February 17, 2017
Three days ago Carrusca was angry after coach Guillermo Amor chopped him from Asian international club soccer despite all the glory and joy the Argentine has brought to the team and Reds fans since 2012.But wearing the skipper’s armband in the absence of Eugene Galekovic the Argentine marvel proved he is a player that leads by example and he will be sorely missed in Asia after Tarek Elrich won a spot kick in the 61st minute.Elrich slalomed his way inside the box before he was fouled by two former Reds, Daniel Mullen and Nigel Boogaard.Carrusca rushed towards the ball as soon as referee Kurt Ams pointed to the spot.He then wrong footed Jets keeper Jack Duncan to jag his first goal of the season before kicking a bunch of advertising hoardings in obvious frustration.
Carrusca’s goal was enough for Adelaide in a 1-0 win at Coopers Stadium leaving United six points behind sixth-placed Western Sydney before the round is complete this weekend.It was just the Reds third win in 20 matches this season but after Adelaide was pummelled 5-0 by Perth Glory at Hindmarsh a week ago, heading for refreshments at half-time with a clean sheet was a dramatic improvement before Carrusca jagged the winner.But for all of the Reds huff and puff in the opening 45 minutes, only the brilliant feet of Carrusca and the hard work of Isaias and Riley McGree ensured the Reds had the ball at the attacking end of the park. But once Adelaide hit the Jets box it showed why it still has the worst attack in the league when Jordan O’Doherty’s angled shot was the only one on target inside the first half.Despite missing Iacopo La Rocca due to a hip flexor injury, Dylan McGowan and former Jets stopper Taylor Regan manning the heart of defence saw the Reds holding firm.McGowan is destined to leave Adelaide at the end of the season after his agent Buddy Farah on Friday confirmed the defender had signed a multi-year deal with an unnamed European club.McGowan, 25, started the clash after Amor gave the defender time to decide if he was capable of taking the pitch after his father James McGowan was convicted of murder in Scotland on Thursday.McGowan at the end of the clash crashed to his knees in what was clearly a tough 90 minutes for the centre back as he started his 41st consecutive match for the Reds.With the Reds nullifying the Jets, Adelaide keeper John Hall only made one save in the first half but it turned out to be sickening.The 22-year-old was caught off his line and as he was retreating after Morten Norstrand’s looping header was goal bound, Hall palmed the ball out for a corner before his head crashed against the upright.
The thud silenced the small crowd of 6642 but Hall made an incredible recovery after the 35th minute scare.Nine minutes before that, Isaias went down with a knee injury after suffering discomfort when he smacked a long ball forward.With new South Korean signing Kim Jae-sung warming up and about to make his debut for the Spaniard, Isaias went to the sidelines, had his right knee heavily strapped before resuming in the 26th minute.But at half-time Isaias failed to reappear and Jae-sung made his debut wearing No. 7.McGree dropped into the defensive midfield role for Isaias while Jae-sung partnered Carrusca in the attacking midfield role with Adelaide in command.
Unfortunate head-clash save
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A-League: Adelaide's goalkeeper makes an impressive save a the cost of his own well-being.
Nikola Mileusnic missed the target from 6m after a perfect Carrusca corner in the 52nd as Adelaide was searching for an opening goal was the first warning shot.A minute later Jae-sung was unlucky not to have scored when his thundering 7m drive from an Elrich cross was deflected for a corner.Less than 60 seconds later a Carrusca corner evaded everyone within a metre of the goal line inside the six yard box but not the hand of Sergio Cirio which was spotted by referee Ams.A-LEAGUEAdelaide United 1 (Marcelo Carrusca 61m) Newcastle Jets 0 at Coopers Stadium – Referee: Kurt Ams – Crowd: 6642.Originally published as Reds bounce back to beat Jets