Adelaide make it three in a row by defeating City

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Melbourne City returned to South Australia looking to atone for their FFA Cup final defeat but it was not to be as Adelaide United secured a 3-1 victory.

It was a slow start to the match and the opening ten minutes conjured up few clear-cut chances until the Reds opened the scoring through Ben Halloran – who pounced on Craig Noone’s inability to clear Nathan Konstandopoulos’ corner.

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Four minutes later and Noone made up for his error to level the score 1-1. After Jamie Maclaren neatly touched the ball into the Englishman’s path which allowed him to fire past the helpless Paul Izzo.

The game then settled and the midfield battle became the focus, which City claimed but still could not create any chances of note.

The Reds looked to swing the momentum through Riley McGree, who turned Galloway inside out on the right, drove towards goal and won his side a corner with five minutes to go.

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The following corner from McGree restored Adelaide’s lead and presented Halloran with a double – who headered home at the back post to give his side the 2-1 advantage.

Adelaide then doubled their lead with another header from a corner – this time it was George Blackwood whose hammering header rocketed past a helpless Dean Bouzanis giving his side a 3-1 advantage heading into half time.

United had the opportunity to make it four through McGree who blazed well over the crossbar from Nikola Mileusnic’s square ball just a minute after the restart.

Konstandopoulos had a similar opportunity to McGree’s previous but much like his teammate, he fired over the crossbar.

McGree came close with 25 minutes to go when his low driven shot skimmed off the outside of Bouzanis’ post from 20 yards.

As City chased the game Harrison Delbridge’s challenge on Mileusnic was deemed to be too reckless for a yellow by VAR who intervened and upgraded referee Alex King’s card to a red one.

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With City chasing the game and down to ten men, the match opened up and Adelaide was afforded more space in the attacking third.

The match finished 3-1 and it was Adelaide’s night as they moved into fifth with their third consecutive victory. City remains 13 points behind Sydney FC at the top of the A-League.

Adelaide United: 3 (Halloran 12’ 41’, Blackwood 45’)
Melbourne City: 
1 (Noone 16’)

Coopers Stadium
Attendance:
7,068

Referee: Alex King
Assistant Referees: Mathew Cream & Paul Cetrangolo
Fourth Official: Daniel Cook

Adelaide United: Paul IZZO (GK), Ryan STRAIN, Michael JAKOBSON (C), Jordan ELSEY, Louis D’ARRIGO, Michaël MARIA, Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS, Nikola MILEUSNIC (Ryan KITTO 90′), Ben HALLORAN, George BLACKWOOD (Kristian OPSETH 62′)

Unused subs: Dakota OCHSENHAM (GK), Michael Marrone, Lachlan BROOK, Mirko BOLAND

Melbourne City:  Dean BOUZANIS (GK), Scott GALLOWAY, Harrison DELBRIDGE, Jack HENDRY, Josh BRILLANTE, Jamie MACLAREN, Florin BERENGUER (Lachlan WALES 81′), Craig NOONE, Markel SUSAETA (Connor METCALFE 72′), Ramy NAJJARINE, Curtis GOOD

Unused subs: Tom GLOVER (GK), Rostyn GRIFFITHS, Nathaniel ATKINSON, Denis GENREAU, Moudi NAJJAR

Feature image credit: Adelaide United

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Lover of all things football. Covering Adelaide United in 2019/20 for TFS!