Adelaide City defeated Campbelltown 2-1 in Saturday afternoon’s clash at Adelaide City Park thanks to a brilliant performance by Nic Bucco.
By Michael Barbaro
The win ensured that City retained their four-point buffer at the top of the PlayStation 4 NPL SA table, after the hard-fought result on a wet, rainy Saturday afternoon.
It was a historic day for Adelaide City; the club hosted their first ever double-header as their WNPL outfit demolished Campbelltown’s women 11-0 in the curtain raiser to the clash.
The hosts started off the match in a typical, City-like frantic pace, setting the fast tempo for the match early on.
Anthony Costa proved to be a nuisance for Campbelltown’s defence, forcing a great save out of an out-stretched goalkeeper Nick Harpas.
However, City took the lead in the 21st minute, thanks to that man Costa.
Bucco’s corner was cleared by Harpas, but only as far as the midfielder, who sent an in-swinging cross into the penalty area which was nodded into the back of the net by Costa.
The striker continued his brilliant run of form; it was his 12th goal of the season, as he closes in on leading goalscorer Andreas Wiens of Adelaide Comets.
After the break, it took City just three minutes to double their lead and it was Bucco again, but this time scorer rather than creator, in rather spectacular fashion.
City received a free kick in a dangerous position, and it looked like the midfielder would deliver another in-swinging ball into the area.
Instead, Bucco decided to go alone, looping the ball over the helpless Campbelltown wall as he sent the City faithful into a frenzy of applause.
It was a brilliant performance by the tireless Bucco, his work in the midfield certainly helping City control the tempo of the game.
However, the visitors continued to press towards the end of the match, reaping rewards in the 84th minute through Thomas Strain.
Strain latched onto a delightful through-ball by veteran Iain Fyfe, and coolly slotted the ball past Luke Ostbye.
It was Strain’s tenth goal of the year as the striker continued his own rich vein of form.
The goal, however, proved nothing more than consolation for the visitors, who continued to push for a late equaliser but it was City who held on for the three points.
Adelaide City travel to Para Hills next week to take on the Knights, as Campbelltown host West Adelaide.