Adelaide City moved to within 90 minutes of the 2017 Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 as they progressed to the South Australian Qualifying Final with a resounding 5-1 victory over the Adelaide Blue Eagles at The Parks Football Centre on Wednesday night.
By Michael Barbaro (michaelbarbz22)
The win saw City join MetroStars in the decider after the latter defeated West Torrens Birkalla 2-0 on Tuesday evening.
It was a hotly contested opening to the game; and the Blue Eagles signalled their intent to attack City, testing Luke Ostbye from range.
However, it was City who opened the scoring in the 14th minute through Evan Kostopoulos.
Kostopoulos found space in the box to fire a shot, which Blue Eagles keeper John Solari did well to stop; the winger, however, made no mistake with the follow-up, slotting it past a helpless Solari to give City a deserved lead.
City’s lead was short-lived; their opponents equalised within two minutes thanks after Stefan Simic got on the end of a through ball and finished it past Ostbye.
An exciting six minutes ensued and Blue Eagles’ Italian striker Daniele Grandi hit the crossbar with an audacious bicycle-kick attempt.
Four minutes later, City once again gained the lead, this time through Joel Allwright.
The former Newcastle Jets man retrieved the ball on the edge of the area before firing a cross that took a deflection off a defender before looping into the bottom corner.
Two minutes later, Joseph Costa got on the end of a brilliant Allwright cross – nodding in from close range at the back post to put City 3-1 up.
Adelaide City finally started to control the match, not letting their opponents create any more chances, and tripled their lead twelve minutes after Costa’s header through Allwright, again.
The veteran got on the end of a cutback, sending it past Solari as City went into the half-time break with a comfortable 4-1 lead.
After the break, City continued to press; a Bradley Corbo long ball found Bucco and the midfielder got in behind the defence before firing a finish past Solari.
Bucco, Costa and Butler-Bowdon all had chances late on but couldn’t add to City’s lead, as they ran out eventual 5-1 winners.
After another brilliant performance, star man Nic Bucco was satisfied with City’s performance, intending that it is in City’s bloodline to win trophies, and that the boys will be giving it their all next Saturday.
“I am very happy with reaching the final and our run so far,” Bucco claimed.
“However if we fail to win the cup as a group we will deem it a failure because we set ourselves goals to win every trophy.”
The midfielder also was excited to help his side return to the national stage, claiming that it is where the club belongs.
“The past history of this club is so rich that it will never change; therefore I think it’s very important that we take the club back to the national stage where it has been so successful in the past.”