Here we are in round sixteen and these two teams finally meet, Adelaide coming off the back of a win over their main rivals Victory last weekend, it was time to see how we could do against the new kids on the block. Both clubs having released a few players during the January window it was time to see who stood up in a battle of the “United’s”.
The game moved to Whitten Oval, an AFL ground, and it looked like the crowd was in the next suburb over! It didn’t seem to bother the teams who started with an absolute flurry, like kids on a sugar overdose. Berisha into the game like a bull out of a gate, but failed to convert his early chances. It was Adelaide who took the early advantage, converting in nine minutes, with a Blackwood cross to Mileusnic who fires the ball into goal!
In typical Adelaide style we then have a lapse in concentration in our defence, and three minutes later Berisha in his 200th game scores with his left foot. I shake my head, this exposure of our defence could make this an ugly game, or we could be in for a treat if we keep hard at it, or it could be a long boring game if both teams now choose to “park the bus’.
Luckily, Adelaide were not here to play for the draw, they kept pushing and in the 16th minute Blackwood finds Mileusnic again, squaring the ball in an unselfish manner for Mileusnic to get his second. Suddenly social media is confused who is this goal scoring team, have they all been given the hard word in this January transfer window??
But wait there’s more….In his usual style McGree wants some of the action too, waiting patiently at the top of the box he controls a pass from Halloran and slots it in. If we continue at this pace we might set ourselves a new goal scoring record. However Berisha not satisfied with this scoreline manages to put his second goal away just before half time, Verbeek seemingly not so happy about this receives a yellow card for throwing his drink bottle down!
Three goals in 18 minutes, who is this team?! We don’t score three goals in three games, whoever they are, whatever they did, I like it.
The second half starts and Adelaide seem a little wobblier, and in the 54th minute it is Diamanti who puts one away for Western United, scores now level at 3-3, not what I was hoping for. Really not sure who’s favour this game will now go in.
This time we have to wait 25 minutes between goal, but I’m very relieved it came from Adelaide player “super sub” Konstandopoulos! Adelaide hit the front 4-3, our first back to back win since November.
Next week we play the third final Melbourne team can we make it a hat trick?
By Michelle Reid