The Perry Park Hoodoo has finally been broken for Adelaide United following their messy 1-0 win over Lions FC in the FFA Cup Round of 16.
United started off shaky under the hex that Perry Park seems to have over the team, providing constant reminders of the disaster round of 32 clash against Redlands United in 2016 where Adelaide were bundled out in extra time in an absolute Cupset.
Near one year on to the day of Regan’s infamous body clash with Mitch Austin, came a copycat performance from Macuace in the 7th minute. The hit led to Izzo remaining on the turf for what felt like an eternity for United fans who were only too aware that the side’s 3rd keeper was the only option on the bench. Izzo managed to pull himself up to play the remainder of the game knowing there was no way he could exit the field whilst Luke “Beanie Bear-ean” remained between the sticks at the other end. It’s unclear whether Luke had the United clash at 7 and an Antarctic trek at 9 or whether his haircut just couldn’t face up to the wonders of that of the Danish Zlatan AKA Ken Ilsö.
Goodwin again became the shining light for Adelaide, pouncing on a Lions’ defensive error in the 31st to net Adelaide’s only goal for the game. Adelaide continued to nervously see out the remaining 60 with the assistance of usual villain, now turned hero, the woodwork. Lions’ Costa Rican Jean Carlos Solorzano was denied on two occasions by mere splinters to put his side back in the game, along with another chance through a wayward header from Brindell-South in the 94th that would have crushed the souls of United faithful.
Apostolos Stamatelopoulos was subbed off in the 62nd for Ken Ilsö, presumably to go lend a hand to his fellow Greek-Adelaidian counterparts also playing in their final 16 Cup clash. The Adelaide Comets, who were 2-0 down to Heidelberg at this point, were likely hoping for a team sheet error technicality to come into play to overrule the end result (surely they misspelt Christophe Theodoridis-Petropoulos right?)
The clash also saw brief game time for newly signed former-Socceroo Ben Halloran, whilst Lia managed to play out the full 90 despite it also being his first-born’s first birthday (Happy birthday Baxter the Puggle!).
And with each 2018 Cup fixture comes another familiar Adelaide face in the crowd- with the Aloisi brothers spotted on the hill for old times sake. Hey, maybe they noticed that Vidmar was hanging around during the Mariners game and was offered a football department role only weeks later? Sniffing around for a job offer boys?
Following the end of Adelaide’s less than triumphant victory came the draw for the FFA cup quarterfinals with United moving on from lions to tigers to face Victory-slayers APIA Leichhardt. And although the win was less than convincing, who can argue with United’s FFA Cup form since the Cup’s inception (2016 never happened). In Kurz we trust!
By Hayley Leedham