Adelaide City surrendered a two-goal second half lead to draw with fourth-placed Adelaide Comets on Saturday afternoon in Round 20 of the 2018 NPL SA.
By Michael Barbaro
The 2-2 result was another missed opportunity for City, as MetroStars 2-1 defeat to Para Hills meant that the Black and Whites could have moved up to second with a victory on Saturday.
It was a frantic opening to the game; City drew first blood within two minutes through Evan Kostopoulos.
Valentino Yuel connected with Anthony Costa in the midfield before receiving the ball back as he used his pace to get past the Comets defence.
Yuel unleashed a pinpoint cross into the 18 yard box as Kostopoulos smashed home from close range.
Shortly after, Nic Bucco’s quick free kick found Joel Allwright inside the area but the fullback’s shot deflected off the crossbar.
However, just before the half-time break Allan Welsh brought down Anthony Costa and City were awarded a penalty.
Costa stepped up to the task, but his effort was saved by Julian Torresan who kept his side still in the balance as they entered half time.
The second half began and City continued to dominate the match.
Joseph Costa was introduced for Stefan Casalbore, and City doubled their advantage just minutes later.
Nic Bucco slipped in creator-turned-goalscorer Valentino Yuel and Yuel’s effort sailed past Torresan, with the home team looking to be on their way to three points.
However, the visitors pegged a goal back 15 minutes from time, as Thomas Briscoe’s cross found the head of Terrence Carter as his header beat Ryan Veitch.
Six minutes later, Comets grabbed the equaliser, completing a miraculous comeback as the ball was unable to be dealt with in the area by the City defence and Chris Pepe’s half-volley found the net.
It was a disappointing result for City, who now must win their final two games to secure a top-two finish along with the double chance.
They now host the Para Hills Knights in their final home game of the regular season, before finishing off with a showdown against MetroStars at TK Shutter Reserve in a fortnight.