Adelaide United has finally got their first win of the season after they managed an early goal to defeat Perth 1-0 at Coopers Stadium on Sunday evening. The win finally lifts the Reds off the bottom of the table and sends Perth to the bottom as a result.
That goal came just took two minutes in to the match as Michael Marrone was able to slip inside the the right and set up the chance. That allowed him to find Pablo Sanchez who turned and then chipped the ball over Ante Covic to get Adelaide a much needed lead.
It was a dominant performance from Adelaide United in the opening stages of the match and in the 12th minute they could well have doubled their lead. Bruce Djite made a superb run and then sent in a ball for Sanchez who headed it wide with Marcelo Carrusca in clear space ready for an assist.
There were two quick chances at either end, the first to Perth in the 28th minute as Eugene Galekovic was forced to make a save after a nice effort from Sidnei saw him volley but it was well saved by Galekovic. Just after the half hour mark Sanchez played a creat ball for Carrusca who opened up the angle, and looked to chip Ante Covic who did well to make the save.
Perth continued to attack and in the 34th minute they probably should have had their lead after Sidnei was released through the middle. He controlled the ball and then shot but was denied by a Galekovic save before Chris Harold sent the rebound live of goal.
Before the break, Adelaide United had two more opportunities, first in the 41st minute as Marrone was left open and then crossed for Carrusca, who played on to Sanchez, but Adelaide seemed to want to walk it in to the net. The last effort was right at the death of the half as Cirio was given acres of space but could not beat a stunning Covic save keeping it 1-0 at the break.
It should have been 2-0 in the 51st minute when Cirio set up Bruce Djite who was running in space, but he tripped, allowing Perth to clear. Just two minutes later Covic took out James Jeggo in an effort to gain possession but the referee waved play-on.
Just after the hour mark there was another chance from the Reds as they were really going for the match in the second half. In the 62nd minute Marrone’s cross cum shot hung in the air, beat Covic and then hit the post.
Perth pushed in the late going but they could not break through, Perth’s best chance came in the 75th minute from a corner. Antony Golec headed home a corner that went wide with Gyorgy Sandor unable to tap it home, giving Adelaide the 1-0 victory.