R21 Wrap: Modbury Jets v Adelaide City
Substitute Marco Mittiga bagged a stoppage time winner to help Adelaide City snatch all three points from Modbury Jets in a closer affair at Jet Park on Friday night in Round 21 of the PlayStation 4 National Premier League South Australia.
City captain Matthew Halliday feels his side put in a solid first half performance and said the opening goal came a crucial time.
“The conditions were pretty tough and with their new players I thought we were pretty solid all over the park and did a good job to get the goal.”
“We put them on the back foot for quite a bit in that first half and the goal in the 17th minute set the tone for the rest of the half but it wasn’t enough at the time to feel comfortable during that first half.”
After going down, Jet left winger Fabian Rinaldo said the team was still positive but knew it was going to be difficult.
“As long as we could get to the half without conceding another goal we knew we’d have a good fight in the second half and we were good enough to get the goal late in the half.”
Rinaldo said the home side maintained the same approach after the break.
“We kept going with the same attitude we had in the first half, we just kept working and I think we can be proud about our performance.”
The midfielder said the equaliser definitely lifted the confidence in the style of play as Modbury got their reward with a quarter of an hour to play levelling the scores at 1-1.
“I think even after the goal we went up another level, we held well together so it was good.”
As the match headed for a draw, Halliday said the changes that were made assisted in finishing the match strongly.
“We had to bring some new players off the bench, and they added a bit more fire power.”
The move proved to be a success, with Mittiga coming off the bench to score the decisive goal in the 93rd minute.
The City skipper said getting the goal was more of a sense of relief.
“We needed those three points to keep in touch with the league leaders. To get that right at the death was a great feeling and a good win for the boys as well as a sense of relief.”
Rinaldo said it was heartbreaking to concede at such a late stage of the game.
“We’ve been on the other side of that this season already so it’ just one of those things that happen. We take it on the chin but it definitely hurt.”
Article by Andrew Lodiong - @Andrew_Lodiong