Adelaide City moved to within two points of second place with a courageous 3-1 victory over arch-rivals West Adelaide on Sunday at Adelaide Shores.
By Michael Barbaro
The result means that City are now undefeated in their last three matches in the NPL SA in their quest for a top-two finish come regular season end.
In near-perfect conditions, City started off the match relatively strong, yet couldn’t make any of their early.
Valentino Yuel had a shot charged down by Lewis Moss, but Anthony Costa’s followup went well over the bar.
However, Costa managed to get himself on the scoresheet in the 37th minute.
Brad Corbo recovered the ball in the midfield and threaded a pass out wide before the striker fired a perfect shot into the bottom corner past the outstretched Moss.
The goal was Costa’s 13th of the season as he moves to equal top of the goalscoring charts along with MetroStars’ Christian Esposito.
The Black and Whites managed to grab their second of the game on the stroke of half time through midfielder Nic Bucco, who got on the end of a poor clearance to fire home with a thunderbolt from 18 yards to give his side a 2-0 lead heading into the break.
Following the break, the clash was hotly contested.
West Adelaide began to attack more and after 65 minutes Hellas pulled a goal back to make for an interesting finish to the game.
Matt Bouzalas dribbled with the ball on the right and found John Karatzas in the penalty area.
Karatzas pulled the ball past Joel Allwright before firing a close-range shot past Ryan Veitch.
But it was City who drew the final blood in the game through Valentino Yuel.
Anthony Costa received the ball on the left and hit a first-time shot which was parried by Moss into the path of Yuel who poked home from six-yards, giving City a well-deserved and hard-fought 3-1 victory.
City travel to The Parks to take on Adelaide Olympic on Saturday night in a must-win clash that could see them jump into second spot on the ladder.