Melbourne Victory have remained in top spot on the A-League ladder and continued to heap trouble on their old rivals, Adelaide United. Victory managed a 2-1 win over Adelaide United at Ettihad Stadium on Saturday night.
It’s been an horrific start to the season for Adelaide, who sit bottom of the league and questions must surely be looming Guillermo Amor. Victory, meanwhile, continue their stellar start to the season and are staring down a second straight title.
In the 14th minute Victory were handed the advantage after Jason Geria was fouled in the box allowing Melbourne Victory a penalty. That allowed the ever reliable Besart Berisha to step up and send Eugene Galekovic the wrong way to open the scoring.
Ten minutes later Victory had another chance, and again it came from a set piece as Gui Finkler sent in a free kick. That ball found Oliver Bozanic who got a glancing header away but it only went across the face of goal.
On the half hour Victory were able to double their lead and yet again it came from a set-piece. Bozanic took the free-kick which seemed to catch out Galekovic, as he struggled to deal with it, getting a hand to it but it wasn’t enough, keeping it 2-0.
Fahid Ben Khalfallah was able to get away two shots late in the half, as he was looking dangerous from distance. Those shots were dipping but they could not get past Galekovic, which kept the lead at two at the break.
Adelaide were doing everything they could to stop Victory from adding to their lead and that often crossed lines of the law. That saw six Reds players shown yellow cards in the first hour, with Bruce Djite perhaps lucky to not be shown a red card when he elbowed his opponent.
The Reds went to the bench after the hour mark Marcelo Carrusca and Isaias Sanchez coming on in an effort to get control of the match. Those changes seemed to work perfectly as Adelaide really started dominating possession and the match.
But for all that possession Adelaide could not make it count, until Kosta Barbarouses brought down Craig Goodwin in the box in the 87th minute. That allowed Carrusca to step up and bury the penalty but it was too little, too late as Adelaide United slumped to another defeat.