Adelaide City recorded a huge and impressive result heading into the 2017 PlayStation 4 National Premier League SA Finals after a 6-0 rout of long-time foe West Adelaide at Adelaide City Park on Saturday.
By Michael Barbaro
It was an important win for City; the result ensured a top-spot finish, and qualification into the NPL finals, where they will face-off against other member federation champions.
The tie got off to a great start for the home side, with talisman Anthony Costa opening the scoring in just the eighth minute.
Joel Allwright got on the end of an impressive Nic Bucco through ball with an inch-perfect cross which Costa poked in from six yards.
It was equally as important a goal for Costa as it was for the club as Comets’ striker Andreas Wins was hot on his heels for the golden boot award.
Minutes later, Costa thought he had doubled his side’s lead with a towering header, but the assistant referee had raised his flag and the goal was disallowed.
However, City did reap rewards for their dominance, and Costa finally got his second in the 29th minute.
Allwright’s fantastic cross found Costa, and his diving header beat Lewis Moss at the far post.
Two minutes later, Tom Love gave City an invaluable 3-0 lead, with a close-range finish.
The fun wasn’t over for City in the half, however.
Costa had his third – and City’s fourth – with yet another great piece of play by the Black and Whites as the striker ensured his finish as the competition’s leading goalscorer with 22 goals for the season.
The goal gave City a healthy 4-0 half time lead with the side looking to gain some momentum heading into the finals.
After the break, City continued to dominate their counterparts, and in the 63rd minute they had the chance to extend their lead.
Mamadi Kamara was brought down by a Hellas defender, however Evan Kostopoulos had his shot saved by Moss, who guessed the right way.
Kamara was menacing throughout the encounter – the winger grabbing two late goals for his side as they ran out 6-0 victors over their old National Soccer League foe.
Following the fixture, FFSA President Sam Ciccarello along with Adelaide City and Socceroos legend Aurelio Vidmar presented the premiership medals to the City players, as Ciccarello handed captain Matthew Halliday the premiership trophy.
However, the work is not finished, and City will next week take on second-placed MetroStars in the first leg of their tie, in what is sure to be another fiery and tense encounter between the sides.