City fall to Hellas

City fall to Hellas

By Michael Barbaro

Adelaide City endured their second loss of the season on Saturday, going down to West Adelaide 3-0 in a fiery affair at the VALO Football Centre.

The home side came out firing from the get go, with Hellas creating two quick chances which culminated in a fantastic piece of defending from City on the goal line.

As the first half went on, City began to look more settled in the contest and had two big chances through Evan Kostopoulos and Joseph Costa, but neither one of the duo were able to break the deadlock.

West Adelaide had a golden chance on the stroke of half-time, as Luke Ostbye was forced into a fantastic save.

The second half, however, didn’t take long to see action.

West Adelaide took the lead through Thanasis Leso after the Greek imported slotted home from inside the 18 yard box, seemingly putting City on the back foot.

Fouls in the middle of the park saw Elliot Green, Marcos Flores and Dom Matricciani all booked, before West Adelaide grabbed their second of the game.

West Adelaide received a contentious penalty for handball, as captain Perry Mitris smashed home from 13 yards.

Eight minutes later, Mitris completed the scoring for the home side after slotting home from a free kick just outside the penalty area.

Michael Matricciani after the game admitted that the team found it hard from the beginning of the tie, but expects his squad to bounce back in Thursday’s FFA Cup clash with Campbelltown.

“They put us under immense pressure from the beginning; the size of the pitch affected us and we weren’t able to play our game.

“We’re professionals and we will reflect on the game – if we bring the heart and desire that we’ve brought already this season then we won’t have a problem.”