Tenacious City Fights Back

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Tenacious City Fights Back

Adelaide City fought to a thrilling 4-2 come-from-behind win over Adelaide Comets in round 15 of the PS4 National Premier League at Adelaide City Park yesterday.

By Gianluca Filosi @GianlucaFilosi

A late rally from the Black and Whites, where they scored three goals in five minutes, to overturn a 2-1 deficit ensured the three points would remain in Oakden.

Thomas Love’s 89th minute volley completed the comeback, but not before Nicholas Bucco equalised two minutes earlier from the penalty spot.

Talisman Anthony Costa and winger Mamadi Kamara also etched their names on the scoresheet.

Coach Damian Mori had to do without his son Joshua, following his move to Adelaide United Youth, while Paul Blefari returned from illness to start in centre-back.

The result sees City extend its lead at the top of the table to five points, after Campbelltown were held to 0-0 draw with Croydon.

City began proceedings at a blistering tempo, passing with real intent and retaining possession of the ball in the process.

And it was not long before the Black and Whites found themselves ahead through none other than Costa.

The striker capitalised on a loose ball inside the penalty area, whose shot proved too hot to handle for Comets’ gloveman to net a league high 16th goal of the season.

However, minutes after City broke the deadlock, the visitors slowly clawed its way back into the clash.

Despite not manufacturing any clear-cut chances City were on the back foot – unable to dominate.

Fortunately for Mori’s troopers, Comets rarely troubled Ben Moore’s goal, and could only muster wayward speculative attempts from distance.

The Black and Whites headed into the dressing rooms with a slender lead, but were frustrated by how the half ensued after making such a bright start.

Following the restart, City thought they had made it 2-0 when Bucco connected with Lewis Farquhar’s cross, but he was ruled offside.

Evan Kostopolous restored parity for Comets unleashing a strike from outside the 18-yard-box and beating the outstretched Moore.

It compelled Mori into altering his tactics and he responded by brining on Thomas Love at the expense of Farquahar to inspire his side.

The move seemed to spark the hosts into life with Costa smashing a volley off a Nikola Mileusnic cross, only to be denied by a fantastic save from the Comets goalkeeper.

And they would initially rue that missed opportunity when Theo Balomenos clinically finished on 82 minutes.

But their elation was short-lived as a spot-kick was awarded to City, with Bucco expertly dispatching his strike to make it 2-2.

After the equaliser, there only ever appeared to be one winner and a swift counter-attacking move saw Love calmly volley home from close range, sending the crowd into scenes of jubilation.

Kamara embellished the emphatic comeback in stoppage time, rifling his near post finish into the roof of the net following another counter-attack.

By Gianluca Filosi @GianlucaFilosi