For the third consecutive year, Adelaide City will contest the state Cup Final. The team’s determination and resilience has shone through again in 2015 with a come from behind 4-1 semi-final victory over Port Adelaide Pirates at Shores Football Stadium. Sunday 28 June 2015. Lock it in, because that’s the day Adelaide City will now take on Croydon Kings in the State Final of the Westfield FFA Cup.
Last year a dogged West Adelaide pushed the black and whites in the final at Hindmarsh Stadium, but City ended up with a convincing 4-1 win and went on to even greater heights in the Final 32 national competition. In 2013, it was White City who succumbed, but not before contesting a tight penalty shoot out going down 5-4 in the elimination process.
This year’s winner will again not only be crowned state cup victors but also move into the Final 32 of this prestigious national competition, where they will join Metro Stars (having qualified as 2014 PS4 National Premier League Champions) as South Australia’s only other representative.
The previous week’s semi-finals have produced the final two challengers following the high drama 2-2 (4-2 Pen) extra time defeat of White City by Croydon Kings at Elite Systems Football Centre, and Adelaide City’s 4-1 victory over Port Adelaide Pirates at Shores Football Stadium.
Adelaide City had to come from behind after Giles scored for Pirates in the 26th minute of play, and that they did with Anthony Costa netting just 6 minutes later to level the scores. Joel Allwright followed suit just before half time for the black and whites seeing the team take a one goal advantage to the break.
City, wearing their away strip, were held at bay by the designated home team for the best part of quarter of an hour into the second half as Pirates controlled the game with some tidy short passing. Progressively from there however, City’s momentum gathered and another goal from Costa (72′) sparked a series of raids on the opposition net, shots twice cannoning off the woodwork before a flowing sequence of passes saw captain Matthew Halliday clinch the final score at the 86th minute.
Prior to the semi-final, City won through with victories over Western Strikers (4-0), West Adelaide (4-0), and Para Hills (3-1).
To add to the success in this competition, City’s u18 team are also through to the state final and will take on the nearby Metro Stars in the opening match of the day with a 10:00am kick off. Having defeated Western Strikers (7-1), West Adelaide (3-1), Para Hills (11-0) in the Quarter Finals, and Playford (4-2) in the semis, coach Petropoulos’ young team has acquitted itself admirably. Adelaide City is the only club with two senior teams in the finals.
The state final will be played on 28 June 2015, a Sunday, at Elite Systems Football Centre, 46 Cowan Street, Angle Park.