Adelaide City consolidated top spot after a 6-0 white wash over Adelaide United’s NPL team in round 7 of the PS4 National Premier League at Adelaide City Park. It was a historic clash as the two biggest names in South Australian football, Adelaide City and Adelaide United, played each other for the first time in a competitive fixture.
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The Black and Whites cruised to an absolutely convincing victory as a stunning hat-trick from Nikola Mileusnic as well as solitary strikes from Nicholas Bucco, Anthony Costa and Mamadi Kamara settled the one-sided contest.
Coach Damian Mori named an unchanged line-up for the inaugural encounter, retaining faith in the XI which disposed of Campbelltown the previous week. The Reds began the brighter of the two teams dictating possession and almost found the opening. However, it was not long before the hosts seemed in total control with Thomas Love threading a perfectly waited pass into the path of Kamara, only for the latter to be ruled offside.
City took the lead through a wonderful volley from midfielder Bucco in the 13th minute. Thomas Love’s pin-point cross found Bucco on the edge of the area who sweetly connected first-time to clinically dispatch the ball into the bottom corner.
One-nil quickly became 2-0 as Mileusnic added to his impressive scoring tally for the Black and Whites. More chances followed for Adelaide City followed as Costa and Kamara both saw several attempts that failed to trouble the Reds’ gloveman. The midfield trio of Jordan Pudler, Thomas Love and Bucco illustrated their class in dominating the midfield and restrict the involvement of the likes of former City junior, Dylan Smith, and Mark Ochieng.
Desperation by City to protect their two goal buffer was a sight to behold, highlighted by Pudler committing a last ditch challenge on Ochieng – preventing a certain goal before half-time.
After the interval, it was all one-way traffic as Mori’s men exerted their dominance and nous. Costa etched his name onto the scoresheet as he met Mileusnic’s cross, before instinctively beating a defender to nonchalantly finish over the goalkeeper.
City then scored three goals in quick succession, sending a statement of intent to the rest of the competition. On 82 minutes it was 4-0 after Kamara’s initial shot was parried, but Mileusnic followed up on the rebound for the simplest of finishes. Kamara scored a goal of his own in the rout with a textbook side volley, while Mileusnic completed the mauling with a sumptuous strike with the assistance of the upright.
City will be hoping to carry their stirring form when they travel away to face old rivals Adelaide Blue Eagles in a League clash on Saturday, and then follow up again with the same opposition on Anzac Day Monday at home two days later.
For now, the first stone (or six) has been thrown in what could turn out to be the first stirrings of future rivalry.
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