By Michael Barbaro
Adelaide City endured another disappointing result on Friday night, as they were held to a 1-1 draw by South Adelaide.
Stefan Casalbore’s moment of brilliance cancelled out Liam Wooding’s controversial penalty as City will rue missed chances throughout the game.
The hosts started off the game brightly, moving the ball around nicely and creating a few chances inside the opening quarter of an hour.
And on the half hour mark, it was the hosts that drew first blood as City succumbed to yet another questionable penalty call against them.
A ball was whipped into the penalty area, striking Brad Corbo’s arm, and the referee pointed to the spot much to the delight of the home crowd.
Wooding slotted home from 12 yards as his side looked good value for their lead.
However, after conceding, City pegged back almost immediately.
Paul Radice entered the fray, replacing the injured Anthony Costa, and instantaneously helped his side restore parity.
His perfect lofted through ball found Casalbore on the wing and the youngster skipped past a defender before firing a shot into Panthers keeper Con Zacharopoulos.
However, the goalkeeper tipped it into the path of Christopher Ashwood as the defender suffered an unfortunate own goal.
City in the second half came out firing, doing most of the attacking as Massimo Falco and Casalbore were unable to convert key chances.
Radice’s chip whistled just inches over the crossbar, and Marcos Flores had a free kick attempt kept out by Zacharopoulos.
City move forward to next weekend as they host West Adelaide in a double-header at Oakden as another vital three points are on offer for the Black and Whites.
South Adelaide 1 (Wooding 30’ (P))
Adelaide City 1 (Ashwood 36’ (OG))
Lineup: 1. Ryan Veitch, 3. Brad Corbo, 4. Elliot Green, 6. Dominic Matricciani, 8. Joseph Costa (48. Marcos Flores 56’), 9. Anthony Costa (18. Paul Radice 30’), 10. Evan Kostopoulos, 14. Ante Markulic (49. Massimo Falco 46’), 17. Stefan Casalbore, 19. James Boffa, 45. Tomas Maricic