Adelaide United have defeated Newastle Jets 1-0 at Hindmarsh Stadium to hold onto a chance of a top six finish on the A-League’s ladder.
The only goal of the match came from striker Bruce Djite in the 26th minute to secure the Red’s the seventh position on the ladder, behind Central Coast.
Whilst the goal came from Djite, it seemed that Sergio Cirio was the man to watch, after making a comeback into the Red’s starting line-up.
After only 20 minutes into the match, Cirio was set to score the opening goal if it wasn’t for Jets fullback Jacob Pepper keeping the match even.
But it was the 26th minute in which a cross from Jeronimo Neumann was deflected by Jets goalkeeper Mark Birighitti to the waiting Djite.
The feisty match was turned up a notch when Jets centre half Taylor Regan performed a late tackle onto Marcelo Carrusca, resulting in the first of the matches seven yellow cards.
The atmosphere continued into the second half as Ruben Zadkovich and Carrusca engaged in a personal battle in the midfield.
The game looked up in the air for United as they struggled to contain the visitors’ pressure with Emile Heskey making an appearance with little over 20 minutes remaining in the match.
But the home side held on to give themselves and the supporters confidence for the rest of the season.
“It’s important because for the third game in a row we have a clean sheet, in three games we are getting points, and this gives everyone confidence,” Adelaide United coach Josep Gombau said.
“It’s important today but tomorrow we need to start to work again because on Friday we have another game without some important players through injury, and we need to work a lot this week to prepare for the game on Friday.”
Adelaide United will play Sydney FC at Coopers Stadium.
Written by Airlie Rehmann