Adelaide City strolled to a convincing 2-0 win against Playford Patriots in the FFA Cup Round of 32 at Adelaide City Park yesterday (Saturday) afternoon with a 2-0 scoreline.
By Gianluca Filosi @gianlucafilosi
First-half goals from Anthony Costa and Josh Mori were enough to settle the contest and secure Adelaide City’s passage into the Round of 16.
Costa opened the scoring early for the hosts with a clinical finish after capitalising on an errant back pass from Playford’s centre-back.
The striker should have then doubled his side’s advantage moments later, but blazed his effort from close range over the bar.
Playford had a chance of their own to restore parity, but were denied thanks to a diving save by gloveman Ryan Veitch.
But the hosts quickly made it 2-0 as Mori connected with Joel Allwright’s teasing cross to head home inside the six-yard box.
The second stanza saw Adelaide City continue in a similar fashion as they began the first – enjoying plenty of the ball though missing several opportunities.
Lewis Farquhar had a glorious chance to make it three, but was denied by the goalkeeper with Mamadi Kamara seeing his follow-up attempt striking the crossbar.
However, it was inconsequential as the Black and Whites marched into the next phase of Australia’s largest cup competition.
FFA Cup – Three things we learned – Adelaide City FC 2 Playford City Patriots
Match played at a frenetic tempo
Despite the warm conditions, the clash was played at an extremely high intensity with both teams looking to attack in their first instinct. However, it was the Black and whites who dominated possession for large periods of the match and were more efficient with their distribution.
City control the midfield
The midfield trio of Bucco, Shane Tobias and Jordan Pudler were rarely fazed by the opposition and were instrumental in igniting City’s attacking moves during the first-half. The combination of short passes from Tobias and Pudler as well as the pin point diagonal balls from Bucco, to switch the play, were key in breaking down the Patriots.
City wasteful in attack
While overall it was a promising performance, coach Damian Mori may lament a lack of composure in the final third. Had it not been for some profligacy up front, City could have easily won the game by a greater margin and avoid giving the opposition a sniff. Nevertheless, given it was a knockout match, winning is the most important aspect first and foremost and that is exactly what Adelaide City did.