Adelaide City recorded a character-building come-from-behind 3-2 win over the Croydon Kings on Saturday afternoon in the highly-anticipated Grand Final rematch.
By Michael Barbaro
City trailed 2-0 at half time before a fantastic eight minutes saw them score three spectacular goals to help them to their astonishing win.
Croydon started the match frantically and made City pay for a defensive mistake early on.
Pat Caraccia was fouled on the edge of the penalty area and referee Aaron Galanti awarded a free-kick.
Rocky Visconte stepped up to the task and made no mistake with his left-footed shot to give his side an early 1-0 lead.
Things went from bad to worse for City just ten minutes later, as Croydon captain Luke Klimek doubled their advantage.
Visconte found Klimek on the edge of the area before the skipper unleashed a low drive into the bottom corner.
City began to search for a goal which would get them back into the game, but were unable to capitalise on chances and went into the break with a 2-0 deficit.
Six minutes into the second half, City created a huge chance through Anthony Costa, who cut-back to the byline and Klimek almost turned from hero to the villain as he deflected Costa’s cross onto the crossbar.
A minute later, however, they grabbed a goal back through Costa himself.
Shannon Day’s long throw found Costa who slipped while trying to shoot before flicking the ball up to himself while on the ground and lobbing the ball home from close-range.
In the 57th minute, City drew level through Evan Kostopoulos.
Joseph Costa had an attempt from outside the 18-yard-box following a short corner, which was blocked but deflected into the path of Kostopoulos as the former Adelaide United player made no mistake from the follow up.
Two minutes after, City spectacularly took the lead with yet another fantastic goal, this time through Nic Bucco.
Bucco and Valentino Yuel exchanged passes before Yuel’s cutback found Bucco on the edge of the penalty area as the midfielder buried the volley into the bottom corner of the net past an outstretched Nick Munro.
It was a fantastic comeback by City, as they held on for a 3-2 win.
The win was an important one for the Black and Whites, as it kept them within three points of first-placed MetroStars.
City now turn their attention to Wednesday’s FFA Cup Round of 16 match with SAASL Division 2 giant-killers Ghan Kilburn City FC.