By Euan James
Adelaide City secured a much needed three points against Metro Stars in Round 10 of the NPL.
The game was an incredibly tight affair and it proved to be a hard-fought victory by the Black and Whites under Friday night lights at Oakden.
The game started slowly as MetroStars had several injury concerns in the opening quarter of an hour.
After that, both sides took some time to settle into the contest as they focused on keeping possession of the ball.
City went on the attack throughout the first half with some balls into the area that troubled MetroStars keeper Isaac Carmody.
Although both sides showed good chances throughout the opening 45 minutes, neither side could open the scoring before the break.
Metro started the second half by making two substitutions as they looked to be inspired to break the deadlock.
In the 50th minute, Joseph Costa’s free-kick met Tom Maricic’s head but the defender’s header unable to find the back of the net.
The game looked destined to be settled by one opportunity and Chris Pepe was there to take it.
In the 64th minute, he made it 1-0 with his first goal in black and white.
It was a well-worked goal as Pepe found the ball on the wing and dinked it over Carmody after some great link-up play between the two Costa brothers.
Metro Stars pushed hard for an equaliser and the fouls started to add up on both sides.
In the 73rd minute, Chris Pepe found himself in the referee’s notebook due to a late challenge.
As the game went on things started to tick over on the sidelines.
The frustration came to a head at the end of the game as MetroStars captain Michael D’Aloisio received a second yellow card for dissent and was subsequently given his marching orders.
The match ended 1-0 courtesy of Chris Pepe and City were ecstatic to claim a much needed three points.
The victory should hold them in good stead as they now move off the foot of the table.
Up next for City is an FFA Cup Quarter Final with Croydon Kings at the VALO Football Centre on Tuesday night.
Adelaide City 1 (Chris Pepe 64′)
Lineup: 1. Ryan Veitch (GK), 3. Bradley Corbo, 45. Tomas Maricic 22. Haris Vuckic, 5. Zak Waters, 8. Joseph Costa (14. Ante Markulic 84′), 6. Dominic Matricciani, 7. Chris Pepe (19. James Boffa 79′), 11. Nicholas Bucco (C), 17. Stefan Casalbore (18. Paul Radice 88′), 9. Anthony Costa
Unused subs: 20. Luke Ostbye (GK), 25. Massimo Falco