Adelaide claim bragging rights with gutsy win over Victory

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Adelaide United defend their home turf once again with a classy 1-0 win over arch-rivals Melbourne Victory. 

The Original Rivalry is always a spectacle and the start of Saturday night’s game was no exception. 

Mohammed Toure got in behind the Victory defence and forced Max Crocombe to make an excellent save in the opening minutes. 

Shortly after, Rudy Gestede got his head to Leigh Broxham’s cross and nearly put the visitors ahead. 

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Sadly for Gestede, he succumbed to a leg injury moments later and was replaced by Elvis Kamsoba in the 9th minute. 

Toure continued giving the Victory defence problems but narrowly missed a one-on-one opportunity, pummelling his shot into the side netting. 

With pressure mounting on Victory’s back-four, both Jake Brimmer and Dylan Ryan received yellow cards trying to halt United’s promising attacks. 

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Although it was a frantic start to the game, Victory managed to slow the game down and maintained 57% possession to conclude the first half.

Following a scoreless opening half, Victory’s injury woes continued and Callum McManaman was substituted for Robbie Kruse due to a lower leg complaint.  

Toure finally got on the scoreboard when he outmuscled Ryan and placed a classy shot in the bottom right corner. 

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Unfortunately for Toure, his night came to end near the hour mark when he began getting heavy cramps in his leg.    

During the middle stages of the second half, Victory had several opportunities to level the scoreline through Marco Rojas and Adama Traore but could not convert. 

As seems to always be the case, the Original Rivalry delivered some late drama when a shoving match broke out between United and Victory players following a late challenge on Tomi Juric.  

Despite losing two key forwards, Victory fought until the final whistle but could not break Adelaide’s persistent back-four.

The Reds have won back-to-back home games and now sit in second place on the A-League ladder. Victory is still winless following the 1-0 defeat and remain 11th. 

Adelaide United: 1
Melbourne Victory: 0

Adelaide United: James Delianov (GK), Ryan Strain (Lopez 45′), Jordan Elsey, Michael Jakobsen, Noah Smith, Ben Halloran (Niyongabire 85′), Joe Caletti (Konstandopoulos 85′), Louis D’Arrigo, Mohammed Toure (Yengi 67′), Tom Juric, Ryan Kitto (Dukuly 60′)
Subs: Joe Gauci (GK), Yaya Dukuly, Javi Lopez, Kusini Yengi, George Timotheou, Pacifique Niyongabire, Nathan Konstandopoulos 

Melbourne Victory: Max Crocombe (GK), Adama Traore, Ryan Shotton, Storm Roux, Dylan Ryan, Leigh Broxham, Jacob Butterfield, Jake Brimmer, Marco Rojas (Kirdar 73′), Callum McManaman (Kruse 52′), Rudy Gestede (Kamsoba 10′)
Subs: Matt Acton (GK), Robbie Kruse, Birkan Kirdar, Jay Barnett, Elvis Kamsoba, Aaron Anderson 

Referee: Chris Beath 

Venue: Coopers Stadium

Feature Image Credit: Jordan Trombetta

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