Bucco Brilliance Dims Metro’s Stars

Adelaide City's Nick Bucco - telling involvment. Photo Chris Kelly

Bucco Brilliance Dims Metro’s Stars

Adelaide City marched to a convincing 3-0 victory over fierce rivals MetroStars in round 11 of the PS4 National Premier League at Adelaide City Park. A Nicholas Bucco double and a solitary goal from Anthony Costa secured the host’s eighth win of the season, consolidating top spot of the ladder for another week.

By Gianluca Filosi @GianlucaFilosi

Coach Damian Mori named a strong line-up for the massive clash and kept faith with his favoured 4-3-3 system. City started the brighter of the two sides and were rightfully awarded a spot kick for a blatant shove on Mamadi Kamara by MetroStars’ gloveman Isaac Carmody. Bucco nonchalantly slotted the ensuing penalty to put the Black and Whites ahead on 12 minutes. He then netted his brace three minutes later in sumptuous fashion. A quick swivel of the hips, saw him evade Jonathan Negus, before unleashing a lowly driven strike on his weaker foot into the back-of-the-net.

City continued to knock the ball around the park with ease and rarely appeared troubled in possession, as the likes of Jordan Pudler, Shane Tobias and Bucco dominated the midfield. Anthony Costa remained unable to add to his impressive 11 goal haul at this stage, after striking a curling effort off target from the edge of the 18-yard box.  Nikola Mileusnic also tried his luck from range, however blazed his shot over the bar as City headed into the break preserving a two goal buffer.

Metro came out of the blocks with real intensity after the interval, desperate to halve the deficit. However the Black and Whites would assume domination of the encounter, and nearly extended their lead as Costa squared the ball to Mileusnic whose shot was tipped over the crossbar. Joel Allwright’s subsequent marauding run caused the Metro defence all sorts of problems and he was consequently fouled in the box. It was the second spot kick City received on the afternoon, however they could not take full advantage after Carmody produced a smart save to thwart Costa.

And the visitors almost made the hosts rue that missed penalty, but for an instinctive save from Ryan Veitch that denied former Adelaide City, Socceroo and Adelaide United icon Travis Dodd. But Costa finally got on the scoresheet, albeit fortuitously, for an astonishing ninth consecutive match. The talisman pressurised Carmody into a mistake as the ball ricocheted off the league’s highest goal scorer to convert his 12th of the year.

Adelaide City will be hopeful of prolonging their stirring form when they travel away to face a struggling Croydon outfit next Saturday.

By Gianluca Filosi @GianlucaFilosi