Adelaide United 1 x 2 Central Coast Mariners – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

A stunning second half comeback – and a Connor Pain howitzer – has inspired Central Coast Mariners to their first win of the season, beating Adelaide United 2-1 on Sunday. A Sergi Guardiola penalty had the Reds 1-0 up at the break at Coopers Stadium before the Mariners launched their fightback. First Roy O’Donovan levelled things up two minutes into the second half before Pain produced an absolute screamer just before the hour mark to complete the turnaround. Despite their best efforts – and the return of playmaker Marcelo Carrusca for the last 30 minutes – Adelaide couldn’t find an equaliser as they slumped to a fourth straight defeat in the Hyundai A-League.

But it was delight for Paul Okon and the Mariners as the club picked up their first victory in 281 days since a win over Wellington in round 17 last season. Catch up with all the action in our match centre here GOALS 1-0 Adelaide: Sergi Guardiola, 27’ Tarek Elrich’s right-wing cross looked to tee up Guardiola only for the striker to be brought down in the box by a mis-timed sliding challenge from Storm Roux for a penalty. The Spaniard sent Paul Izzo the wrong way, calmly placing the ball into the bottom right corner. 1-1 Mariners: Roy O’Donovan, 47’ A turnover in midfield allowed Connor Pain to win the ball and he produced a peach of a pass over the top of the defence to send O’Donovan through one-on-one. And the Irishman did the rest, lobbing it over Eugene Galekovic and into the net. 1-2 Mariners: Connor Pain, 57’ A cross from the right made its way to Pain just outside the box. He cut back inside onto his right foot and unleashed a rocket of a shot which whistled into the top corner. An absolute ripper!

 

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Melbourne City FC 2 – 1 Adelaide United FC – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

A classy brace from Bruno Fornaroli has helped Melbourne City to a thrilling 2-1 win over Adelaide United at AAMI Park on Friday night.

City surged out of the blocks and took a deserved lead after just 10 minutes with Fornaroli netting a cracking strike after some sloppy Reds defending.

Adelaide struggled to cope with City’s high press for long periods but were unfortunate not to grab an equaliser with winger Ryan Kitto striking the woodwork twice in the first half.

City appeared to have sealed the win after Fornaroli netted his second from the spot less than 10 minutes into the second half.

Sergi Guardiola netted his maiden A-League goal midway through the second half to give the Reds some hope but it wasn’t enough as City held on for the three points.

Adelaide have now lost three consecutive A-League matches and have accrued just the solitary point, while City jump into second spot behind Sydney FC.

GOALS

1-0 City:  Bruno Fornaroli, 11’

The Reds conceded possession inside their own half with Fernando Brandan pouncing on the loose ball before feeding Bruno Fornaroli on the edge of the box. The Argentine took a touch before curling a stunning strike into the top corner past the helpless Eugene Galekovic.

2-0 City: Bruno Fornaroli, 56’

City were awarded a penalty after Reds striker Sergi Guardiola was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the box. Fornaroli stepped up to the spot and cheekily slotted a ‘panenka’ down the middle of the goal with Galekovic left stranded.

2-1 Adelaide: Sergi Guardiola 64’

Reds fullback Ben Garuccio showed great pace down the left flank before delivering a superb cross which Guardiola buried with his head from point-blank range.

 

KEY MOMENT

After being second best for most of the first half, Adelaide should have gone into the break on level terms with Ryan Kitto spurning a glorious opportunity in stoppage time.

Spanish midfielder Isaias whipped in a dangerous free kick into the area with an unmarked Kitto smacking a point-blank header into the crossbar.

OPTA DATA

Bruno Fornaroli’s brace took his A-League tally to 29 goals in just 33 Hyundai A-League appearances.

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Sergi Guardiola has joined the Adelaide United on a season-long loan

Sergi Guardiola has joined the Reds on a season-long loan.

Adelaide United have announced the signing of Spanish forward, Sergio “Sergi” Guardiola, on a season-long loan deal.

The 25-year-old joins Guillermo Amor’s squad from Spanish La Liga side, Granada CF, after playing 19 matches for Granada B in 2016, scoring eight goals.

Starting his senior career with Lorca Deportiva CF, Guardiola soon joined former Segunda División B club, Jumilla CF, where he notched up 42 appearances and two goals between 2010 and 2012.

After his spell with Jumilla CF, Guardiola joined Ontinyent CF for the 2012/13 season before signing with Getafe CF B in 2013 and then Novelda CF for 2013/14. During this period, Guardiola made a total of 57 appearances and scored 10 goals.

In 2014/15, Guardiola made 39 appearances and scored 17 goals for CD Eldense prior to moving on to AD Alcorcón and Barcelona B in 2015.

Guardiola said he was very happy to sign for the current Hyundai A-League Champions, promising goals in his first season outside of Spain.

“My first feelings about moving to Adelaide are very good,” Guardiola said. “Everything has been comfortable with coming to the Club and all the people have been very welcoming.

“When Guillermo (Amor) won the league with Adelaide, there was a lot of coverage about it in Spain.

“Then, after I started talking with the Club, I started to follow the team more and more and looked at the history of the team a little bit.

“You can see the A-League is a competition that is developing and to have joined the Champions is very exciting.

“I want the people to know that I am here as a 25-year-old who is looking to score lots of goals and to win games with this Club.

“This is a big step for me and I’m here to work a lot because I want to get the best out of my time with Adelaide United.”

The forward’s new Head Coach and fellow countryman, Amor, said Guardiola was a player Adelaide United’s Football Department took their time to discover and are delighted to have secured someone of his quality.

“Sergi is the type of player we were wanting to bring to our team and to have done this is very good,” Amor said.

“Before signing Sergi, we took our time to look at the many different options we had available and we believe he is the perfect fit for us.

“He is a player with many strong qualities who reads the game very well, but can finish even better.

“We know this will be Sergi’s first time playing outside of Spain, but we are confident in his ability and we know he can score our team goals.

“He is still young and is still developing with his football, but Sergi will fit in well with our team and our football.”

 

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