A screamer from Argentinian star Jeronimo was definitely the pick of the bunch in Thursday night’s bloodbath at Coopers Stadium, where Adelaide were eventual 5-1 winners against Wellington Phoenix.
It was a night to remember for Adelaide United’s Latin contingent.
Spaniard Sergio Cirio, Argentinian Jeronimo Neumann, and Portuguese star Fabio Ferreira were all instrumental for the Reds, with four goals between the trio.
Awer Mabil was the club’s fifth scorer on the night as Adelaide surpassed Brisbane Roar as the league’s top goal scorers and climbed back into third spot on the table.
Jeronimo’s wonder goal after 22 minutes opened the scoring for the hosts in a first stanza which they dominated from start to finish.
The silky Argentine turned his opponent before waiting for the ball to bounce and striking it sweetly and thunderously from 15 metres out.
Phoenix keeper Glen Moss had no chance as the ball flew into the goal.
The home side’s momentum only increased after taking the lead and it wasn’t long before Adelaide’s Spanish wizard Sergio Cirio doubled their lead.
Cirio had his Portuguese team-mate in Fabio Ferreria to thank, as the skilful winger made a darting run into the box before squaring the ball back to Cirio who took his time to stroke home his fourth goal in two weeks.
The Phoenix’s night only became worse as the second half kicked off.
The visitors lost one of their most promising youngsters Reece Caira when he came off second best in an aerial contest with Adelaide’s Tarek Elrich, suffering a suspected broken cheekbone.
Shortly after, United got back down to business through Ferreira, who probably enjoyed his finest performance in a red shirt this season.
The former Chelsea youth prospect hammered home a shot from a difficult angle, powerfully angling his effort across Glen Moss’ body and into the goal.
Ferreira was in dreamland shortly after when he found Jeronimo with a perfect ball to claim his second assist of the evening.
Jeronimo took care of the rest, sneaking his effort into the bottom left corner with the side of his foot.
However, the Phoenix did score a respectable consolation goal through Costa Rican Kenny Cunningham.
Cunningham, who is enjoying a fine season with his Kiwi club, drove a low strike past Eugene Galekovic in the Adelaide goal from distance in the 67th minute.
Despite the momentary smiles from Phoenix players, their spirits would evaporate minutes later when stern defender Manny Muscat received his second yellow card of the evening after committing a foul on the half-way line.
Kenyan born prodigy Awer Mabil put the icing on the cake for the home fans when he tapped home the ball at the far post of Glen Moss’ goal after a shot from Jeronimo clattered off the woodwork and fell directly into his path.
Written by Ellis Gelios