Adelaide eye unique treble


Adelaide United have already turned their attention to claiming more silverware this season following their historic Westfield FFA Cup triumph on Tuesday night, which was watched by record numbers around the country.

The Reds are still on a high following their 1-0 victory over Perth Glory enabled the club to claim their first major honour in over eight years.

It was a memorable night all around with more than 16,000 fans cramming into Coopers Stadium, while a record 104,000 viewers tuned in on Fox Sports.

Adelaide triumph in inaugural Cup Final

Josep Gombau’s side will have to come back down to earth quickly with a Hyundai A-League clash at Newcastle on Friday night but the newly crowned Cup Champions are hell-bent on tasting more success now they have broken their trophy drought.

“I think what’s fantastic about this is the team is so tight knit,’’ striker Bruce Djite told the Adelaide Advertiser.

“I couldn’t think of winning anything with a greater bunch of boys, so really happy for my team-mates and the fans have waited so long they’ve got something they can claim — there’s something in history there.

“We enjoyed (Tuesday night) we celebrated well but we’ve got a game (on Friday).

“It’s important we focus on that and we really have to win to stay in touch with and Melbourne Victory. At the end of the day we want to win as many trophies as we can.”

With the Westfield FFA Cup safely in their keeping, Adelaide have the chance to complete a remarkable treble if they can win the Premiers’ Plate and grand final in the new year.

“We will work for this (treble) but after I don’t know,’’ Gombau said.

“For us it’s important to win something and to have this feeling is very good.”

Spaniard Sergio Cirio – who scored in every round of the Cup and was the hero in the final with his 67th minute winner – described this victory as the most important of his career.

Reds chairman Greg Griffin hailed the win as a huge achievement for the game in South Australia.

“What we’re trying to do at this football club is making sure players want to play for us,’’ Griffin said.

“We’ve got a coach (Josep Gombau) who they want to play under and a playing group that really likes each other and plays well together.

“We’ve actually got to reinforce the fact that we’re a good place to be. Hindmarsh (Coopers) is a great stadium and we sold that FFA Cup final out in a day and a half.

“The day the (FFA Cup) draw came up my response was ‘we are taking this thing seriously’. It’s great for the state.