Adelaide strike early to tame persistent Roar

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Adelaide United have defeated Brisbane Roar 1-0 to break a five-game winless streak and increase their chances of a home final. 

Brisbane’s young side started the game strongly but Adelaide were determined to keep their home record intact. 

Although the Roar’s speed kept the Reds on their toes, Adelaide made the most of their large amount of early possession when Craig Goodwin smashed home Kusini Yengi’s flick-on to give United a 1-0 lead.

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Adelaide maintained control before Josh Brindell-South’s shot clipped Ryan Kitto on the arm, to give Brisbane a penalty and an opportunity to get back into the game. 

Joe Champness stepped up to the spot with confidence, but Reds’ goalkeeper James Delianov remained focused and made a clinical diving save to keep the Roar off the scoreboard.

Adelaide had another chance to increase their advantage before half-time when Yengi got one-on-one with Roar goalkeeper Jamie Young. Yengi powered his shot straight at Young and the first half concluded with Adelaide leading 1-0.

Trying to overcome the one-goal deficit, Brisbane acted swiftly in the second half by bringing on young superstars Riku Danzaki and Dylan Wenzel-Halls to create problems for United’s defence. 

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When asked about why the stars were not in the starting 11, Brisbane head coach Warren Moon said it was a matter of preservation. 

“There was going to be a game where we had to rest Jay [O’Shea], Riku [Danzaki] and Dylan [Wenzel-Halls], it just so happened to be tonight,” Moon explained.

“It’s just what it is [the condensed schedule]. Adelaide came back after Thursday night and, we had a game Wednesday night and had to travel. We don’t make excuses for it, it’s just what we have to deal with.”

Brisbane’s intensity began to lift once their fresh faces came on but Adelaide’s sturdy defence was up to the task and kept the Roar at bay.

After Gol-Gol Mebrathu was fouled just outside of the penalty area, tensions began to flair as the sides approached a crucial moment in the match.

Once again, Delianov pulled off another game-defining save when he leapt into the top corner and parried away Jay O’Shea’s curling free-kick.

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Brisbane got a corner on the cusp of full time but United were able to clear the danger and claim their first win in five games.

Since they collected their third consecutive clean sheet at home, Reds head coach Carl Veart expressed his appreciation for Adelaide’s defensive effort. 

“The boys did well, it’s another clean sheet which is tremendous,” Veart said.

“James [Delianov] was tremendous, he saved the penalty and we can’t forget that. We had very limited time to prepare for the Brisbane game after a tough result against Melbourne City so, the boys responded well.”

Adelaide rises to fourth after the 1-0 victory while Brisbane stays in sixth position on the ladder. 

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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