Eagle’s Wings Clipped as City Moves On

Goal scorer Mamadi Kamara beats his man Photo Joe Janko

Eagle’s Wings Clipped as City Moves On

Adelaide City exhibited its resilience and fighting qualities with a determined 2-1 win against Adelaide Blue Eagles in Round 19 of the PS4 National Premier League at Adelaide City Park yesterday.

By Gianluca Filosi @GianlucaFilosi

The Black and Whites extended their undefeated streak to 10 matches after Mamadi Kamara’s opener and Nikola Mileusnic’s emphatic finish cancelled out Blue Eagles’ equaliser.

Coach Damian Mori had to field a depleted line-up as goal machine Anthony Costa was unavailable, while Nicholas Bucco and Shane Tobias also missed the clash through injury and suspension respectively.

As a consequence the notable absentees forced a reshuffle with Joel Allwright, who has featured primarily at left-back this year, shifting into midfield and Reserve Grade player Brad Corbo occupying the right-back spot.

Both sides started the match with a real intensity, but it was the hosts who mustered the first opportunity.

Kamara marauded his way through the Blue Eagles defence, before firing a shot straight into the opponent’s goalkeeper.

Minutes later, the Black and Whites again came close to breaking the deadlock, seeing three chances go begging from an initial corner.

Gloveman Ben Moore was called into action midway during the interval, executing a smart diving save to deny the Azzurri forward.

Lewis Farquhar later blazed a one-on-one effort after being played in by Mileusnic courtesy of a beautifully lobbed pass.

However, just before the break, the home side finally capitalised on its strong efforts when Kamara’s fancy footwork invited the angle for the youngster to curl his slightly deflected shot into the far corner.

Yet the lead was short-lived after Mattia Perrotti netted the equaliser as both teams went into the change rooms with plenty to dissect.

The second-half saw the game ebb and flow as the likes of Mileusnic, Kamara and Allwright were given more time and space on the ball. And it was Mileusnic who restored the advantage, rifling a thunderous left-footed strike across the keeper and into the top right corner.

The winger then nearly increased City’s margin, first with a long-range ricocheted effort and later he was denied by the onrushing shot-stopper.

Despite those squandered opportunities, the Black and Whites valiantly held on for the three points, defending imperviously for the final five minutes.

The result sees City remain four points clear of Campbelltown City at the top of the league standings.

Adelaide City will look to continue its exciting form when it hosts West Torrens Birkalla next Saturday at home.

By Gianluca Filosi @GianlucaFilosi