Reds and Melbourne City can’t be split in entertaining draw

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Both Adelaide United and Melbourne City showed finals quality on a warm night at Coopers Stadium, yet neither could be split in a 2-2 draw.

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City started off strong as they dominated a dormant first half, whilst the home team struggled to draw consecutive passes together. 

Meanwhile, the visitors showed the first signs of being victorious as winger Mathew Leckie showed his class and proved dangerous along the left flank. 

From there onwards it took a chunk of the first half for the visitors to break down the Reds resistant defence, before they finally did. 

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Leckie found an open Andrew Nabbout in the 24th minute to tap in the first goal of the night to put City 1-0 ahead.  

However, the second half ignited a whole new scenario. 

Adelaide coach Carl Veart rallied his troops at the main break to come out a different side, and that they did. 

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The Reds came out roaring as Bernardo Oliveria spearheaded early attacks, that were only let down by their own finishing skills.  

After countless counter attacks, the Reds found the back of the net as George Blackwood finished off a Craig Goodwin delivery. 

But it was short lived as the counter-attacking City put themselves back in front due to the mercurial Maclaren slotting one back. 

Meanwhile, Reds’ fans were furious as Blackwood went down in the box, thankfully, a VAR check erased any doubt as they deemed it a penalty and Nuno Reis received his second yellow and was sent off.

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But the honeymoon period lasted a limited time as Glover saved Goodwin’s resulting shot.  

From there onwards, City’s defiant defence would not be stopped, before an erratic corner found the back of the net thanks United’s brand-new number nine Hiroshi Ibusuki. 

A stellar game from both sides as neither could be separated with a deserving 2-2 score line.  

Adelaide United 2 (Blackwood 60’, Ibusuki 84′)
Melbourne City 2 (Nabbout 24′ Maclaren 66′)

Coopers Stadium 

Referee: Chris Beath
Assistant Referees: Anton Shchetinin, Ashley Beecham
Fourth official: Daniel Elder

Melbourne City: Thomas Glover (gk), Scott Galloway, Scott Jamieson, Nuno Pereira Reis, Rostyn Griffiths, Mathew  LECKIE, Aiden O’Neill, Jamie Maclaren, Florin Berenguer-Bohrer (Gomulka 74′), Andrew Nabbout (Colakovski 76′), Connor Metcalfe (Hall 83′)

Unused Subs: Taras Gomulk, Kerrin Stokes, Luke Oresti, Matthew Sutton (gk)

Adelaide United: Joe Gauci (GK),, Ryan KITTO, George Timotheou, Stefan MAUK (C), Craig GOODWIN, George BLACKWOOD (IBUSUKI 71′), Joe CALETTI (Lachlan BROOK 61′), Javier LOPEZ, Jacob TRATT, Juande Prados LOPEZ, Bernardo OLIVEIRA (IRANKUNDA 61’’) 

Unused subs: Louis D’ARRIGO, Lachlan BARR, Joshua CAVALLO, Steven HALL

Featured 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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