Adelaide United’s incredible FFA Cup streak ends

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The streak has ended. 

The Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots’ 2007 streak and now Adelaide United’s FFA Cup streak has come to an end 

The Reds’ streak may not be as well documented as the aforementioned ones, but their streak of 12 consecutive wins, the all-time record of consecutive wins in Australia National Cup competitions, has come to an end. 

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It was a tough pill to swallow for Reds fans as their bitter rivals in Melbourne Victory crushed any dreams of a FFA Cup three-peat with a 2-1 win. 

So, what went wrong for United?  

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It was a fantastic first half for United as their attacking form from their 4-0 win over Wellington Phoenix continued, as Craig Goodwin (who has well and truly found his shooting boots) put the Reds in front thanks to a masterful free-kick.

United were dominating and looked to be cruising towards yet another FFA Cup semi-final.

However, it was a second half performance that Reds fans have labelled as “pathetic” as United coughed up their 1-0 half time lead. 

Jake Brimmer’s piece of brilliance levelled the scoring as his set-piece curled through United’s entire defence and left their 16-year-old goalkeeper Steven Hall as still as a statue as Josh Brilliante tapped in the easiest of goals.

It then went from bad to worse for the Reds as Victory’s number nine Francesco Margiotta haunted Adelaide for the second time in as many games as he calmly converted his penalty.

It’s been a week that has gone from bad to worse for United.

First it was the departure of 2020-21 Aurelio Vidmar Club Champion Ben Halloran to South Korea. Then it was rumours of club captain Stefan Mauk taking up an opportunity to play in Japan. 

Now, it’s a home defeat to their bitter rivals and questions must be asked as any chance of silverware in 2022 is rapidly disintegrating.

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Adelaide identified pre-season that recruiting a natural 10 was a priority. Now with the loss of Mauk, the recruitment of an experienced, creative midfielder is paramount.

Otherwise, the Reds are looking towards another gloomy season.

Feature image credit: Jordan Trombetta

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Cameron Ottenhoff
Sport, media and communications student at Flinders University in Adelaide. I was forced to hang the boots up at a young age after discovering I'm no good at sport, so now I just talk about it instead.

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