Adelaide City succumbed to a disappointing 3-0 loss to Campbelltown on Saturday afternoon, loosening their grip on league leaders MetroStars after a one-sided clash at Adelaide City Park.
By Michael Barbaro
City dominated the opening of the match, but were unable to take advantage of their early possession before Campbelltown took the lead in the 21st minute thanks to an Alex Mullen penalty.
Lui Ditroia made contact with Evan Kostopoulos just inside the 18 yard box and kept his feet, however referee Rick Schneider pointed to the spot as Mullen made no mistake from 13 yards, sending Ryan Veitch the wrong way.
It took Campbelltown just 16 minutes following their first goal to double their advantage, as Dion Kirk poked home from close range.
Yohei Matsumoto took the ball down the right before firing a cross into Scott Nagel.
The rebound fell to Kirk, who slotted home from six yards to send his team into the break with a healthy 2-0 lead.
Just after half time, Ditroia had the chance to grab a goal for himself but an outstretched Veitch fantastically saved his low driven effort after he’d got in behind the City defence.
The Red Devils, however, consolidated the three points thanks to a 78th minute wonder strike by Adam Piscioneri.
Kostopoulos’ clearance fell to Piscioneri who unleashed a rocket of a shot from 20 yards.
It was a dominant showing by Campbelltown, who moved into second place and within two points of MetroStars.
Adelaide City will look to bounce back next week as they travel to West Torrens Birkalla while Campbelltown host Croydon.