistic in the first half; they bossed possession, outshot their opponents and entered the break with a 1-0 lead.

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The Victory came out from the break with a renewed enthusiasm and attacked the Reds straight away through Nabbout and Poulsen, but the Dane blazed well over the crossbar from the cutback.

Elvis Kamsoba was played through on goal ten minutes later by Nabbout, but his shot was saved by Izzo smartly.

Izzo again denied the Victorians moments later after Adama Traore burst into the box and fired at the Adelaide custodian.

Adelaide fought back and hit the post through Nikola Mileusnic’s header as he was found lurking at back by Ryan Strain’s looping cross.

With 20 minutes to go, Nabbout missed Melbourne’s best opportunity of the game as he blazed high over the bar from Kamsoba’s cut back.

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Five minutes later, McGree received the ball in the box, again dropped his shoulder, shook of Migjen Basha and fired towards the net but it narrowly missed the far post.

Adelaide coach Gertjan Verbeek introduced Ryan Kitto late on in the match after a tumultuous week for the pair.

Ultimately it was the Reds who were the more progressive side on the night and deserved to hold onto their 1-0 win. Whilst the Victory again rue missed opportunities in front of goal.

The win made it four wins in a row for the Reds over Melbourne and took Adelaide ahead of the Victory – who have now lost two on the bounce – and into the top six.

Adelaide United: 1 (Halloran 32′) 
Melbourne Victory: 
0

Coopers Stadium
Attendance:
11,412

Referee: Adam Kersey
Assistant Referees: Mathew Cream & Paul Cetrangolo
Fourth Official: Daniel Elder

Adelaide United: Paul IZZO (GK), Ryan STRAIN, Michael JAKOBSON (C), Jordan ELSEY, Louis D’ARRIGO (Mirko BOLAND 73′), Michaël MARIA, Nikola MILEUSNIC, Ben HALLORAN, George BLACKWOOD, Kristian OPSETH (Ryan KITTO 86′)

Unused subs: Dakota OCHSENHAM (GK), Vince LIA, Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS, Michael Marrone, Lachlan BROOK

Melbourne Victory:  Lawrence THOMAS (GK), Storm ROUX (Kenny ATHIU 83′), James DONACHIE, Leigh BROXHAM, Jakob POULSEN (Josh HOPE 67′), Andrew NABBOUT, Robbie KRUSE, Elvis KAMSOBA, Migjen BASHA, Adama TRAORE, Jay BARNETT (Brandon LAUTON 55′)

Unused subs: Brendan WHITE (GK), Anthony LESIOTIS, Ben CARRIGAN

Feature image credit: Phil Radoslovich

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