Down but not out: Juric’s persistence pays off

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Following a disappointing first half in the attacking third, Tomi Juric silenced the doubters and helped Adelaide United to a 2-0 victory over Melbourne City. 

During the post-match press conference, Adelaide coach Carl Veart heaped praise on the star striker by labelling him the “best striker Australia has” and “a great finisher”. 

It was a frustrating first half for Juric. Missed chances and technical errors made many Adelaide fans believe the Socceroo was suffering from an early season slump.  

Despite an irritating first half, Juric began to gain confidence after the break when he took on City centre-back Curtis Good and forced Tom Glover to make a strong save at the near post. 

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With the game deadlocked 0-0 at the hour mark, Adelaide needed a spark from their talented striker. 

Shortly after, a risky Scott Jamieson tackle resulted in a second yellow for the City captain and filled Adelaide with the confidence they needed in attack. 

Eager to make the most of Jamieson’s dismissal, talented Reds youngster, Louis D’Arrigo delivered a sublime set-piece to none other than Tomi Juric. 

To the roar of over 10,000 United fans, Juric made the most of D’Arrigo’s brilliant lay off and thumped the ball into the bottom left corner to give the Reds a 1-0 lead. 

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In an outpour of emotion and relief, Juric celebrated by pulling off his shirt and sprinting towards his United teammates. 

United fans will be hoping Juric’s ability to persist through challenging times will lead them to future successes as the team prepares for their next fixture against arch-rivals, Melbourne Victory.

Feature image credit: Alen Delic.

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