Adelaide City recorded their second win on the trot with a strong and hard fought 2-1 win over Adelaide Olympic in Round 20 PlayStation 4 National Premier League SA action on Saturday afternoon at Adelaide City Park in dreary winter conditions.
By Michael Barbaro
The win allowed City to move to within a point of clinching top spot and a berth in the National Premier League finals, where they would face off with the league leaders from the interstate NPL divisions.
Damian Mori lined up with a 4-4-2 formation with Anthony Costa and Evan Kostopoulos spearheading the attack, while the midfield quartet of Joseph Costa, Tom Love, Nic Bucco and Jordan Pudler were given the job of controlling the game’s tempo.
The clash started with a spark, with both teams on the attack early on, threatening the goalmouth.
However, it was City who drew first blood through Evan Kostopoulos.
Kostopoulos received a ball out on the right side of the attack, and coolly slotted past Olympic’s Daniel Atkins to give his side the lead in the encounter.
Ten minutes later City’s lead was doubled, this time through league top goalscorer Anthony Costa.
A delightful through ball from brother Joseph found the striker, who calmly looped the ball over an oncoming Atkins, giving City a half-time lead of 2-0.
The rain began to bucket down during the break, and the second half was set to be a scrappy affair.
City began the second half how they left off, creating many chances but failing to extend their league.
It was the visitors who scored the next goal, however, through Tito Bontor.
It set up for an interesting final 25 minutes of play, however no team were able to overcome the scrappy and wet conditions in the final moments.
City were able to hold Olympic out for the remainder of the game as news broke out amongst the City faithful that second-placed MetroStars had been held to a 1-1 draw at Marden against Adelaide Blue Eagles.
This result ensured that City must take at least a point from third-placed Comets next Saturday at SA Athletics Stadium.