Adelaide flex their attacking firepower to put away Macarthur

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Despite coming off a short turnaround, Adelaide United maintained their attacking pressure throughout Wednesday night’s clash and scored a 3-1 victory over Macarthur FC. 

For the second time in two games, Tomi Juric proved his doubters wrong and gave the Reds an early 1-0 lead after he drilled a header past Adam Federici. 

The Bulls suffered another sudden blow in the first half when hulking centre-back Aleksander Jovanic left the field due to a lower leg injury in the 24th minute. 

United were close to adding a second goal when Ben Halloran found the ball at the back post and came inches away from finding a teammate with his final pass. 

Although Adelaide continually kept the Macarthur defence on their toes, the Bulls managed to launch a dangerous counter-attack against the run of play.

Young winger Jake Hollman would finish off the move by threading a pitch-perfect pass to Matt Derbyshire, who calmly scored the equaliser for Macarthur.

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You would struggle to tell based on his performance in the opening 45 minutes, but Bulls head coach Ante Milicic revealed Hollman was still adjusting to senior football. 

“This is Jake’s first year playing with men,” he said.

“It’s definitely a step up to play against a team that’s in form, he’ll definitely learn from it.”

To start the second half, Adelaide continued their attacking pressure and were close to regaining the lead when Craig Goodwin’s shot from inside the box was palmed away by Federici. 

Macarthur had no answer for Goodwin’s rapid pace and the Reds’ superstar earned Adelaide a penalty after Lachlan Rose pulled him down in the box. 

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United’s reliable winger went on to convert the spot-kick and put Adelaide back in front 2-1.

Despite regaining the lead, the Reds continued pushing forward and scored again when Ben Halloran clipped Goodwin’s cross into the back of the net, giving United a 3-1 advantage. 

Along with all the Adelaide fans in attendance, head coach Carl Veart enjoyed his side’s attacking clinic against the Bulls.

“They’ve ]Adelaide] got a really good understanding of how I want to play and how to play that attacking brand of football,” Veart said.

“They’re carrying it out and I really enjoy watching them.”

Al-Hassan Toure came close to increasing United’s lead further but his shot from the front post narrowly rose above the crossbar. 

Although Macarthur tried to work their way back into the game, Adelaide’s forward presence was too strong and they secured a 3-1 victory at home.

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Following the game, Milicic commended Adelaide’s ability to keep his side locked in their back third.

“In the second half, we just got pinned back. We couldn’t get out of a block,” he said.

“The majority of the game we were in the back third and in the end, we couldn’t deal with what they had in the front third.”

After taking home the three points, Veart turned his attention to this weekend’s season-defining clash against Sydney FC.

“They’re the benchmark Sydney FC. I said that when we played them here [in Adelaide] a couple of weeks ago,” he said. 

“We’re going to go there Sunday and it’s going to be a very entertaining, great game to watch.”

United rise to second on the A-League standings following the win while Macarthur remains in fifth place. 

Feature image credit: Jordan Trombetta

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Amir Daou
Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Activity and Bachelor of Media and Communications student at Flinders University. Writing intern covering the latest in Adelaide United news and matches. Sport is my passion and I'm excited to learn more about the industry during my time with The Football Sack.

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