Adelaide City failed to capitalise on early domination on Monday night, as they were pegged back for a 3-3 draw away to Adelaide Blue Eagles.
Evan Kostopoulos got his team off to a rampant start after just four minutes, as he pounced on some confusion in the Blue Eagles’ defensive third to slot home past Richard Goss.
Minutes later Casalbore got on the end of a brilliant, defence-splitting Nic Bucco ball, but the youngster was denied by a fantastic save.
However, City doubled their advantage not long after thanks to Marcos Flores. Benny Kovadio’s shot was charged down and the Argentine coolly placed the rebound into the corner of the net.
The game seemed to be put to bed in the 34th minute, as Joseph Costa finished Kovadio’s cutback.
Minutes later however, the game seemed to have shifted momentum.
Brad Corbo’s challenge was punished with a penalty for the home side by referee Aaron Galanti, which Alemayo converted.
Evan Kounavelis got on the end of a low and driven cross just before half-time as he tapped in from close-range as City went into the break with a one goal advantage.
Just after the break, City were dealt with a huge blow – Corbo took a heavy touch in the middle of the park and won the ball. However the referee saw things differently and issued Corbo with a second caution, the centre-back given his marching orders.
Two minutes later, Kounavelis struck again as he pulled back another goal for his side to level the game at 3-3.
City were reduced to nine men 15 minutes from time after Zak Waters was given a second yellow for a professional foul, but the Black and Whites were able to hold on for the point.
Coach Michael Matricciani spoke to ACTV post-match to reflect on ninety minutes of entertaining football.
“We dominated the first 35-40 minutes, played some beautiful football.. punished them and then got a bit sloppy and let them back into the game” said Matricciani. “What was most disappointing to me was the lapse in concentration after that and not continuing to play our game”.
However the coach did see the right kind of attitude from his players after the red cards. “What I was happy with was how we reacted after the sending off.. we still tried to attack, we still dominated possession of the ball, we still created chances and even with nine men we were the only team that wanted to win that match”.
Adelaide City take on Adelaide United Youth on Saturday night at Adelaide City Park, as they look to grab their first three points of the new campaign.
By Michael Barbaro