City return to winning ways

City return to winning ways

Round 6 – Adelaide City vs Adelaide Olympic match report

By Euan James

Adelaide City bounced back from two consecutive draws with a 3-1 victory against Adelaide Olympic in Round 6 of the NPL. 

It was a cold and wet Monday night at Adelaide City Park but that did not deter City from picking up three valuable points.

Adelaide Olympic started the game well with lots of possession and were pressing City high. Joseph Costa silenced their attack with a free kick that he superbly bent into the top corner to make it 1-0 for City in the 15th minute.

On the 24th minute, Olympics’ Mamadi Kamara seemingly walked through the City defence, cut inside and slotted it past the Luke Ostbye to equalise.

The game then took some time to settle as both teams looked to win the midfield battle. Kamara received a yellow card as a result of overstretching for the ball.

A heated scuffle broke out in the 40th minute because of a late challenge. In the process, Kamara picked up a second yellow for his involvement and was sent off.  This capped off an up and down night for the former Adelaide City man as his poor decision making reduced his side to ten men.

Adelaide City retook the lead and capitalised on their numerical advantage on the stroke of half time. Nicholas Bucco picked up the ball just outside the area and was able to wrong-foot the keeper with a bullet shot.

The second half featured a lot less drama but there was no lack of class from City. Marcos Flores was at his scintillating best, bursting through the midfield and slipping in the wingers.

On the 56th minute, the ball fell to Flores who chested it down to Evan Kostopoulos and he bent it into the top corner for City’s third.

Overall, it was a dominant performance from Adelaide City who were rarely troubled throughout the night.

Assistant Coach, Ollie Totani was pleased with the commitment of the players as manager Michael Matricciani was away for the match.

”It was really easy for us to get the boys on the right track. They were full of desire, full of will and we can’t knock their effort.”

Despite picking up three points Totani didn’t enjoy the experience as the number one man on the sidelines for Adelaide City.

”It’s probably an experience I’d rather not have again, it was quite emotionally draining. I think the club is really lucky to have Michael and in my opinion, he’s one of the best young coach’s in Australia.”

Goalscorer, Evan Kostopoulos reiterated his assistant coach’s comments but highlighted areas that need improvement.

”We got the win, that was the most important thing but I feel like we could have finished the game very early. We need to work on things on the training pitch and build on this momentum.”

Adelaide City has a short turn around to face West Adelaide on Saturday at VALO Football Centre at 5 pm.

Match statistics

Adelaide City                3  (J. Costa 15′, Bucco 45+2′, Kostopoulos 56′)

Adelaide Olympic          1 (Kamara 24′)

Lineup: 20. Luke Ostbye (GK), 3. Bradley Corbo, 45. Tomas Maricic, 4. Elliot Green, 5. Zac Waters, 8. Joseph Costa, 10. Evan Kostopoulos, 11. Nicholas Bucco, 48. Marcos Flores (C) (6. Dominic Matricciani 86’), 9. Anthony Costa, 12. Benny Kovadio (18. Paul Radice 75’)

Unused subs: 17. Stefan Casalbore, 22. Haris Vuckic, 40. Riley Ward