R14 Wrap: Adelaide City v Adelaide Olympic
Adelaide City remains top of the table after fending off Adelaide Olympic 4-1 at Adelaide City Park in Round 14 of the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues South Australia on Saturday.
City goal getter Anthony Costa bagged a brace with Nikola Mileusnic and Joshua Mori adding their names to the tally too.
Christopher Mara scored Olympic’s solitary goal.
City started off on the front foot with left winger Lewis Farquhar testing Olympic goal keeper Gino de Lucia with a well struck long distance shot in the third minute.
However, the hosts got themselves into trouble two minutes later, when they scrambled to clear a corner ball from their defensive area.
On the 17th minute mark, City took the lead: Farquhar crossed in from the left side to Costa, who shrugged off two defenders inside the six yard box, to chest down the ball. His attempted shot was saved by de Lucia, but Mori pounced on the ball to give City the deserved lead.
The lead was almost doubled a minute later, when Costa and Mileusnic quickly exchanged passes on a turnover, with the latter striking the bar with a formidable shot from the edge of the box.
Mori nearly bagged a brace three minutes later, when he pounced on an Olympic defensive error, but his attempt narrowly missed the goal.
City continued to dominate the proceedings with goal opportunities in the 28th, 32nd and 34th minute.
Olympic managed to threaten the City goal three minutes before half time, when a long ball from midfield made its way into the City defensive area, where forward Fausto Erba managed to volley the ball first time, but his effort went over the goal.
The hosts returned from the break to double the lead soon after: Farquhar once again crossed in from the left side – this time with a low ball – to Costa, who slotted in the ball from a short distance.
City eased off the pressure and immediately paid the price: the hosts turned over the ball in the 61st minute, Olympic countered with a shot that was parried by City goal keeper Ben Moore - the following corner by Olympic was headed in by Mara.
However, City restored the two goal lead five minutes later, when a well struck left corner ball was headed across the face of the goal to Costa, who himself headed in the ball from a short distance.
Olympic responded with an opportunity in the 70th minute, but Mileusnic killed off the tie in the 81st minute with a stunning strike from outside the box, after a superb slalom-like run by Mamadi Kamara.
Midfielder Nicholas Bucco described the win as a “very important result”.
“The performance was not our best overall,” he said,” but we were clinical at the important stages of the game to put the game to bed, which is important because of brief periods dominance, when they trying to get back into the game.”
Bucco named defensive structure as one of the key components to the win.
“Our defensive structure was important,” he said,” just how we stopping their attacks and kick starting our counter attacking.”
“So I thought our defensive structure was the key to our interplay because one or two of the goals came from counter attacks.”
The win sees City remain in first place with the league leaders hosting Adelaide Comets next week,
Olympic remain in ninth spot and travel to Jack-Smith Park next week to face West Torrens-Birkalla.
Written by Christopher Munker